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Shonan Pandora escapes the box, inflicts heartbreak on Last Impact in Japan Cup Kellie Reilly |

Tetsuhide Kunimoto’s Shonan Pandora weaved her way through traffic in the stretch to mug the rail-hugging Last Impact at the wire in Sunday’s Japan Cup (G1), in a one-two finish for their great sire Deep Impact. Both collared 8-5 favorite Lovely Day in deep stretch, relegating him to a close third...

Overnight Winners In Pricey Parade; Average Win Price $13.71, Top Winners $34, $28, $25 Frank Cotolo |

Since one of our features, the Progress Pace, is set for a day after our press time, we will cover our results in our next blog. Meanwhile, a great deal of success was posted in our H2W (horses-to-watch) list for the past week, through Saturday, Nov. 28. For complete details, see the list below for...

Japan Cup preview: will the home team keep the trophy for the 11th straight year? Kellie Reilly |

It’s been 10 years since a foreign shipper upstaged the Japan Cup (G1), and even then, British-based Alkaased just lasted by a flared nostril from Japan’s hard-charging Heart’s Cry. With the Japanese team reduced by injuries this year, there’s a current of thought that the internationals have a...

Key race replays for the Japan Cup Kellie Reilly |

For late-night cramming ahead of the 1:40 a.m. (EST) feature at Tokyo, here are some key race replays to accompany our Japan Cup (G1) preview and quotes from connections. Eight runners are coming out of the Tenno Sho Autumn (G1), led by the victorious Lovely Day and fourth-placer Shonan Pandora...

Quotes from Japan Cup connections Kellie Reilly |

Now that we’ve previewed the field for the Japan Cup (G1), which goes off at 1:40 a.m. (EST) tonight, here are selected quotes from Alan Cooper, racing manager for the Niarchos Family, on Erupt: “The Japan Cup has long been a race of high importance in our racing calendar. Back in...

Dortmund pulls away in easy Native Diver score Jennifer Caldwell |

Kaleem Shah Inc.’s Dortmund continued his winning comeback with an easy 4 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s $150,000 Native Diver S. (G3) at Del Mar. With jockey Gary Stevens aboard, the Bob Baffert-trained sophomore glided under the wire to finish nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:48.06...

Chiropractor caps graded double for Glen Hill, Proctor in Hollywood Derby Kellie Reilly |

About an hour after Family Meeting sprang a 37-1 upset of the $101,750 Jimmy Durante (G3) at Del Mar, her stablemate Chiropractor (right) made it a Saturday turf stakes sweep for owner/breeder Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor in the $302,250 Hollywood Derby (G1). A 14-1 overlay himself,...

Airoforce storms home in Kentucky Jockey Club James Scully |

John C. Oxley’s Airoforce made a seamless transition from turf to sloppy conditions in Saturday’s $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs, rallying to the lead in midstretch and drawing away to a 1 3/4-length decision. Julien Leparoux was up on the Mark Casse trainee, who picked up 10...



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.