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Meadows $67 Bomb Tops Winners; Miami Filly Fast For $15 Win; Levy Choice Joins Favorites For Boffo $87 Triple Frank Cotolo |

We had a good week with two of three contenders posting big wins from the horses-to-watch (H2W) list, while we hit at Miami Valley with a double-digit filly, before the Yonkers main events totaled two winners and two thirds.   Here are the contributions from our week of contenders in...

How to play Keeneland on Saturday Vance Hanson |

Spring is (finally) beginning to creep its way into Lexington, Kentucky, on a consistent basis, and the next few days figure to be a ideal ones weather-wise for locals to take in the live action at Keeneland before racing shifts to Churchill Downs next weekend. With fast and firm conditions likely...

Handicapping Late Pick 4 at Santa Anita Saturday John Mucciolo |

An interesting slate of races concludes Saturday’s card at Santa Anita Saturday and I’m interested in the Late Pick 4. Here are my thoughts on the sequence and how I’ll be playing it: Race 8 $100,000 American S. (G3) looks wide-open to me and a great way to start off the sequence. Grade 1 winner...

Opening day plays at Woodbine John Mucciolo |

Saturday marks the opening day of the fine meeting at Woodbine Racecourse. I have tabbed a quartet of contenders who could get the meet off to a fast start: Race 4 #4 SILENT CEREMONY (8-1) makes a first run since the fall with a class plunge for Scott Fairlie. Gelded son of Silent Name showed...

How to Play the Kentucky Derby card Vance Hanson |

Total handle on the Kentucky Derby Day program at Churchill Downs exceeded $200 million for the first time in 2017. Already the biggest business day on the American racing calendar, the crossing of that previously unbroken threshold emphasized even more what an attraction the Derby and its...

Eight Belles, Edgewood could attract Kentucky Oaks nominees Jennifer Caldwell |

With all the attention focused on the Kentucky Oaks (G1), it’s easy to overlook the undercard races on the first Friday in May at Churchill Downs. There are five graded events scheduled besides the Kentucky Oaks on May 4, and two of them are restricted to three-year-old fillies – the $200,000...

The 2018 Kentucky Derby field by foal date and dosage index Twinspires.com |

by Dick Powell Since the last time I looked at prospective Kentucky Derby (G1) starters, 11 of them have defected for one reason or another. So, with the Derby fast approaching and the field of 20 starting to solidify, it’s time to take another look at the field. For historical purposes, here are...

Levy, Matchmaker Finals And Consolations, Adorn Yonkers Program; Philly Exotic Challenges; Miami Fillies A-Flying Frank Cotolo |

A quick and cold five weeks since the beginning of The Grand Circuit’s older pacer series at Yonkers—the George Morton Levy and the Blue Chip Matchmaker series—is still cold in parts of North America but we are hoping to cease reporting the weather in our preview-blog intros and move into an all-...

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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.