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Four Horses To Use In Your Del Mar Bets On Opening Day 2017 |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO Wednesday marks one of my favorite days on the calendar: Opening Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and hopes are high as we embark on another journey “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.” For opening day handicapping reports, CLICK HERE. The ten-race card begins at 5 p.m. EDT...

The 2017 Saratoga Race Meet Betting Guide |

Opening Friday, July 21 and concluding on Monday, September 4, the 2017 Saratoga meet continues the prestigeous tradition of quality racing at the Spa. As one of racing's most prized meets and anticipated events on the calendar, the botique racing presents lucrative betting opportunities with...

The 2017 Del Mar Race Meet Betting Guide |

Starting Wednesday, July 19 and concluding on Monday, September 4, the Del Mar Turf Club summer meet holds a wealth of racing and wagering action. With only a few years under it's belt since switching back to dirt, and with the Breeders' Cup coming in the fall, there are many reasons to keep a...

Two spot plays for Del Mar's opening day card Vance Hanson |

I'm hoping that relative back class and fondness for Del Mar will play a role in the ultimate success of my two main plays on Wednesday's opening day program at the San Diego-area course. Race 6: Among the candidates in this second-level allowance for fillies and mares is Frenzified (#6, 9-2), who...

Debutante nominees abound in Wednesday maiden at Del Mar Kellie Reilly |

While Wednesday’s Oceanside will produce contenders for Del Mar’s graded turf stakes for three-year-olds, the La Jolla H. (G3) and Del Mar Derby (G2), the 5TH race on opening day puts the spotlight on Del Mar Debutante (G1) hopefuls. The five-furlong sprint maiden (scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EDT)...

Lady Eli-Antonoe clash in Diana highlights Saratoga stakes prospectus Kellie Reilly |

Racing fans won’t have long to wait for fireworks at Saratoga’s 149th season: Lady Eli and Antonoe are expected to clash for the first time in Saturday’s $500,000 Diana (G1). If Friday’s curtain raiser can’t equal that star power, its pair of $150,000 graded stakes compensate with well-matched...

How to Bet Del Mar 2017 Summer Meeting |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO On Wednesday afternoon the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club opens the gates for another exciting summer in San Diego County. For Del Mar handicapping reports, CLICK HERE. The highly anticipated meeting runs through Labor Day when things conclude with a trio of stakes races led by the...

Freshmen Scores Over Features With Double Digits; Chalk Gets Meadowlands Pace And ‘Marauder’ Magnificent in ‘Maturity’ Frank Cotolo |

Our Freshman Frolic section was once again productive with three double-digit winners snatched from nine special two-year-old events around the ovals (see recap below for all frosh results). Chalk was clouding the rest of the July 15 features with only a few exceptions. In the Meadowlands Pace...



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.