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Texas Chrome scores gutsy Oklahoma Derby triumph Jennifer Caldwell |

Despite bringing a two-race win streak into Sunday’s $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park that included the Super Derby (G2), Keene Thoroughbreds LLC’s Texas Chrome was sent off the second choice in a field of 11 runners. The game colt proved best, though, scraping the paint off the rail...

California Chrome, Beholder, Flintshire, Runhappy to prep Saturday for Breeders’ Cup Kellie Reilly |

When the Breeders’ Cup preps kick into high gear next weekend, a murderers’ row will take to the tracks on both coasts and the Bluegrass State. Consider this as an appetizer, or a tease, of Saturday’s coming attractions. SANTA ANITA Santa Anita will host two of the most popular champions in...

California Chrome arrives at Santa Anita, ‘ready to go’ for Awesome Again Twinspires.com |

California Chrome arrived at Santa Anita Park around noon (PT) on Sunday to begin his final preparations for Saturday’s $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (G1). “The trip was uneventful,” assistant trainer Alan Sherman said following California Chrome’s 34-mile freeway trek from his base at Los...

Hopefully not too late to hop on the Grum/Pitts bandwagon Vance Hanson |

Is it too late to jump on the Grum/Pitts maiden claiming bandwagon? I'm hoping it's not the case as Sunday's fifth race at Churchill Downs approaches. Owner-breeder Clifford Grum and trainer Helen Pitts have already struck twice this week with longshot maiden claiming winners. On Thursday, Ours to...

Best ‘Jug’-Heat Win Hit At $23, $30 Place; ‘Bucket’ Spills $13 Victor; Chalk Covers Feature Stakes Results Frank Cotolo |

Our history of Little Brown Jug heat-and/or-heat-and-final winners continued on Sept. 22 with our strong choice in elim-heat two, Western Fame ($23.40, $30.60 ok n/s), who beat up on favorite Racing Hill so badly that he did not return for the second heat. We were second in the first elim heat with...

Penn Derby muddies the picture; Songbird continues to romp Twinspires.com |

Story & photos by Teresa Genaro With the Pennsylvania Derby a rematch of the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby – a trio that included one horse who won the Preakness and Haskell, and another who finished third in two Grade 1 races this year – one might reasonably have expected the race...

Deeply Undervalued pays $15.40 in Commonwealth Derby; big ‘Impression’ in Oaks Kellie Reilly |

Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Deeply Undervalued turned out to be the value play in Saturday’s $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G2), for the 6-1 chance toppled a useful field at Laurel Park. It’s tempting to say he lived up to his name, with the “deeply” part perhaps in the eye of the...

Connect shakes up division further with Pennsylvania Derby upset Vance Hanson |

Connect parlayed a ground-saving trip into a 10-1 upset of Saturday's $1,250,000 Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at Parx, fending off the wide-rallying Gun Runner by nearly a length and divisional stalwarts Nyquist and Exaggerator by larger margins. Under Javier Castellano, Connect completed nine furlongs...

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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.