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The 2015 Kentucky Derby: Fathers and Sons Kellie Reilly |

Of the 20 horses now expected to line up in the starting gate in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), 10 -- exactly half -- were sired by veterans of Derbies past. Three are by Kentucky Derby-winning stallions. Dortmund is by Big Brown, the 2008 winner, and like his sire, he enters the Run for the...

Baffert’s ‘second horse’ a Kentucky Derby betting angle James Scully |

Bob Baffert has been in this position before, coming to Churchill Downs with both the favorite and another leading Kentucky Derby contender. And his “second horse” has notably outperformed the favorite both times. Do you know what they say about things happening in threes? Barring a bad post at...

American Pharoah creates a stir, widens gap as Kentucky Derby favorite James Scully |

The text message came shortly after the phenomenal workout: “AP is going to airmail.” That was a friend’s take after American Pharoah recorded his final Kentucky Derby breeze on Sunday. To say American Pharoah looked good would be an understatement – the immensely talented three-year-old had...

Form, Pedigree, Speed, & Red Flags of 100-point Winners Twinspires.com |

Brisnet.com pedigree handicapper and blogger Doug Salvatore will profile each of the expected Kentucky Derby starters in terms of classic breeding and current form/speed. The first installment looks at the top seven contenders as ranked by the Kentucky Derby points system. For FREE Ultimate Past...

Super $51 Score In Grand Circuit Stakes; Overnights Shine With Strong Prices Frank Cotolo |

The weekend was heightened on Saturday, April 25 with a big coup in the official opening of the Reynolds Grand Circuit stakes, when we supported the winner at the Meadowlands. Fast Movin Train ($51.60, $19.40, $7.60) was every bit as good as we thought he would be and certainly went off at odds we...

Your A-to-Z Guide to the 2015 Kentucky Derby Kellie Reilly |

With six days to go before the Kentucky Derby (G1), let the alphabet guide you through the main players in the 141st Run for the Roses. A is for American Pharoah, the presumptive Derby favorite who extended his winning streak to four with an eight-length rout of the Arkansas Derby (G1)....

American Pharoah Kentucky Derby Workout Turns Dial to 11 Ed DeRosa |

One of my favorite scenes in The First Saturday of May begins with a close-up on Barbaro before panning out to reveal the crush of media surrounding the eventual winner as his connections went about mundane daily tasks.  As big as the Kentucky Derby is as an American institution—the pageantry...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon Derek Simon |

Host Derek Simon updates listeners on how defending Horse of the Year California Chrome is doing at Newmarket (as he prepares for Royal Ascot) and how Shared Belief is recovering from an injury he sustained in the Charles Town Classic. Then, following an abbreviated History segment regarding the...

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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.