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After recent upset, Elate might be worth taking in Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW) Vance Hanson |

The one and only Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW) of the year runs through Sunday evening at 6 p.m. (EST), and the general consensus regarding the Oaks picture is that Unique Bella would be an overwhelming favorite to win it if it were held tomorrow, next week, or next month. Songbird, a...

Seven things to know for Risen Star Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds is the first of this year’s contests to offer a total of 85 points toward the Kentucky Derby (G1) (not counting the prep race in Japan, with different points rules). The increased point total, on a scale of 50-20-10-5 to the top four, marks the...

Siding with an up-and-comer in Risen Star for the Kentucky Derby Dream Bet Vance Hanson |

After nondescript third- and fourth-place finishes in our $25,000 Kentucky Derby Dream Bet selections last weekend, I'm looking for better results in Saturday's $400,000 Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds. If you still have not qualified for the Final Round of the Derby Dream Bet, the Risen Star is...

Scouting Report for Pool 3 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager James Scully |

Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager begins its three-day run on Friday at noon (ET) and closes Sunday at 6 p.m. has Ultimate Past Performances for Pool 3 and the 2017 Triple Crown nominations. Here are my thoughts on the 23 individual interests: #1 ALWAYS DREAMING (50-1 morning...

Oaklawn's terrific 3-year-old stakes program, Winx goes for 15 straight |

By Dick Powell Oaklawn Park has a great program for 3YOs to get ready for Triple Crown races. It began with the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on January 21 going a two-turn mile. Then, they raise the ante with the $500,000 Southwest Stakes at 1 1/16 miles last Monday. Coming up on March 18, the $...

What Winx has in common with Zenyatta and Phar Lap |

Winx (Courtesy of Steve Hart/Sky Racing) by Alastair Bull When champion racemare Zenyatta retired, it’s doubtful anyone would have expected her sire Street Cry to produce another mare as good as she was. But there’s now one of similar stature in the form of the Australian superstar Winx,...

Seven Features, Power Plays—Pick 3s, Superfectas—On Weekend Harness Agenda Frank Cotolo |

The short month of February addresses its final weekend, so along come more personally chosen harness-race features and our H2W (horses-to-watch) list horses. The beginning of the season’s industry-fueled features looms boldly with the coming of March as Yonkers is poised to launch the annual “Levy...

Dubai Carnival beads: course records for Ertijaal, Championship; breakthrough for Zarak Kellie Reilly |

On a night when the turf took center stage, Ertijaal served blistering notice to his prospective Al Quoz Sprint (G1) rivals. Sheikh Hamdan’s homebred not only broke the course record in last Thursday’s Meydan Sprint (G3), but did so in a way suggestive of his capacity over an extra furlong. Not...



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.