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American Pharoah needs perfect storm to win 2015 Belmont Stakes Vance Hanson |

American Pharoah probably didn’t need the help, but a perfect storm played a part in washing away the chances of his main rivals in last Saturday’s Preakness. In order to sweep the Triple Crown in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, American Pharoah needs another perfect storm. Not necessarily the kind...

Threes-And-Up Conflicts Abound For Big Bucks, Big Action Frank Cotolo |

We’re back at Yonkers this week on May 23 for stakes; this time with sophomore pacers battling for berths in next week’s Art Rooney Memorial. Two elims gather the fields of prospective “Rooney” finalists. But the guys don’t out-number the girls this weekend, as filly pacers charge at a few tracks...

The Ghosts of Belmont Stakes Past Ed DeRosa |

Will American Pharoah do what the 12 Derby-Preakness winners in the videos below could not and win the Triple Crown of American Thoroughbred racing by capturing the Belmont Stakes? (I'll Have Another won the Derby-Preakness in 2012 but did not start in the Belmont)  

Habitat Chases Streak; Sires Stakes Battles All Weekend Frank Cotolo |

This week the Hambletonian Trail starts on Thursday, May 21, with glamour-boy colts on the Yonkers half mile in New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) divisionsworth $54,000-plus each. The first NYSS split has three eligibles in its six-colt field. It would seem one of them, Mythology Bluechip, could be...

Speed is key for American Pharoah in 2015 Belmont Stakes James Scully |

American Pharoah carried his speed all the way in sensational fashion at Pimlico, a stark contrast to the Kentucky Derby where he rated a couple of lengths behind pacesetter Dortmund down the backstretch before working hard to grind out a one-length victory. Is there any doubt surrounding his best...

Preakness Recap: The good, the bad and the ugly Derek Simon |

He came. He saw. He conquered. After giving his all to win the Kentucky Derby by a hard-fought length, American Pharoah cruised in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, pulling away to a 7-length score in the Preakness Stakes, while his two closest pursuers in Louisville, Dortmund and Firing Line...

American Pharoah: A consummate professional chases history |

by Laura Pugh The day of the 140th Preakness Stakes started out with an abundance of sun. It was a bright, warm, beautiful day. That is until 10 minutes before post time. The small promise of rain began to be fulfilled just as the field made their way onto the track and into the saddling paddock....

Century Downs Coup With Trio Of $30-Plus Winners; $20 Upsets In Sires Stakes Scores Frank Cotolo |

Between the suggested action on the features and the horses-to-watch (H2W) list from this blog and the cluster of races offered on the Hambletonian Trail blog, we were productive in the profit department. The highest prices of the coverage were once again produced by Canada’s newest track,...



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.