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Five things to know for the Wood Memorial Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s $750,000 Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct represents a crossroads for four notable Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls. Battalion Runner needs to rack up the Derby points fast in his stakes debut, Irish War Cry and Mo Town need a form turnaround as well as a points boost, and Cloud Computing...

Post Times for the Blue Grass, Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby, Ashland, Gazelle and Santa Anita Oaks Jennifer Caldwell |

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is fast coming to a close, and Saturday will see three of the final five races -- the Blue Grass Stakes (G2), Wood Memorial (G2) and Santa Anita Derby (G1) -- in the series of points contest run. The same can be said for the Road to the Kentucky Oaks, which has four...

How To Bet the 2017 Santa Anita Derby Pick 4 |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO A late Pick 4 that commences with the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby in Race 8 and offers a one million dollar guarantee caps off a strong Saturday afternoon card in Arcadia, California. The size of the fields and the quality of the racing makes this one of the more playable Pick 4’s...

How to Wager on the 2017 Santa Anita Derby |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO The $1-million Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby headlines Saturday’s eleven-race card at “The Great Race Place.” For FREE Ultimate PPs of the Santa Anita Derby, CLICK HERE. The field of thirteen will be competing not only for a seven-figure purse but also 170 points in the “...

Five things to know about the Blue Grass Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s $1 million Blue Grass (G2) could turn out to be the most informative Kentucky Derby (G1) points race. As unbeaten McCraken aims to solidify his position as the early Derby favorite, the surging Tapwrit and J Boys Echo bid to continue their progression, while Practical Joke seeks to...

Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: Wood Memorial, Blue Grass & Santa Anita Derby Previews John Mucciolo |

Wood Memorial (G2): Eight Kentucky Derby hopefuls will go to post in Saturday’s feature at Aqueduct. I think this is a mostly wide-open event that could go a lot of directions and will focus on a few talented up-and-comers. BATTALION RUNNER is the 2-1 morning line choice for conditioner Todd...

Top picks for the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass, and Santa Anita Derby Vance Hanson |

Saturday is always one of the most fascinating racing days on the calendar. Three of the four biggest Kentucky Derby (G1) preps will be held at Aqueduct, Keeneland, and Santa Anita, along with accompanying Kentucky Oaks (G1) preps and other graded stakes. The Derby preps, of course, are the main...

Opening Day Late Pick 4 plays at Keeneland James Scully |

Keeneland opens its 15-day Spring Meet and the average 50-cent Pick 4 returned $1,788 during the Fall Meet. Here are a couple of horses I will be keying in today’s Late Pick 4 (races 7-10) Race 7: #1 Another Gal (12-1) bobbled at the start of her March 3 debut at Turfway Park but still managed to...



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.