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Shapiro reviews star-studded days at Del Mar |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO The stars were out during an exciting second week “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.” A thrilling stretch duel between California Chrome and Dortmund in the San Diego Handicap highlighted the first full week of racing at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.  Between the battle of two...

Songbird stands up to Carina Mia’s challenge in CCA Oaks Jennifer Caldwell |

Undefeated champion Songbird tried 1 1/8 miles for the first time in her career in Sunday’s $294,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga, and did so against one of her toughest opponents to date – Carina Mia. It was also the first start for Songbird at what is affectionately known as the...

Nyquist turns a smooth mile in final work for Haskell |

Edited Del Mar press release Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist worked a mile in 1:39.40 at 1 p.m. (PDT) Sunday in his final workout before returning to the races next Sunday in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Nyquist has been away since incurring the first...

Beholder's stellar breeze causes Mandella to sing |

Edited Del Mar press release Seconds after Beholder worked five furlongs in :59.20 “breezing” Sunday morning, Richard Mandella turned to a video crew and vocalized a phrase from the Buck Owens classic “Act Naturally.” “Bet you I’m gonna be a big star,” Mandella sang, approximately in tune and...

Forever Unbridled, Tom’s Ready breeze at Saratoga |

Edited Press Release Grade 1 heroine Forever Unbridled and Grade 2 victor Tom's Ready, both being pointed to Grade 1s on Travers Day, August 27, breezed a half-mile over Saratoga's fast main track Sunday morning. Charles Fipke homebred Forever Unbridled and G M B Racing's Tom's Ready each went...

Dacita doing good following Diana score; Flintshire, Lady Eli work |

Edited Press Release Dacita, who rallied relentlessly on the far outside to win Saturday's Diana Stakes (G1) at Saratoga in a thrilling blanket finish, came out of the race well, as did Chad Brown's three other runners – third-place finisher Rainha da Bateria, seventh-placer Mrs McDougal and 10th-...

Destin on course for Jim Dandy |

Edited Press Release Grade 2 winner and Belmont Stakes (G1) nose runner-up Destin emerged from his latest breeze in good order and remains on target for Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2). The sophomore son of Giant's Causeway worked five furlongs in 1:00.87 Friday morning at Saratoga to...

Rachel’s Valentina retired; Stradivari stable at Rood and Riddle |

Edited Press Release Stonestreet Stable's homebred Grade 1 winner Rachel's Valentina has been retired, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Sunday morning. The lone daughter of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, Rachel's Valentina won her two-year-old debut by two lengths at Saratoga Race Course...



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.