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Two Of Four Matron Hits With $17 Best W; $35 Winner At Cal-Expo Opener; 51 % In-The-Money Finishers Frank Cotolo |

Dover finished off the Matron Stakes with sophomore finals and the Meadowlands had three elimination events for the Fall Final Four, which will be the main feature races in our Nov. 22. Here are the results and some brief notes on our successes and failures from the weekend past....

Thoughts on the $1,000 Show-Place-Win bonus at Churchill Downs Vance Hanson |

The sun is back shining in Kentucky for most of the weekend, and TwinSpires.com will be offering a chance to share in a $1,000 bonus on Saturday's Churchill Downs card. Opt in to the Show-Place-Win promotion and then cash a $20 Show bet in Race 7, a $20 Place bet in Race 8, and a $20 Win bet in...

How to Bet the River City Handicap at Churchill Downs Twinspires.com |

By DICK POWELL A field of eight will contest Saturday’s River City Handicap (G3) for three-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Churchill Downs. There are no three-year-olds entered and the spread of assigned weights range from 121 pounds down to 115. Mike Maker and Brad Cox each have...

How to Bet the Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct Twinspires.com |

By DICK POWELL Like most sportswriters of his time, Red Smith knew all there was to know about baseball, boxing and horse racing. For most of his career, he was a columnist but wrote in a clear and concise style without the flowery language others use. His description of writing a column was to “...

How to Bet the Bob Hope at Del Mar Twinspires.com |

By DICK POWELL I love the names of the stakes races for the fall meeting at Del Mar. It shows my age but they make sense when you understand the demographics of horse racing. Bob Hope was as big a star as there was when I was growing up. A major movie star that transitioned to television, he was...

Dover Hosts Three-Year-Old Matron Finales; Fall Final Four Elims At Meadowlands Overture To Stakes Season’s End Frank Cotolo |

  All four sophomore divisions put a lid on their season with the Matron Stakes at Dover on Nov. 15. Not all of the season’s heroes made it to Delaware but most in the fields are recognizable. The curtain falls for the frosh season with next week’s Fall Final Four at the Meadowlands. On...

Monomoy Girl comparison to past divisional champions Twinspires.com |

By DICK POWELL The other day, I ended my analysis of the 2018 Horse of the Year debate by asking why isn’t MONOMOY GIRL in the conversation? So let’s look at her sophomore season, in which she captured five Grade 1 stakes races and finished first six times, compared to the last 25 divisional...

Justify's brief season enough for Horse of the Year Twinspires.com |

by DICK POWELL I have an Eclipse Award vote, but I wait for the year to be finished before I fill out my ballot. There are still meaningful Grade 1 stakes left in the last six weeks of the 2018 calendar and not until all the major stakes races are run will I cast my vote. No early voting for me...

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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.