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Super Saturday News & Notes - Santa Anita Park |

Santa Anita Park hosts the 2016 Breeders’ Cup on November 4-5, and racing fans can get a preview of the big event this weekend with the first of two Super Saturdays. Five graded events are on tap Saturday at the California venue, each a “Win & You’re In” offering guaranteed berths to the...

Super Saturday News & Notes - Belmont Park |

Five major graded contests are scheduled for Belmont Park on Super Saturday, and two are even “Win & You’re In” races for the November 4-5 Breeders’ Cup. The $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) has drawn top Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) contender Flintshire while the $350,000 Vosburgh Stakes (...

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe News & Notes |

The 2016 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) will look a bit different this year. The prestigious event is being run at Chantilly instead of its normal venue of Longchamp while that track undergoes renovations. While the course may be different, the excitement leading into the popular race is still...

Ambitious Brew, Holy Lute upset Eddie D divisions ahead of Turf Sprint Vance Hanson |

Unlucky to lose the same race in a photo two years ago as the favorite, Ambitious Brew bounced back to pull off a minor upset in the first division of the $101,725 Eddie D (G3) at Santa Anita on Friday, potentially stamping his ticket for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) over the same course and...

Deep cast of 11 juvenile fillies set for Prix Marcel Boussac Kellie Reilly |

Arc Day opens with a bang in the form of the Prix Marcel Boussac (G1), a one-mile event for juvenile fillies that’s attracted some very smart prospects among the cast of 11. If the winner takes up the “Win and You’re In” offer for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), she’d bring a rich...

So Mi Dar heavily favored in Prix de l’Opera, WAYI for Breeders’ Cup F&M Turf Kellie Reilly |

But for an ill-timed injury earlier in the season, So Mi Dar would have already tested her mettle at the Group 1 level. The John Gosden filly rated as the leading challenger to Minding ahead of the Oaks (G1), only to miss Epsom and spend the summer on the sidelines, in a tantalizing “what-might-...

Finding value on a seemingly chalky BC Super Saturday Preview Day Vance Hanson |

California Chrome, Flintshire, Runhappy, Klimpt, Forever Unbridled...these are just a few of the popular stars participating in the first round of final Breeders' Cup preps on Saturday, and all hard to oppose in their respective races. Indeed, as many good races as there are around the country,...

10 possible Breeders' Cup contenders in action on Arc Day |

By RON FLATTER Saint-Cloud, France – It sounds odd to say that a $5.6 million race – the world’s richest on turf – is a prep for something else. But with the Breeders’ Cup five weeks off, that is an essential element of Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1). “The Breeders’ Cup is a possibility...



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.