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New Pick 4 to enhance Royal Ascot betting options Vance Hanson |

Fans in the U.S. that have made Royal Ascot their own viewing and betting tradition over the last several years now have an exciting new way to take part in one of the racing world's great spectacles and most important meetings. Every day of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting, Tuesday-Saturday (June...

How to bet the All-Stakes Pick 4 on Stephen Foster night Twinspires.com |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO There are a plethora of multi-race sequences available to horseplayers on the Stephen Foster card Saturday evening at legendary Churchill Downs. Amongst them is an all-stakes Pick 4 that commences in Race 6 with the Wise Dan (G2) and concludes with the Regret (G3) for three-year-...

Classic berth on line in Stephen Foster John Mucciolo |

Churchill Downs will play host to a fine card, with five graded races including the $500,000 Stephen Foster H. (G1) on Saturday evening's “Downs After Dark” program. Nine are set for the 1 1/8-mile feature. In addition, the Foster victor will earn a berth to the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on as...

Feature events of the 2018 Royal Ascot meet Jennifer Caldwell |

Royal Ascot has upped its game for 2018. Not only is the prestigious meet offering 18 Group races – eight of which are Group 1 contests – and $9.6 million in prize money, but also opportunities in the Queen Anne, Prince of Wales’s, Norfolk and Diamond Jubilee for international runners to earn an...

Lady Aurelia leads baker’s dozen of US contenders at Royal Ascot Kellie Reilly |

The stars and stripes will be waving at Royal Ascot, with a 13-strong squad led by course specialist Lady Aurelia. Not surprisingly, the emphasis is on the meeting’s sprint events, and only two American-based runners are competing as far as a mile. Here’s a brief overview of Team USA – consider it...

Sophs Chase Million-Dollar North America Cup, Fan Hanover; Mares Pace For Big Purse; Trotters Try To Topple ‘Hannelore’ Frank Cotolo |

  Woodbine at Mohawk (WoMo) is the scene this Saturday, June 16. The $1-million North America Cup will introduce to the sports world the 2018 leading sophomore colt pacer and the Fan Hanover will do the same for filly pacers. Along with those two features are the Armbro Flight, Roses Are...

Goodtimes Trot Offers Forefront For Colts; Sires Stakes And All Stars Colts Gather At Tioga And Pocono Frank Cotolo |

  The first major stakes race on the Hambletonian Trail, the $266,000 Goodtimes Trot at Woodbine/Mohawk Park (WoMo), gathers six hopefuls to compete on the North America Cup undercard Saturday, June 16, on a weekend which features more Hambo contenders spread across the continent....

Abel Tasman states her case in Distaff Division John Mucciolo |

Justify stole the show on Saturday in becoming our 13th Triple Crown winner.  Scat Daddy colt continues to rewrite history and is arguably among the all-time best sophomores to ever run after just six lifetime races. But there were other standout performances on Saturday. And the dominating...

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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.