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Irish War Cry dominates on the lead, Classic Empire disappoints in Holy Bull; El Areeb much the best in Withers James Scully |

It’s early February but Saturday proved to be a big day in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, with top contenders in play in two of the three points’ races offered. The $350,000 Holy Bull (G2) came last in the sequence but proved to be the most compelling as champion 2-year-old Classic Empire...

Kentucky Derby potential of the Robert B. Lewis competitors |

Story and Photo by Scott Shapiro Saturday’s Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes is the second three-year-old race this year at Santa Anita Park to reward Kentucky Derby points to the top four finishers. The Lewis has often produced top contenders for the Kentucky Derby, but it is unlikely to generate...

Withers romper El Areeb has ‘done everything we’ve asked of him, and then some’ |

Story and photo by Teresa Genaro At the Ocala Breeders’ Sale of two-year-olds in training last March, trainer Cathal Lynch and bloodstock agent Glenn Brok went to $625,000 to buy a son of Curlin. Named Undulated, he went on to finish second in the Laurel Futurity and win the Swynford Stakes. But...

Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight John Mucciolo |

Swale: In this seven-furlong dash at Gulfstream Park, I think the outcome will boil down to the top two choices on the morning line. THREE RULES did not factor in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), suffering his lone defeat to date, though the son of Gone Astray was dominant in all five races prior...

Thoughts on Saturday's Derby preps for the $25,000 Kentucky Derby Dream Bet Vance Hanson |

The $25,000 Kentucky Derby Dream Bet is back at! The qualifying round is simple enough: cash a $5 Win bet on a single horse in any of the 16 Derby preps between Saturday and March 26, and you advance to the Final Round, which will be held from April 1-15. While only one winning...

Drawing a Line in the Sand with Chalk: How to Bet the Holy Bull, Withers, & Lewis Stakes Ed DeRosa |

The three Kentucky Derby points races this weekend are an interesting contrast in coasts with the two East Coast races—the Withers at Aqueduct and the Holy Bull at Gulfstream—attracting fields of 10 and 9, respectively, despite the presence of possible odds on favorites in both races. The Robert...

Pegasus and Super Bowl |

By Ron Flatter Houston – This has been a dream of a week – if only I had time to step back and realize it. I am not sure how many of the 5,000 members of the media covering Super Bowl LI here in Houston were also at Pegasus World Cup I in Florida. My guess is less than a half-dozen – and even...

Pegasus experience a memory to cherish |

By Dick Powell At the age of 65, I’ve been blessed in my sporting life. I saw, in person, Ali-Frazier I and II, numerous Knick playoff games including an epic seven-game series against the Baltimore Bullets in 1970, numerous Mets’ games in 1969, Broadway Joe and the Jets, and four Triple Crown...



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.