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Trotters Poised To Race Into History In Hambletonian And ‘Oaks’ Frank Cotolo |

The traditional, original format of the Hambletonian, presenting elimination heats and a final, allows the classic event to dominate a stupendous program of racing on Aug. 8. The elims decide the final’s field and the winner of the final is the champion. The filly version, the Hambletonian...

Travers moves to the fore for American Pharoah’s next start James Scully |

The guessing game started the moment he finished dominating the competition in Sunday’s Haskell (G1) – where will American Pharoah run next? In the last 48 hours, owner Ahmed Zayat provided some insight via Twitter, removing the Pacific Classic (G1) on August 22 and the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) on...

A.P. Smithwick the latest clash between two champions Vance Hanson |

Steeplechasing, like poi, is not for every taste. But more than four decades after it ceased being a staple of day-to-day racing at Aqueduct and Belmont Park, that branch of the sport remains one of the unique charms of racing at Saratoga. That is not to say NYRA has not bent to commercial...

Del Mar Notebook - August 4 John Mucciolo |

A Grade 1 affair headlined the third week at Del Mar Race Course. Clement L. Hirsch S. (G1): Spendthrift Farm’s BEHOLDER (Henny Hughes) tracked while close, took a shot lead approaching the turn for home and dominated this field with ease, cruising to a seven-length romp under Gary Stevens. The...

Arlington Million Day fields starting to take shape Kellie Reilly |

Thanks to the Arlington barn notes, we're getting a firmer idea of the prospective fields for the August 15 Million Day extravaganza. Here are the contenders named in the latest dispatches. The American-based runners are listed first, followed by the likely European contingent: ARLINGTON MILLION...

American Pharoah's exercise rider on what makes the champ special Kellie Reilly |

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah was in tip-top shape the morning following his Haskell Invitational (G1) heroics, according to exercise rider Jorge Alvarez. "He came out of the race perfect," Alvarez said. "He looks like he could go out there and do it again today. He wasn't even tired this...

Upstart to target Travers Vance Hanson |

Upstart, third to American Pharoah in Sunday's Haskell Invitational (G1) in his first start since trailing a field of 18 in the Kentucky Derby (G1), will now target the $1 million Travers (G1) at Saratoga on August 29. "He came out of the race great; cooled out well and scoped clean," trainer Rick...

American Pharoah has nothing more to prove against his peers Vance Hanson |

A point emphatically made in June was marvelously belabored at Monmouth Park on Sunday: American Pharoah has nothing more to prove by running in age-restricted events. As expected, that empirical statement hasn't silenced the drumbeat of those arguing the Travers (G1) and/or Pennsylvania Derby (G2...

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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.