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Top Older Pacers Launch Series-Stakes Season At Yonkers With ‘Levy’ And Matchmaker Frank Cotolo |

This week our official stakes-and-series season begins with the George Morton Levy and and Matchmaker series at Yonkers (March 17 and 18th). Older pacers of both sexes will battle it out for five weeks in prelim legs and face off for a big final. The legs for horses are $50,000 each and $40,000 for...

Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report March 14: San Felipe post-race blues, Tapwrit ascends in Tampa Bay Derby James Scully |

Favored at odds-on, Mastery did not disappoint posting a dominant wire-to-wire victory in the San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita but any celebration was short-lived as the unbeaten colt exited his 2017 opener with an injury that knocks him out of Kentucky Derby consideration. He earned a 102 BRIS Speed...

Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight Recap: San Felipe & Tampa Bay Derby John Mucciolo |

San Felipe S. (G2): MASTERY was masterful in leading at every call while dispatching his main rivals in the lane with a strong closing kick but the bad news came shortly afterward that the Bob Baffert trainee had suffered a condylar fracture, not only thwarting his Kentucky Derby bid but...

Sam Houston: We have a problem; you don't race enough Ed DeRosa |

A poker friend of mine is fond of saying, "Play where you run good," and that advice can certainly apply to horse racing. While I almost always succumb to Saratoga Race Course's siren song and play the races there more than I should given my (lack of) success there, I do try to pay special...

Whitmore serves notice at Oaklawn John Mucciolo |

Watched a slew of fine performances from across the country over the weekend but arguably the most impressive was Hot Springs S. hero WHITMORE, who obliterated a nice field with a dominant stretch run to win for fun at Oaklawn Park. Trained by Ron Moquett, the four-year-old gelding turned in a...

It Tiz Well joins Road to the Kentucky Oaks Jennifer Caldwell |

There’s only one race to report on this week in terms of the May 5 Kentucky Oaks (G1), and that is the Honeybee Stakes (G3), which took place at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, March 11. The 1 1/16-mile race drew a competitive group of 11 fillies but one managed to stand out from them all. That would...

Top Winners At $18, $13, $10 With 53-Percent Win, Place, Show For H2W; Power Plays Kaput With Chosen Favorites Atop Frank Cotolo |

Our personal-features weekend began on Thursday, March 9 at Freehold where we took on a Pick 3. We took the first leg with Soapy Sap ($7.20, $5.20, $3.60), having Flowing James (16-1) finish sixth. We just missed the next leg with a second for Modern Look ($2.60, $2.10), though Santanna Sam (7-1),...

The highs and lows of Mastery's San Felipe |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO ARCADIA, Calif. -- The ups and downs of Thoroughbred racing were once again on hand Saturday at Santa Anita.   Mastery, the undefeated son of Candy Ride, took the lead early and finished strong en route to a 6 3/4-length victory in the San Felipe (G2). However, about 10...



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.