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Meadowlands Pace Program Parades Star Divisions Thick With Upset Potential; Freshman Frolic Features Pricey Prospects Frank Cotolo |

  A big stakes night at the Meadowlands revolves around Meadowlands Pace. July 14’s program is covered thoroughly below, along with some extra facts on the iconic stakes event. The “Pace” program includes the classic Mistletoe Shalee affair, more huge pots for aged pacers of both sexes and...

Stanley Dancer And Del Miller Splits Present Major August-Classic Contenders In Flight At Meadowlands Frank Cotolo |

  Meadowlands Racetrack hosts the marquee preps on the Hambletonian Trail, the $262,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial and the $257,000 Del Miller Memorial, on the undercard of the Meadowlands Pace Saturday, July 14. Full fields of Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks hopefuls respectively compete in...

Early list of 2018 Arlington Million possibles Kellie Reilly |

Although it’s premature to say that the field is coming together for the August 11 Arlington Million (G1), Sunday’s Arlington barn notes named possible candidates for the “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). Oscar Performance plots a return to the scene of his 2017 Secretariat (G1...

We Win Both Meadowlands Pace Elims And Graduate Pace; 118-1 Frosh Plus Favorite Pays $132 Exacta; Hambo Preps Productive Frank Cotolo |

  This week’s features faired well enough and there was enough freshman fire to kick a few exactas well into the black. It was a slow weekend for the H2W list in the winners department. Here is how it all went down: Friday, July 6 New York Sires Stakes action for frosh-filly...

How to Play the Belmont Oaks-Suburban-Belmont Derby Pick 3 Vance Hanson |

Chad Brown has won five of the last six editions of the Belmont Oaks (G1), and will saddle two of the 10 candidates on Saturday. The pair includes 7-2 morning line favorite Significant Form, a nice filly but one whose credentials aren't quite as strong as Brown's one-two finishers last year, New...

International scouting reports for 2018 Belmont Oaks: Athena, Capla Temptress, Chipolata Kellie Reilly |

Mirroring the Belmont Derby (G1), Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) pits a European raiding party against a strong home defense. Team Valor’s Capla Temptress is the most accomplished of the invading trio, but Aidan O’Brien’s Athena and Christophe Clement’s new recruit Chipolata...

Extra ground can help Whitmore in Belmont Sprint Championship Vance Hanson |

Saturday's $350,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) is a "Win & You're In" Breeders' Cup Challenge race for the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), to be held at Churchill Downs in November. A field of six will line up for the seven-furlong feature, with morning line favorite #1 Limousine...

How to play the Million Preview Day Pick 5 at Arlington Vance Hanson |

Million Preview Day at Arlington on Saturday features several intriguing multi-race wagers, including the 50-cent Late Pick 5 (Races 6-10) and the Late Pick 4 (Races 7-10). Here are thoughts on the Pick 5. Race 6 -- Modesty H. (G3) Morning line favorite #13 DADDYS LIL DARLING is...



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.