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Pocono Sun Stakes Saturday In The Spotlight Frank Cotolo |

This holiday weekend we begin on Friday, July 3 with our features, on the East Coast at the Meadowlands and in the Midwest at Northfield. Pocono Downs’ annual Sun Stakes Saturday sparks the Fourth of July with explosive finals and top-class affairs for sophomores and older pacers and trotters...

Suburban features key player in older horse division James Scully |

After serving as a premiere event for many decades, the Suburban Handicap was downgraded from Grade 1 to Grade 2 status in 2009. The move came as a no surprise following consecutive wins by a trio of unheralded horses -- Political Force, Frost Giant and Dry Martini. However, the 1 ¼-mile race at...

TURF TALK: Ed DeRosa & Vance Hanson Discuss the Older Male Division |

June 30, 2015 The older male division has not yet delivered on the promise it held coming into the season, but Vance says "fear not!" in this latest edition of TURF TALK, noting that the 2nd half of the year is when championships are decided.

Boys Battle For Real In ‘Beal’ As Top-10 Contenders For August Surface Frank Cotolo |

Colt trotters will receive the spotlight this weekend at Pocono Downs with the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Final at Pocono Downs, along with its $75,000 consolation, both attracting the highest talent of the sophomore trotting division. The consolation is among the action earlier on Pocono...

American Pharoah cruises in return to worktab Kellie Reilly |

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah has continued to present a magnificent appearance in the three weeks since completing his historic sweep -- as if the rigors of the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness (G1) and Belmont (G1) had little effect on his constitution. When graciously parading for his...

Scores At Pocono, Meadowlands, Produce; $22 Northfield Winner Tops Lot Frank Cotolo |

Our week began on an up note, with a winner in the Meadowlands’ $50,000 Open on Friday, June 26. We took it straight up with Obrigado ($10.20, $5.00, $2.80). Pocono’s Sun Stakes Saturday’s overture featured a bevy of eliminations on June 27 to set up the dynamic card coming next Saturday, July...

Include Betty refuses to be left out in Mother Goose Jennifer Caldwell |

Saturday’s Mother Goose S. (G1) at Belmont Park turned into a tour de force, but not for the expected fillies. The 1 1/16-mile contest showcased the return of Eskenformoney (Eskendereya) off a troubled 10th-placing in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1), and also featured Wonder Gal (Tiz Wonderful)...

Churchill Downs ABC for getaway night spiraling to Ellis Park Ed DeRosa |

Churchill Downs drops the curtain on its 2015 spring-summer meeting on Saturday, June 27, and it's a tough 11-race card featuring four Pick 4s, including an all-stakes sequence with a pair of juvenile stakes. As evidenced by the grid below I'm especially befuddled by the early double of maiden...



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.