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Three spot plays on the grass Saturday at Saratoga Vance Hanson |

A pair of grass allowances and the Diana (G1) are the focal points for our spot plays on the first Saturday of the Saratoga meet. Trainer Wesley Ward has two intriguing imports in the 7th race, a 5 1/2-furlong N2X allowance/optional claimer. Evacuation (#7, 6-1) was a promising sort in Australia...

Pedigree notes for Saratoga: Sanford plus two maidens on undercard Kellie Reilly |

It’s been about a decade since the historic Sanford (G3) has produced a winner who progressed into a major three-year-old, so here’s hoping that one member of Saturday’s 103rd cast can erase the stat. Free Drop Billy, despite his homespun-sounding name, sports the most fashionable pedigree in the...

The Curious Case of Arrogate as an Overlay at 1-to-20 Ed DeRosa |

Arrogate will be 1-to-20 odds in the San Diego Handicap on Saturday at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Those odds indicate he should win this race 95.24% of the time. It's an extraordinary statement that might actually shortchange last year's champion three-year-old male and reigning Breeders' Cup...

Mrs McDougal key to Friday's Pick 4 at Del Mar James Scully |

The Osunitas Stakes (race 7, 10 p.m. [ET] post time) serves as the featured race at Del Mar Friday evening and Mrs McDougal will make her first start for Richard Mandella in the 1 1/16-mile turf affair. A three-time stakes winner, the 5-year-old mare was last seen posting a two-length triumph in...

How To Bet Saratoga 2017 opening day Ed DeRosa |

Opening day at Saratoga is finally here, and my approach to the 10-race card in Upstate New York is pretty similar to how I approached the 10-race opening day card at Del Mar on Wednesday: I want to hit the Pick 5; I want to hit the Pick 4s, but my best bet on the day isn't in any of those...

How to find value in the San Diego Handicap |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO On Saturday afternoon Southern California racing fans will be fortunate to see one of the most impressive racehorses -- Arrogate -- I have ever set eyes on. The 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner returns to the races for the first time since a breathtaking last to first...

Free Picks for Saratoga And Handicapping Information Ed DeRosa |

The Saratoga Race Course meeting is finally here, and and have teamed to offer bettors great handicapping information absolutely free during the 40 days of live racing. The action begins Friday, July 21, and runs through Labor Day Monday, September 4, with racing...

Horse-for-course angle in Saratoga opening-day Late Pick 4 James Scully |

Saratoga opens Friday with a 10-race program featuring a pair of graded stakes. The Late Pick 4 sequence starts with a turf allowance (race 7) and I like a horse for the course who is exiting a better-than-it-looks effort at Belmont Park. #6 Red Rifle has run his best races on Saratoga’s turf,...



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.