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Texas Red maturing physically, mentally ahead of Travers Kellie Reilly |

Texas Red was no match for the brilliance of American Pharoah when the pair met as juveniles in last September's FrontRunner (G1) at Santa Anita. But the son of Afleet Alex was lanky and unfurnished way back when. Fast forward to the Travers (G1), and trainer Keith Desormeaux notes that Texas Red...

Violette still having 'internal battle' over whether to run Upstart in Travers Kellie Reilly |

Trainer Rick Violette continues to do his Hamlet impression regarding Upstart's status for the Travers (G1). After expressing doubt last weekend about running his charge against American Pharoah, the horsemen entered Upstart, and is now playing the waiting game before a final decision. "My horse...

McLaughlin takes contrarian view, thinks Travers pace scenario may not benefit American Pharoah Kellie Reilly |

While many observers have explained that the lack of a really speedy pace rival plays into American Pharoah's hands, there is a contrarian voice out there: Kiaran McLaughlin, the trainer of Travers (G1) rival Frosted. "My thought process is that if there's no pace, he's (Pharoah) going to set the...

Top 10 reasons why American Pharoah could lose the Travers Kellie Reilly |

When pondering what circumstances would have to conspire to make Saratoga the "Graveyard of Champions" for American Pharoah, I was reduced to the most far-fetched fancies. If you'll bear with those as a light-hearted preamble, there are three legitimate possibilities at the end. So without...

American Pharoah continues to please in first tour of Saratoga Kellie Reilly |

American Pharoah, who arrived at Saratoga Wednesday, turned in his first gallop at the Spa early Thursday morning and later schooled in the paddock. Throughout his activity, the Triple Crown champion continues to exude confidence ahead of Saturday's Travers (G1). "Boy, he was happy on the track...

ON POINT: American Pharoah & the Travers Stakes |

August 27, 2015 Despite 1-to-5 odds on American Pharoah, neither Ed DeRosa nor James Scully are willing to pick against the Triple Crown champion in the Travers Stakes. Both seek value underneath by beating one of the other Grade 1 winners--either Frosted or Texas Red—underneath.

Pharoah heads fantastic day; Beholder throws down gauntlet |

By Dick Powell The historic Travers Stakes (G1) will be run for the 146th time on Saturday and despite the naysayers, me included, Triple Crown winner AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof the Nile) will be in the starting gate at 5:46 p.m. (ET). The race will be televised nationally on NBC and their...

Questions to ask before betting for or against American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes Ed DeRosa |

For some the Travers will be an exhibition. The Triple Crown champion is running in the most prestigious race for three-year-olds outside of that Triple Crown championship, and his race against the historical records of the 11 who came before him is enough juice for some racing fans. Not for me,...



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.