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Meadows And Meadowlands Explode With Stakes, Stars And Excitement Frank Cotolo |

It’s a big weekend for harness racing bettors, followed another big weekend for harness racing bettors. We leave July 2015 by diving into stakes that roll into the first weekend of August and lead to the second week of August—the end of the Hambletonian Trail. The TwinSpires exclusive...

'Pharoah Phan Phestival' offering all American Pharoah, all the time Jennifer Caldwell |

American Pharoah photo courtesy of Bob Newell/Horsephotos.com With the arrival of American Pharoah at Monmouth Park, the "Pharoah Phan Phestival" has kicked into high gear. The celebration features numerous giveaways and a few appearances by the Triple Crown champion before culminating in the bay...

Short but exciting cast set for Jim Dandy James Scully |

Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga will lose some cross-entered horses to other three-year-old stakes this weekend, but the presence of three confirmed runners -- Grade 1 winners Frosted and Texas Red, along with the up-and-coming Japan – makes the 1 1/8-mile race a compelling event....

Rock Fall to clash with Salutos Amigos in Vanderbilt Vance Hanson |

Rock Fall, Todd Pletcher's budding star sprinter who comfortably dispensed with six rivals in the June 5 True North (G2) at Belmont, has a potentially interesting showdown Saturday with Salutos Amigos in the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. (G1) at Saratoga. A winner in five of six starts, all in...

Madefromlucky heads West Virginia Derby field in flux James Scully |

Peter Pan (G2) winner Madefromlucky is the horse to beat in Saturday’s $750,000 West Virginia Derby (G2) at Mountaineer. Eleven were entered but at least five will be cross-entered to other stakes this weekend. There are too many 1 1/8-mile stakes for three-year-olds this weekend. Along with the...

La Verdad goes unchallenged in Honorable Miss Vance Hanson |

Unlike last year when she broke slow over a sloppy track, La Verdad had no difficulties dominating Wednesday's renewal of the $196,000 Honorable Miss H. (G2) at Saratoga. The speedy mare assumed her customary position on the front end, carved out reasonable splits of :22.47 and :45.03 while...

Saratoga Notebook - July 29 John Mucciolo |

A handful of fine graded stakes races took the spotlight during the opening week of racing at Saratoga Race Course. Diana S. (G1): Speedway Stable’s HARD NOT TO LIKE (Hard Spun) swung wide into the stretch and got the best of a few good foes, edging Tepin (Bernstein) by a nose under John Velazquez...

O'Sullevan, "Voice of Racing," dies at 97 Vance Hanson |

Sir Peter O'Sullevan, the "Voice of Racing" in Great Britain for 50 years as lead commentator for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), died at his home Wednesday at the age of 97. According to Racing Post, O'Sullevan worked on the racing desk at the Press Association (PA) before assuming...

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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.