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How to Bet the Arlington Classic |

By Dick Powell Beautiful Arlington Park will host the Arlington Classic (G3), a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3yos. It will be followed on July 7 by the American Derby (G3) going 1 1/8 miles and the series culminates on August 11 with the Secretariat Stakes (G1) at 1 ¼ miles.  This year’s...

How to Bet the Lone Star Park Handicap John Mucciolo |

A trio of millionaires will lead a field of five to the starting gate in Sunday’s $200,000 Lone Star Park H. (G3). #1 MUBTAAHIJ – Bob Baffert trainee makes his first appearance since finishing a good third in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1). Six-year-old has amassed more than $5.7 million...

Handicapping Evangeline Downs' Louisiana Legends All-Stakes Pick 4 |

by Dick Powell Saturday night is Louisiana Legends night at Evangeline Downs and they will have an All-Stakes Pick 4 beginning in the 4TH Race with a $50,000 guaranteed pool. If you play $25 into it on you will earn a 10 percent bonus, so it makes the bet even more juicy. With a...

Art Rooney, Lismore Sophs Seek Champs; Camluck Classic In Canada; PA Holiday-Weekend Features And Sires Stakes Frank Cotolo |

  Feature action on Memorial Day weekend focuses on Saturday, with some Sunday stakes (no pun intended). Sophs are battling again at Yonkers in the big-money Art Rooney Final and the Lismore Final. As well, the glamour divisions race in minor-series finals at the Meadowlands and in some...

Trotters’ Trials Trot Deeply For Pumped Purses In Sires Stakes, Empire Breeders Classics Frank Cotolo |

  Hambletonian Trail action resumes on the sires stakes’ circuits this final weekend of May with three divisions of the $171,290 Pennsyvlania Sires Stakes (PASS) for soph-colt trotters at at Pocono Saturday, May 26, while both sexes set foot on Vernon Monday, May 28 for the consolations and...

No matter the distance, the start is key |

by DICK POWELL So Bob Baffert, winner of seven Preakness Stakes, beat D. Wayne Lukas, winner of six Preakness Stakes, in last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico over a sloppy (sealed) track. Baffert has now tied Lukas for the most Triple Crown race wins at 14. That means 28 classic races, run...

Pocono Downs Presents Charge Of The Sires-Stakes Filly Brigade; Eligible Groups Connect For Cash Frank Cotolo |

  The “Trail” battles move to Pocono Downs on Monday, May 21, with three eligible-loaded Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) divisions of fillies worth $56,000-plus each. Only one entrant is not allowed for “Oaks” (or main-event) competition. So, these gals will be hunting for the best part of...

Will Justify win the Triple Crown? Depends upon your interpretation of the Preakness Kellie Reilly |

The Sunday after Justify withstood a punishing Kentucky Derby (G1) pace, and defied the “Apollo curse” as a Derby winner who was unraced at two, hopes were raised that here was a Triple Crown-caliber performer. Following a much narrower scrape home in Saturday’s Preakness (G1), however, social...



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.