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BC works videos: Liam's Map, Rachel's Valentina & Stopchargingmaria |

Three members of trainer Todd Pletcher's Breeders' Cup team turned in works at Keeneland Monday morning. Woodward (G1) romper Liam's Map breezed a half-mile, with connections still weighing the Dirt Mile (G1) versus the Classic (G1). Jockey Javier Castellano was aboard as the speedy gray reeled...

Harmonize leads packed field in Jessamine Vance Hanson |

The Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" Challenge prep seasons winds down Wednesday when Keeneland hosts the $150,000 Jessamine (G3), a 1 1/16-mile prep for the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). Fourteen are in the main body of the field, with two also-eligibles hoping to draw in. Favoritism is likely...

Got Lucky gets the win, and Distaff berth, in Spinster Jennifer Caldwell |

Got Lucky just overtook champion and 8-5 favorite Untapable by a neck to capture Sunday’s $500,000 Spinster S. (G1) at Keeneland. This win, her first at the Grade 1 level, earned Got Lucky an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) over the self-same 1 1/8-mile distance and Keeneland...

Airoforce takes flight in Bourbon Kellie Reilly |

Trainer Mark Casse already had one Breeders' Cup Challenge winner assured of a spot in the Juvenile Turf (G1) -- Summer (G2) hero Conquest Daddyo. In Sunday's $250,000 Bourbon (G3), he added to his squadron as Airoforce landed the final "Win and You're In" for the Juvenile Turf, and stablemate...

Riker earns Kentucky Derby points, shot at Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Grey win Jennifer Caldwell |

The connections of undefeated Riker are dreaming big after the Include colt wired Sunday’s $114,045 Grey S. (Can-G3) at Woodbine by 1 1/2 lengths. The Tucci Stable colorbearer grabbed command soon after the start and never looked back, drawing off by as much as four lengths on the backstretch...

Gamble’s Ghost appears on Mazarine wire, Kentucky Oaks leaderboard Jennifer Caldwell |

Gamble’s Ghost was sent off the 2-5 favorite in Sunday’s $136,169 Mazarine S. (Can-G3) at Woodbine, and the Josie Carroll pupil needed every bit of her class to get the win after a troubled trip. Gamble’s Ghost and jockey Luis Contreras found themselves running well off the :24.30, :49.82 and 1:15...

Dettori provides Arc storyline |

story and photos by RON FLATTER Frankie Dettori leaps toward the crowd after winning PARIS -- On an afternoon that was supposed to end up feeling a lot like it did after American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, it felt more like one of those days when California Chrome and Smarty Jones did not....

Foret hero Make Believe enters Breeders' Cup Mile picture Kellie Reilly |

Four of the six Group 1s on the Arc undercard figure to have Breeders' Cup implications, chief among them the Prix de la Foret (G1). The about seven-furlong test has been known to yield clues for the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), and may do so again. After Make Believe's solid performance, trainer Andre...



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.