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Three juveniles to watch from last weekend's action John Mucciolo |

A sensational weekend of graded racing concluded with some standout winners. And while it's easy to recognize their respective efforts, I took notice of three juveniles who left an impression on me in defeat. CHOCOLATE KISSES Candy Ride filly drew the impossible 13 post in the Alcibiades (G1) at...

Powell: Winx, Enable deliver more epic performances Twinspires.com |

by DICK POWELL Two legendary female Thoroughbred runners delivered epic performances 10,427 miles apart this past weekend. They were so good that it doesn't even get noted that they again beat male counterparts since they do it all the time.   On Saturday, WINX put her 27-race winning...

TwinSpires.com partaking in "Climbing Everest" for charity Twinspires.com |

TwinSpires.com is among 12 prominent Thoroughbred industry personalities and organizations invited by Sky Racing World to participate in "Climbing Everest," a charity promotion linked to this week's running of the A$13 million Everest (G1) at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Australia. Sky Racing World,...

Six Pack, Atlanta, Win Kentucky Futurity Gigs; $22 On Mare Trot Upset Is Best; Six Partner Exactas; $19 Show Pick Pumps Prices Frank Cotolo |

Here’s how our featured events played out: Thursday, Oct. 4 An attempt to beat the big favorite at Hoosier in a sires-stakes final failed in our sole feature. We finished fourth with Lion Safari AS (68-1). Friday, Oct. 5 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) at The Red Mile for...

The 53rd Kentucky Futurity Headlines Star-Studded Sunday Stakes Program At Red Mile Frank Cotolo |

  Here is our special addendum TwinSpires harness blog with our examination of the major races at The Red Mile on Sunday, Oct. 7, the last program of the Grand Circuit meet in Kentucky. ALLERAGE RAVE ON The women pacers and trotters are the focus for two Allerage Farms event....

Keeneland Spot Plays for Sunday, October 7 Twinspires.com |

Keeneland (c) Coady Photography by Dick Powell Keeneland’s Sunday 10-race card can get off to a good start in RACE 1. Portal (#2) (9-2) looked like he might have a future last year when he broke his maiden going two turns on the dirt at Churchill Downs in June 2017. Unfortunately, he did...

Key horses for Keeneland’s Sunday program Twinspires.com |

Keeneland (c) Coady Photography by Scott Shapiro The first weekend of the Keeneland fall meeting concludes on Sunday with a 10-race card headlined by three “Win & You’re In” Breeders’ Cup races. Here are a few horses I will build my afternoon around in Lexington: RACE 2 Guest Suite (#4...

Scully: Stakes selections at Keeneland Saturday James Scully |

It’s a blockbuster Saturday card at Keeneland with five graded stakes races, none with less than 10 horses entered. Mike Smith ranks 11th all-time in stakes wins at the Lexington, Kentucky venue and I’ll lean on “Big Money” more than once this afternoon. Here are my thoughts on the stakes action...

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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.