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Field favored at 5-1, McCraken top individual in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 Kellie Reilly |

Upon the conclusion of Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) Sunday evening, the mutuel field of “All Other” three-year-olds proved most popular at 5-1 (with $33,029.72 in the gross win pool). That would yield a $12.40 payout for a $2 wager, if none of the 23 named interests turns out to...

Unique Bella closes at even-money in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Kellie Reilly |

Star three-year-old filly Unique Bella was sure to be heavily favored in the season’s one and only Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW), but even an 8-5 morning line proved too high. Bettors piled on, sending $21,718.72 of the $56,337.32 gross win pool her way, until she closed as the even-money...

Contenders Strike With Trifectas, Exactas; $10 Winner Tops Pick-3 Legs; Power-Plays Power-Filled At Northfield Frank Cotolo |

We were packed with action this weekend, starting at Saratoga on Feb. 23. We offered four contenders for the exotics, focusing on the superfecta. The race favorite (not included in our quartet) won. We had the second horse, Bye Bye Michelle ($3.00, $2.50) for a $13.00 exacta, and the show horse,...

How to bet the 2017 Risen Star and supporting stakes at Fair Grounds Ed DeRosa |

The Risen Star Stakes not only kicks off the Kentucky Derby Championship Series but also anchors a 6-stakes card among 12 races today at Fair Grounds. As part of that stakes six pack in which five of the added-money events are graded, is putting up 3-million points for those who...

Local Hero, Honorable Duty among stakes plays at Fair Grounds James Scully |

Fair Grounds will offer six stakes races Saturday, including the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) and $200,000 Rachel Alexandra (G2) for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks hopefuls, and players at have the opportunity to split 3 million TSC Elite points by wagering at least $150 on all of...

What the Kentucky Derby Picture Looks Like Entering Championship Season |

What does the Kentucky Derby points picture look like as we enter the Championship Prep Season? by Alastair Bull The preps are all done. Now is when the serious championship qualification races for the Kentucky Derby begin. Barring the last-chance Lexington Stakes April 15 at Keeneland, the...

After recent upset, Elate might be worth taking in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW) Vance Hanson |

The one and only Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW) of the year runs through Sunday evening at 6 p.m. (EST), and the general consensus regarding the Oaks picture is that Unique Bella would be an overwhelming favorite to win it if it were held tomorrow, next week, or next month. Songbird, a...

Seven things to know for Risen Star Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds is the first of this year’s contests to offer a total of 85 points toward the Kentucky Derby (G1) (not counting the prep race in Japan, with different points rules). The increased point total, on a scale of 50-20-10-5 to the top four, marks the...



Derek Simon TwinSpires' horse racing author, handicapper, and podcast host, Derek Simon of Denver, Colo. offers his insightful, humorous and sometimes controversial take on the horse racing industry. He even publishes the ROI on the picks he gives out.
Frank Cotolo TwinSpires' harness racing expert, Frank Cotolo follows all of the big North American circuits throughout the year, providing the best value picks and latest news from the sulky.
Ed DeRosa The Director of Marketing for Bloodstock Research Information Services (BRIS) and a lifelong Thoroughbred racing enthusiast and astute handicapper, Ed joined Churchill Downs Inc. following nine years as a writer and editor with Thoroughbred Times.
Peter Thomas Fornat A writer and editor who has been following horse racing for fifteen years. Peter has written books for the Daily Racing Form Press; Crown; and Simon and Schuster; among other publishers, and regular features in The Horseplayer Magazine.
Jill Byrne A television racing analyst for Churchill Downs, Jill has earned acclaim and a loyal audience throughout Thoroughbred racing.