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Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: Illinois Derby, Federico Tesio Recaps John Mucciolo |

Illinois Derby (G3): MULTIPLIER made the huge leap from the maiden ranks to graded winner with a determined late rally to take the Hawthorne feature by a head beneath James Graham. The Brendan Walsh trainee showed a lot of class and talent to me, running down a horse I have a fondness for, and the...

Yonkers Series’ Consolations Nabbed; Philly Tops Win Prices And Petite Power Plays; Exotic Partners Parade Scores Frank Cotolo |

At the top of the features list this weekend, on April 22, the George Morton Levy and Matchmaker consolations and finals at Yonkers offered a variety of winners—of which we had two (both consolations), along with two on-the-board finishers (in the finals). We lost the main event, the “Levy”...

Don’t be put off by Pletcher’s Kentucky Derby stats James Scully |

With five horses under consideration, Todd Pletcher could have 25% of the 2017 Kentucky Derby field. He ran five horses in the 2007 and 2013 editions and shares the record with D. Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito for most starters in a single year. A seven-time Eclipse Award-winning leading trainer, the...

Improved Jockey Colony Adds to Indiana Grand Appeal |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO The Indiana Grand racing calendar began on Tuesday, as did my role as Daily Selections handicapper for the 120-day meet that runs through October 28. It was a great start to the meet at the Shelbyville, Indiana, venue largely in part to a rapidly improving jockey colony, large...

Kentucky Derby Dream Bet Winner Expects Sleepless Nights Before Making $10,000 Bet Ed DeRosa |

A $5 win and place bet on Irap to win the Blue Grass Stakes helped propel Tim Steadman to victory in's Kentucky Derby Dream Bet contest, but the Arkansas attorney does not expect to use that horse for his $10,000 win bet on the Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs. What he...

Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: Illinois Derby, Federico Tesio Previews John Mucciolo |

Illinois Derby (G3): The $250,000 feature at Hawthorne Saturday is not going to produce a Kentucky Derby starter but could be a steppingstone to the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness. In addition, it could help shed a better light and flatter some of the Kentucky Derby contestants if...

Takeaways from Classic Empire’s Arkansas Derby victory |

By Dick Powell Run last Saturday at Oaklawn Park, the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) turned out to be a hard race to analyze for a number of reasons. First, how will the Kentucky Derby (G1) runners coming out of it perform off only three weeks rest? Yes, AMERICAN PHAROAH (Pioneerof the Nile) did...

Older-Pacer Finals Blast Off At Yonkers; More Philly Power Plays; Ohio Soph Standouts At Miami Frank Cotolo |

Speeding through the first splashes of this season’s Grand Circuit, it is already time for the George Morton Levy Pacing Series and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series finals at Yonkers Raceway. On April 22 these older-pacer events mark their champions, along with those winning wealthy consolation...



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.