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Matrons At Dover Lead Weekend Stakes Action; Select Features In Ohio Aim At Double-Digit Winners; Pick-5 Fortune Forecasted Frank Cotolo |

Dover Downs is open and that, of course, means the last series of stakes for the season go into motion. The Matron Stakes bring together groups of divisions for lucrative stakes and the freshman crews start the ultimate stakes wheel turning on Thursday, Nov. 9. Then, we offer another round of...

Back At It At Churchill Downs Ed DeRosa |

There's a 10-race card on Wednesday, November 8, to help me continue to get over my Breeders' Cup hangover, and the biggest opportunity for a score might have to wait for the last race when #9 Archangel Rose gets fast dirt for the first time in his career after posting just 1 win from 19 starts on...

Woodbine plays in wake of Breeders’ Cup excitement John Mucciolo |

The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships never disappoint and the 2017 version was more of the same with some stirring performances. I love the event as much as I get to witness some of the best horses from both here and abroad on the same grand stage…but it’s time to get back to meat-and...

Juvenile colt Eclipse race a tough choice, juvenile filly not so much Vance Hanson |

In the wake of last weekend's Breeders' Cup, the two most important divisional races that could be hotly contested, or at least more so than nearly every other on the Eclipse Award ballot, are for juvenile male and juvenile filly. In the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), the division's signature event...

Overcoming a Breeders' Cup hangover: Hair of the Dog at Mahoning Valley Ed DeRosa |

I know this year’s Breeders’ Cup was an extremely exhilarating renewal because I found the racing deeply satisfying despite abysmal performances predicting and wagering on the outcomes. Even if I did not pick or win money on them, it was easy to celebrate great performances by the likes of Forever...

Looking for 'Dynamite' or 'Duke' to surprise in Melbourne Cup Vance Hanson |

Unseasonably cool temperatures and a spot of showers is unlikely to dampen too much enthusiasm for the Melbourne Cup (G1), "The Race That Stops a Nation," which will be held Tuesday afternoon at Flemington. The A$6 million two-mile handicap has a post time of 11 p.m. (EST) Monday evening in the U.S...

Breeders’ Cup 2017: Reflections on champions past, present, and yet to come Kellie Reilly |

From a handicapping post-mortem perspective, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup boils down to a woulda-coulda-shoulda for me, so there’s much food for thought from the Del Mar extravaganza. Gun Runner ascendant The “nephew” of 2005 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1)-winning Horse of the Year Saint Liam has now...

Handicapping Insights: A review of Breeders' Cup 2017 |

by DICK POWELL Did I mention that there was a full moon on Breeders' Cup weekend? Saturday dawned sunny with any chance of nearby showers of moving in replaced by a bright sun that eventually warmed things up to a perfect day for horse racing. First post was 10:10 a.m. (PDT) and the track...



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.