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Stormy Lucy makes waves in $132.80 upset of Matriarch Kellie Reilly |

In an ultra-competitive renewal of the $302,250 Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar Sunday, it’s easy to see why Stormy Lucy was ignored as the second-to-longest shot on the board at 65-1. Winless from seven career starts at a mile (including an eighth in the 2013 Matriarch at Hollywood), and from five tries...

Field favored in Pool 1 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager |

Edited Press Release With the Kentucky Derby still 23 weeks away, the pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Olds” closed as the odds-on 3-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) and unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Nyquist was the 9-1 second choice. Other horses...

Dressed in Hermes prevails in Cecil B. DeMille Jennifer Caldwell |

Budget Stables’ Dressed in Hermes rated in midpack during Sunday’s $101,750 Cecil B. DeMille S. (G3) at Del Mar before running down Collected in the lane to score by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey Mike Smith. Trained by Janet Armstrong, the bay juvenile bided his time as Manhattan Dan led the way...

Mohaymen, Lewis Bay exit Remsen, Demoiselle in good order |

Edited Press Release Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen emerged from Saturday's Remsen (G2) victory in good shape, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin on Sunday morning. Armed with a perfect three-for-three record, which now includes a pair of Grade 2 victories, as well as 10 points on the Kentucky...

Mr Speaker retired to stud at Lane's End Kellie Reilly |

Mr Speaker’s career has ended just about a month after John Boehner’s. In a press release issued Sunday afternoon (posted in a slightly edited form below), it was announced that the Phipps blueblood was retired to stud at Lane’s End. While I shouldn’t have been surprised after his subpar...

Casse dreaming of Kentucky Derby following Saturday victories |

Edited Press Release Norman Casse, chief assistant and son to trainer Mark Casse, can’t help but dream about Kentucky Derby 142 after two big wins on Saturday’s “Stars of Tomorrow II” card at Churchill Downs with John C. Oxley’s Airoforce in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and Conquest Stables’...

Shonan Pandora escapes the box, inflicts heartbreak on Last Impact in Japan Cup Kellie Reilly |

Tetsuhide Kunimoto’s Shonan Pandora weaved her way through traffic in the stretch to mug the rail-hugging Last Impact at the wire in Sunday’s Japan Cup (G1), in a one-two finish for their great sire Deep Impact. Both collared 8-5 favorite Lovely Day in deep stretch, relegating him to a close third...

Overnight Winners In Pricey Parade; Average Win Price $13.71, Top Winners $34, $28, $25 Frank Cotolo |

Since one of our features, the Progress Pace, is set for a day after our press time, we will cover our results in our next blog. Meanwhile, a great deal of success was posted in our H2W (horses-to-watch) list for the past week, through Saturday, Nov. 28. For complete details, see the list below for...



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.