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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,...

Pedigree notes for Schuylerville and Friday juvenile maiden at Saratoga Kellie Reilly |

Saratoga is synonymous with promising two-year-olds, so it’s apt that the historic meet wastes no time in featuring the emerging youngsters. Friday’s co-feature, the $150,000 Schuylerville (G3), begins the Spa series for juvenile fillies that continues with the August 12 Adirondack (G2) and...

Pace yourself and other tips for betting Saratoga |

by DICK POWELL Del Mar opened on Wednesday and Saratoga opens on Friday. California usually races four days a week but Del Mar increases it to five and Saratoga is the last track in America to race six days a week so there are full menus to choose from. You don’t have to watch and wager on both...

Aiming At The Adios; PA Parades State-Breds; Saratoga’s Super Stake Sends Stars To Battle Frank Cotolo |

It’s that time of the season when it seems there is no relief for division stakes and the stars, co-stars and string-alongs keep pushing their ways through high-powered fields and high-purse events. Elims for the Adios Pace at the Meadows highlight the glamour boys’ agendas this weekend and those...

Final Stops On The ‘Trail’ Include Tompkins-Geers Frank Cotolo |

With three weeks until the first Saturday in August, some colts and fillies will be making their final preparations for the Hambletonian in their respective splits of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial. The $49,870 filly dash of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial serves as a rematch between lone “Oaks”-...

Bucking a Mountaineer Trend And Singling a Closer in Pick 5 Carryover Ed DeRosa |

Several favorites look vulnerable in the Pick 5 tonight (Wednesday, July 19) at Mountaineer, including morning line choices of 4-to-5, even money, and 9-to-5, but one favorite I will lean on is #7 Divine Connection--5-to-2 on the race 7 morning line. Divine Connection sticks with $5,000 claimers...

How to bet Del Mar 2017 Opening Day Summer Ed DeRosa |

Navigating the initial card of the 36-day summer meeting at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is like a 10-race choose your own adventure about an international espionage plot. I.e., Who do you trust? Unfortunately for me as a multi-race player, my strongest opinion is in race 6, which is a part of...

Speed play on Del Mar’s opening day James Scully |

Del Mar opens Wednesday with a contentious 10-race program and the Late Pick 4 (races 7-10) concludes with a one-mile claiming event that lacks front-running types. I will take a stand in the finale with inside speed. #2 Anxious Times has fallen down the class ladder over the past 24 months but...



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.