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All-stakes Pick 4 play and thoughts on the Indiana Derby Vance Hanson |

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. -- Fans looking at Indiana Grand's big card on Saturday night will have noticed two all-stakes Pick 4s on offer: the one "wit" or "wit out" the Indiana Derby (G3), as our friends in Philly might say. The one ending in the Indiana Derby is dubbed the "Royal Pick 4," but I'm...

Bet the ‘Farm’ at Newmarket Kellie Reilly |

Not really, but #4 Finniston Farm (7-1) does loom as a fascinating value play in Saturday’s Superlative S. (G2) on the final day of Newmarket’s July Festival. Carded as the 5TH race (with an 11 a.m. EDT post time), the seven-furlong test for juveniles features a prohibitive favorite from the Aidan...

Saturday Spot Plays for Indiana Grand and Los Alamitos Twinspires.com |

by Scott Shapiro The final weekend of racing before Saratoga and Del Mar kick in to high gear next week is upon us. Most of the top barns and horses are preparing for the spotlight of the summer meets, but there are still opportunities to pad the bankroll before next week. Click here to find...

Solid program carded for Indiana Derby Day Twinspires.com |

by Scott Shapiro It is Indiana Derby Day at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino on Saturday and that means a solid 10-race card filled with quality stakes action and solid opportunities for horseplayers all evening long. Click here to find Scott Shapiro’s full card Daily Selections for Indiana...

Analysis of Belmont main track upgrades Songbird's Phipps, explains Keen Ice's Suburban Twinspires.com |

by DICK POWELL The sensational SONGBIRD (Medaglia d’Oro) takes on five opponents in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (G1) this Saturday at Delaware Park. Assigned 124 pounds under the handicap conditions, she has to concede as much as 13 to 9 pounds to her rivals so it is one of the true “handicap”...

Meadowlands Pace For A Price; Hambletonian Champ Dominates ‘Maturity’; Frosh Pacers Shoot For In ‘Sheppard’ Score Frank Cotolo |

This weekend’s big feature may bring back some storied memories as we predict another upset in the Meadowlands Pace on July 15. It’s a big night of stakes and stars, pacers and trotters, colts, fillies, mares and horses.  Again this weekend we offer our Freshmen Frolic section, where we...

August Campaign Reaches Trail Stretch With ‘Dancer’ And ‘Miller’ Memorials Frank Cotolo |

Less than a month out from the August classic, the most significant prep events on the Hambletonian Trail are set to go on the under-card of the Meadowlands Pace Saturday, July 15 at the Meadowlands when the glamour boys compete in two divisions of the $320,500 Stanley Dancer Memorial and the...

A proper visit to Indiana Grand awaits for Indiana Derby Day Vance Hanson |

For a track only about a 2 1/2-hour drive from central Kentucky, Indiana Grand (nee Downs, which has held Thoroughbred racing since 2003) has unfortunately been stuck on the backburner for a long time as a place to take in a day of races. Truth be told, I have been to the track once. I'm guessing...

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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.