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Ben Franklin Forecast Is Fiercely Fast At Pocono; Sophomores Co-Star; Northfield Trotting Trial On Tap Frank Cotolo |

The July Fourth weekend in the U.S. offers great harness racing. America’s racehorse, the standardbred, is represented in stakes, features and overnights, all available for play on your TwinSpires platform. On July 2, Pocono Downs’ big stakes night of finals presents star casts, fields of...

‘Beal’ Battalion Featured Alongside Tompkins-Geers At Pocono Frank Cotolo |

Trotters will compete on Saturday, July 2 for $500,000 in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial final at Pocono Downs, as well as in the $77,380 Tompkins-Geers colt trot and $55,380 Tompkins-Geers filly trot at Tioga Downs on Friday, July 1. The “Beal” final possesses two trotters ineligible to the...

Birdatthewire, Limousine Liberal headline Summit of Speed program James Scully |

Birdatthewire tops eight distaffers in the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) and Limousine Liberal is the likely favorite among seven runners in the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G2), the two main events in Saturday’s Summit of Speed at Gulfstream Park. The 7-furlong Princess Rooney and 6-furlong Smile...

Full Mast owns class edge in King Edward Vance Hanson |

Full Mast made a favorable impression in his U.S. debut June 5 at Belmont Park, rallying from behind a sizzling pace to beat third-level allowance company. The Juddmonte Farms homebred seeks to add to that North American success Saturday at Woodbine in the C$200,000 King Edward (G2). An early turf...

Mother Goose features Rachel’s Valentina, Lewis Bay Jennifer Caldwell |

Three of the seven fillies entered in Saturday’s $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park took part in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 6. While Mo d’Amour went on to compete earlier this month following her fifth-place Oaks finish, both Lewis Bay and Rachel’s Valentina...

Bashford Manor, Debutante highlight finale of Churchill spring meet Vance Hanson |

The sun will set, literally and figuratively, on the Churchill Downs Spring Meet Saturday as the final session of racing at the Louisville track until September will be contested under the lights. Barring a hit on Thursday or Friday, the possibility of a mandatory payout in the Single Six figures...

Melatonin, Lord Nelson capture Grade 1s; speed gets better as week progresses at Santa Anita John Mucciolo |

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK A pair of Grade 1 races were offered last week at Santa Anita. Gold Cup S. (G1): Tarabilla Farms’ MELATONIN (Kodiak Kowboy) took a short lead at the top of the lane and gamely held off all comers in posting a 1 ½-length win under Joe Talamo. The David Hoffmans trainee endured...

Melatonin’s speed, Mo Tom’s closing kick on display James Scully |

Don’t waste any time analyzing his first nine starts in 2013-15, those races don’t matter. When it comes to Melatonin, his racing career essentially began on February 6 at Santa Anita. That’s when the 5-year-old made his two-turn debut, winning a 1 1/16-mile allowance/optional claimer by 3 ¾...

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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.