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European Road to Kentucky Derby midterm report: Godolphin’s Royal Marine and O’Brien’s armada Kellie Reilly |

At the comparable midway stage last year on the inaugural European Road to the Kentucky Derby, Aidan O’Brien’s Saxon Warrior topped John Gosden’s Roaring Lion on the leaderboard, with no dirt prospects in sight. While only time will tell if the current principals turn out nearly as well on the...

Powell: Baffert loaded for 2019 Kentucky Derby Twinspires.com |

by DICK POWELL After winning the Triple Crown in 2015 with American Pharoah, it took Bob Baffert only three years to do it again with Justify. To raise the ante, Justify did it while undefeated, joining Seattle Slew. If you think Baffert is going to “bounce” off two big efforts, think again. He’s...

2019 Kentucky Derby Future wager, Sire Future Wager on tap Thanksgiving weekend Twinspires.com |

The first pool of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) opens Thanksgiving Day and runs through 6 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, and trainer Bob Baffert has seven of the individual wagering interests, including undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner and presumptive divisional champion Game...

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...

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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.