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Red Mile Grand Circuit Rules Weekend; Indiana Sires Stakes Present Finals; Addendum Blog For Lexington Stakes Frank Cotolo |

Harness racing’s Autumn Almanac continues in Kentucky as The Red Mile hosts the second week of its traditional Grand Circuit meet. The finale is heavy with big features on Sunday, Oct. 8. BLOG ADDENDUM—Due to press time to post this blog, covering Thursday—Saturday racing, THE SUNDAY, OCT. 8...

International Stallion Stakes Quintet Cast For Filly Trotters Aiming At Titles Frank Cotolo |

The Breeders Crown list of eligible frosh-filly trotters is 140. Though that number won’t be divided into as elimination races (do the math) as would accommodate every one, those names dropped into the entry box will account for a good number of elimination races and a great final. The...

Bolt d’Oro, Elate star in first round of final Breeders’ Cup prep races James Scully |

The first of two final rounds of Breeders’ Cup prep races is in the books and here are some of my thoughts on the action: Beach Patrol changed the landscape of the turf male division winning the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) at Belmont Park. After dropping his first four starts of the season,...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Roaring Lion |

Roaring Lion; Winner of the Royal Lodge Stakes by Alastair Bull Premier U.S. turf sire Kitten’s Joy hasn’t had a huge representation in Europe to date, but he’s got another good horse flying the flag for him in the Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) winner Roaring Lion. Despite drifting to the center of...

Projected fields for Keeneland Fall Stars Weekend Kellie Reilly |

Eight Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” events are on tap at Keeneland’s opening Fall Stars Weekend, and the two turf Grade 1s will offer international flavor. Thanks to Keeneland publicity and stakes coordinator Allison DeLuca, here is Monday’s latest on the projected fields for the cornucopia...

Breeders' Cup Takeaways from Santa Anita September 30 John Mucciolo |

The probable favorites for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Juvenile Fillies (G1) were on display at Santa Anita as the Southern California venue featured five Grade 1 stakes Saturday. I’ll give my thoughts on the Breeders’ Cup implications.    Zenyatta: PARADISE WOODS got back to...

Breeders’ Cup Takeaways from Belmont Park September 30-October 1 John Mucciolo |

Five graded races, each with Breeders’ Cup implications, took place at Belmont Park over the weekend and I will shed some light on what I witnessed.   Vosburgh: The top-three really separated themselves from their foes in this Grade 1 sprint and I would be hard pressed to give any others in...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Saxon Warrior |

Saxon Warrior (JPN); winner of the Beresford Stakes by Alastair Bull With a Road to the Kentucky Derby series now in place for Europe and Japan, Churchill Downs wants its flagship race to become more international than it already is. If the winner of the first race in the European Road to the...



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.