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Two plays on Arkansas Derby undercard James Scully |

The $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) is the main event and Oaklawn concludes its 2017 meet with a 1 ¾-mile starter allowance that is listed in the program as “The Trail’s End.” Untrapped is my pick in the Arkansas Derby and I will add Classic Empire to any multi-race wagers; the 2-year-old champ...

Untrapped should get trip in Arkansas Derby James Scully |

Today’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) is the final major prep for the Kentucky Derby and Classic Empire commands attention. The 2-year-old champ is back seeking to reestablish himself as a major Kentucky Derby player, but I am going with Untrapped. After opening 2017 with a pair of seconds in...

Five things to know for the Lexington Kellie Reilly |

The $200,000 Lexington (G3) at Keeneland has yielded last-minute Kentucky Derby (G1) candidates in the past, but Saturday’s renewal, with a mere 10 points to the winner, doesn’t figure to have much bearing on the leaderboard. Instead, the 1 1/16-mile contest will likely serve as a springboard to...

Hoyt hoping for another shot at Kentucky Derby Dream Bet glory Jennifer Caldwell |

David Hoyt of Haverhill, Massachusetts, isn’t a high roller or professional handicapper, though he is used to working with numbers as an accountant. But last year, Hoyt placed a $25,000 bet on Exaggerator to win the 2016 Kentucky Derby (G1). “I’m a casual handicapper, I’m not a big bettor,” he...

Five things to know for the Arkansas Derby Kellie Reilly |

While Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) is a major prize in its own right, its timing as the last Kentucky Derby (G1) points race raises the stakes for horses trying to make the cut for the first Saturday in May. The 170 points on offer, awarded to the respective top four finishers on a 100...

Standing against Classic Empire in Arkansas Derby that's not a must-win Vance Hanson |

Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) is more about Classic Empire than anything. The reigning juvenile champion has the class and ability to get himself firmly back into the Kentucky Derby (G1) discussion after spending much of the winter and spring playing catch-up after battling a few...

Upset pick in Fantasy among Friday’s Late Pick 5 thoughts at Oaklawn James Scully |

Stellar Wind’s return in the $600,000 Apple Blossom (G1) highlights the penultimate program of the 2017 Oaklawn Park meet. The John Sadler-trained mare towers over five rivals and I’m looking forward to seeing future match-ups against Songbird, who is now back in serious training after recording...

Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: Arkansas Derby, Lexington Previews John Mucciolo |

Arkansas Derby (G1): This rapidly growing Derby prep has often been most important in recent years and a big field of 12 will contest the Saturday feature at Oaklawn Park. I have some question marks around the pair of favorites in the $1 million test and will focus on the Steve Asmussen-trained...



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.