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How to bet the $1,636 Pick 4 carryover at Mahoning Valley & selected spot plays Ed DeRosa |

A pair of carryovers await bettors of Mahoning Valley Race Course’s 8-race card on Monday, April 10: $17,521 in the jackpot Buckeye^6 (races 3-8) and $1,636 in the Pick 4 (races 5-8). That $1,636 might not sound like much, but as about 5% of the pool, it’s sure to provide a little lagniappe for...

Northfield Winner At $21 Highlights; Best ‘Levy’ Price Nabbed; $11 Matchmaker Victor; Six Exacta Partners Frank Cotolo |

Grand Circuit action on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 featured leg three of the Matchmaker and “Levy.” In each of the series’ fewer divisions we scored once in each series. In the Levy we hit Clear Vision ($8.90, $4.90, $3.30), with no exotic luck, as Long Live Rock (7-1) finished...

The Weekend That Wasn't: More Questions Than Answers After Wood, Blue Grass, & Santa Anita Derby Ed DeRosa |

How uninspiring was this weekend’s Kentucky Derby prep races? With 510 points up for grabs, only one horse who raced this weekend—Wood Memorial Stakes winner Irish War Cry—is in my current top 6 Kentucky Derby contenders (up from #9). McCraken and Practical Joke drop to 7th & 8th,...

Irish War Cry re-establishes Derby credentials in Wood |

by TERESA GENARO OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- Draped in ignominy following a discouraging seventh place finish in the Fountain Youth (G2), Irish War Cry re-established his credentials as a Kentucky Derby (G1) contender with a decisive 3 1/2-length win in the downgraded Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct on...

McCraken the back key to Keeneland's All-Stakes Pick 5 Vance Hanson |

Saturday's All-Stakes Pick 5 at Keeneland obviously has contentious fields, and whittling them down to form a manageable ticket is the goal. Here's where I'm leaning: Race 6 - Commonwealth (G3) -- Limousine Liberal (#3, 9-2) and A. P. Indian (#8, 8-5) were separated by a nose in last October's...

Analyzing three major Kentucky Derby preps James Scully |

Kentucky Derby contenders will be featured in major preps at Aqueduct, Keeneland and Santa Anita today. All three races will be held at 1 1/8 miles and let’s take a look at the fields: Blue Grass (G2) Deepest of all prep races with McCraken, Tapwrit, J Boys Echo and Practical Joke generally...

Six things to know for the Santa Anita Derby Kellie Reilly |

With a total of 170 Kentucky Derby (G1) points for the taking, and no unimpeachable standouts on paper, Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) has attracted a crowded field of 13 trying their luck. The 1 1/8-mile affair is an assortment of would-be rebounders, up-and-comers, and one form...

Four to follow in Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree Vance Hanson |

Before diving into the big race cards at Aqueduct, Keeneland, and Santa Anita on Saturday, my eyes will be on Liverpool, England, just after noon for the world-famous Grand National Steeplechase over 4 1/2 miles at Aintree. As I've written the past two years, the 40-horse spectacle over highly-...



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.