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Sheikhs, Shahs & Pharoahs headline 2015 Kentucky Derby |

by John Mucciolo A stellar, top-heavy field of sophomores will headline the Run for the Roses in the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2. It’s been a long time since we’ve had so many formful results in prep races, which says something about the quality of the better part...

Carpe Diem a picture of power Kellie Reilly |

I'm not a professional work watcher, nor do I play one on TV. And as a further disclaimer, I've been a Carpe Diem fan since his terrific debut sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga. But the Kentucky Derby (G1) contender could hardly have made a better impression in his Saturday drill on a picture-...

Kentucky Derby Bubble Watch – 5 horses waiting for a defection James Scully |

No horses stepped back from the brink last week, leaving the status of five Kentucky Derby hopefuls in limbo as their connections anxiously await any future defections from the prospective 20-horse field. A points system determines eligibility for the Kentucky Derby and Madefromlucky (30 points),...

Predicting the Kentucky Derby Pace Derek Simon |

One of the things that makes the Kentucky Derby a race like no other is the pace. Whereas most races at 1 1/4 miles or greater produce moderate early fractions, the Kentucky Derby is often run like an elongated version of the All-American Futurity, as horses struggle to find and maintain position...

Why is the Kentucky Derby called the Run for the Roses? Kellie Reilly |

Although the Kentucky Derby has a few nicknames, perhaps its most lyrical is the "Run for the Roses." Evocative of the garland of roses draped across the victorious horse in the winner's circle, it conjures up images of past greats sporting the floral adornment at Churchill Downs. Roses have been...

No Sound Reason to Bet On Cozmic One in Debut |

One of the most talked about and publicized unraced horses is finally set to make his career debut in the second race on April 17 at Santa Anita Park. Cozmic One, the first foal out of the great Zenyatta, will break from the rail in a one-mile maiden special weight event with Victor Espinoza aboard...

Top Three Have Separated Themselves From the Rest of Talented Derby Field |

by LAURA PUGH At the conclusion of the Championship Series of the Kentucky Derby Preps, it looks as if my prediction came to be. On my last analysis of the current Derby Top Twenty I wrote “So, what can we expect in round three? I would say expect the top horses to further distance themselves,...

10 Fun Facts about the 2015 Kentucky Derby Jennifer Caldwell |

The Kentucky Derby has four different nicknames – “The Run for the Roses” “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” “America’s Greatest Race” “The Oldest Continuously Held Major Sporting Event in America”   There are three fillies – Regret (1915), Genuine Risk (1980) and...



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.