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Mohawk Scorched With Talent On Metro Pace Program; Yonkers Presents ‘Trot’ And Messenger Frank Cotolo |

Saturday, Sept. 3, delivers big Labor Day Weekend stakes. At Mohawk, two-year-old pacers take the spotlight in the annual Metro Pace and the She’s A Great Lady finals. The latter marks the return of Thats The Ticket, last week’s monumental pick that paid $119 (currenly the top candidate for our...

Battle Beckons Big-Boy Pacers; Green Gals Trot For Big Bucks Frank Cotolo |

This week, the Breeders Crown Countdown addresses the older male pacing division and the freshman filly trotters. Older pacers face another huge purse while competing against most of the same foes they’ve faced through the season when Mohawk presents the $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on...

How we're betting the 2016 Kentucky Downs meeting Ed DeRosa |

Kentucky Downs is utterly unique as a racetrack in North America, but handicapping this all-turf racecourse in bucolic Kentucky does not require a unique approach to handicapping. Kentucky Downs begins its five-day all-turf meeting on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the action will be fast and furious...

Kentucky Downs opens 5-day run with full fields & a quartet of lucrative stakes James Scully |

Featuring low takeout and record purses, Kentucky Downs begins its popular five-day run on Saturday with a 10-race card packed with horses. A staggering 136 horses were entered for the opening-day program at the turf-only venue featuring an undulating, European-style 1 5/16-mile course. Seven races...

American Cleopatra tops Del Mar Debutante Jennifer Caldwell |

A field of seven has been entered in Saturday’s $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (G1) going seven furlongs, but all eyes will be on one filly making her stakes bow in the race. That filly would be American Cleopatra, a full sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah who broke her maiden at first...

Sweet Loretta, Pretty City Dancer among seven entered for Spinaway Jennifer Caldwell |

Seven juvenile fillies are set to line up in Saturday’s $350,000 Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, and two of those already bring a stakes win into the seven-furlong affair. That would be Sweet Loretta and Pretty City Dancer, who captured the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) and Debutante Stakes,...

Frosted seeks third straight Grade 1 win in Woodward Vance Hanson |

With startling, eye-catching performances from California Chrome and Arrogate the last two weeks, connections now have an idea what kind of competition lies ahead for Frosted two months from now in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). On Saturday, the Godolphin-owned gray will turn in what might be his...

Out Cap Da Shap Daily Pick 4 tickets |

Scott Shapiro's Late Pick 4 Tickets at Del Mar All tickets will be placed for the base value of 50 cents and will be posted after early scratches WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 Closing week at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club commences with a challenging eight-race Wednesday afternoon card, which of 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.