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Scioto Smasher At $57; ‘Wiggle’ Wins Again; H2W Nabs 41 Percent Across-The-Board Prices Frank Cotolo |

Last week, on Wednesday, May 25, we returned to Twitter and sent five spot plays on the Buffalo program. We scored with one, Before I Die ($11.80, $5.00, $2.60). We were third with KD Bella ($5.90) and Tys A Big Star ($3.40), sixth with Flashy Trick (6-1) and eighth with Francessa (115-1). On...

Shotgun Cowboy key to Lone Star Late Pick 4 James Scully |

The $300,000 Lone Star Park H. (G3) serves as the headliner on the Memorial Day program, with a field of seven squaring off at the 1 1/16-mile distance, and Shotgun Cowboy can regain his winning ways. He reeled off three straight victories last season including the Oklahoma Derby (G3). The 4yo...

11-1 Si Sage leads home big-priced trifecta in Whittingham Kellie Reilly |

Sunday’s $201,725 Charles Whittingham (G2) at Santa Anita looked a lot more competitive on paper than the market suggested, and so it proved as 11-1 Si Sage sprang the front-running upset over 32-1 Patentar with the 20-1 Montego Bay in third. Bal a Bali, the 7-5 favorite, did himself no favors...

Songbird records five-furlong move in 1:00 |

Edited Press Release On an overcast Sunday morning, undefeated champion Songbird worked five furlongs over Santa Anita’s fast main track shortly after daybreak in 1:00 with exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez aboard. Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had fractional times for Songbird of :24 and :48.20...

Lexie Lou regains winning form in Nassau; Isabella Sings new tune in Miss Liberty Kellie Reilly |

Two turf distaffers answered key questions on Sunday: Lexie Lou, the 2014 Canadian Horse of the Year, proved that she’s not done yet by snapping a losing streak in Woodbine’s $177,184 Nassau (G2), and Isabella Sings proved that she’s not a need-the-lead type after all in the $82,000 Miss Liberty at...

Exaggerator in high spirits after arriving at Belmont Park |

Edited Press Release Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator left Pimlico at 8:08 a.m. (ET) Sunday morning and arrived in New York in good order early Sunday afternoon to continue his preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park on June 11. Exaggerator, second in the...

Suddenbreakingnews breezes six furlongs for Belmont |

Edited Press Release Samuel Henderson’s Grade 3-winning Suddenbreakingnews, fifth when last seen in the Kentucky Derby (G1), continued preparations for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (G1) on June 11 with a six-furlong breeze in 1:12.40 Sunday morning over Churchill Downs’ fast main track with Joe...

Tepin’s owner makes right call to proceed to Royal Ascot Kellie Reilly |

You know the old poem, “For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the rider was lost. For want of a rider, the battle was lost. For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost.” After trainer Mark Casse cast doubt upon champion turf mare Tepin’s...



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.