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Saratoga Diary: July 20 recap, 'Money' the Diana play |

by DICK POWELL Racing has been conducted at Saratoga Race Course since 1864 but I can’t imagine a more glorious day than the 2018 opening. A crystal blue sky, bright sunshine and perfect temperature attracted a huge crowd that kept pouring in all day. My DNA makes me early for everything so no...

How to play Saturday's Late Pick 4 at Saratoga |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO The first Saturday afternoon card of the 2018 Saratoga meet is a strong one and as usual includes a Pick 4 over the final four races. The sequence includes the Sanford (G3) and the Diana (G1) and kicks off with a 5 1/2-furlong dash over the sod. Here are my thoughts:...

Hambletonian Future-Bet #2 Presents Choices, Adds Filly To Classic Mix Frank Cotolo |

  Round two for wagering on the 93rd Hambletonian winner is open today through Sunday at 10 p.m. (EDT) July 22. Bettors will get two more chances to pick the Hambletonian winner before the race is actually held Saturday, Aug. 4, at The Meadowlands (where TwinSpires will be reporting live...

Opening-Day Plays at Saratoga James Scully |

Saratoga’s opener features a pair of stakes races and I’ll focus upon a runner from the Schuylerville (G3) for multi-race wagers, #2 Nonna Madeline. Todd Pletcher won 15 2-year-old races at the Spa last year and Nonna Madeline adds John Velazquez off a sharp debut score at Monmouth Park in which...

Powell's Saratoga Diary: Going 'Wild' for Opening Day |

by DICK POWELL It took longer than expected but I am officially excited about Friday’s Opening Day of the Saratoga Race Course. We all look forward to the start of the meet but we know how much work is involved to have a chance. I know; it’s not real work but it can be exhausting nonetheless. But...

Early Pick 4 the focus on Saratoga’s Opening Day John Mucciolo |

The much-anticipated meeting at Saratoga Race Course kicks off on Friday with a 10-race card, including a pair of Grade 3 affairs. I will try and get off on the right foot by tackling the early Pick-4. I have long been a believer that many conditioners unveil their best juveniles early in the...

Meadows Holds Adios Elims; Saratoga Stakes-Heavy Saturday; Freshman Frolic With Full Agenda Frank Cotolo |

  Post-Meadowlands Pace weekend has a Saturday-heavy race menu for features. However, the action begins, as usual with this blog, on Thursday. Our TwinSpires exclusive harness feature, Freshman Frolic, begins July 19 and is jam-packed with betting suggestions. Again, other youngster events...

Sires Stakes Gathers Colts and Fillies In Two States; Grand Circuit Groups At Meadowlands Frank Cotolo |

  With one week until final preparations for the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks, hopeful colts and fillies go in several Hambletonian Trial events this weekend including fillies in two divisions of the $121,500 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) at Vernon Downs on Thursday, July 19, colts in...



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.