When a horse willingly races inside and through traffic, take note

Tue May 07 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Some horses are uncomfortable racing inside and behind rivals and fail to run their best when asked to do so. Others don’t mind at all, opening the door for perfect ground-saving trips.
Top 10 fastest Kentucky Derby times in history

Fri May 03 2024Ashley Anderson

From a legendary Triple Crown winner to a high-priced yearling who stole the heart of a Japanese racing enthusiast, here are the 10 horses with the fastest winning times in Kentucky Derby history.
Top 10 Most Successful Trainers in Kentucky Derby History

Fri May 03 2024Ashley Anderson

Based on overall number of victories, as well as second- and third-place finishes, here are the 10 most successful trainers in Kentucky Derby history.
Why the Kentucky Derby generates big betting payoffs

Thu May 02 2024J. Keeler Johnson

The Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs is considered one of the best betting races of the year. The reason? Big payoffs. And the reason for the big payoffs? Simple mathematics.
Jockeys and weight in the Kentucky Derby

Tue Apr 30 2024Vance Hanson

Being the most identifiable human participants on average in Thoroughbred racing, jockeys will be a major focus in this week’s 150th edition of the Kentucky Derby.
Commander Compton shows how strong a horse’s surface preferences can be

Wed Apr 24 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Commander Compton is vivid proof that some horses hold clear-cut surface preferences, and a reminder that poor form over a disliked surface can be disregarded when analyzing a horse’s past performances.
When a speed horse is dominant, a closer can finish second

Wed Apr 17 2024J. Keeler Johnson

When you handicap a horse race and conclude that a runner with early speed—a pacesetter—appears much the best, it can pay to play a stretch runner for second place in the exacta.
Top 10 best racehorses of all time

Thu Apr 11 2024J. Keeler Johnson

Ranking the greatest racehorse of all time is an exercise fraught with challenges and subjectivity. But I'm going to give it a try.
Top 10 Fastest Horse Breeds in the World

Thu Apr 11 2024Ashley Anderson

From the noble Arabian poised for battle to the esteemed equines who run in the Kentucky Derby, let's explore the 10 fastest horse breeds in the world.
How betting longshots exiting deep races can reap rewards

Wed Apr 10 2024J. Keeler Johnson

It's not uncommon to analyze the entries for a horse race and see multiple runners coming out of a common previous race. If the previous race was a deep and classy contest, consider the possibility the horses exiting that race will sweep the top two or three finishing positions in the race you're currently handicapping.
Kentucky Derby Purse: How much prize money the winning jockey will earn

Thu Apr 04 2024TwinSpires Staff

In addition to the worldwide attention and acclaim Sonny Leon received for his spectacular ride aboard Rich Strike, Leon—a first-time Derby participant in 2022—also collected a portion of the $3 million purse.
If a race is wide open, don’t dismiss out-of-state shippers

Wed Apr 03 2024J. Keeler Johnson

A horse shipping in from a different track or state can be inadvertently underestimated in your quest to rank the local runners, but sometimes the newcomer winds up being superior to all the locals.
Second off layoff angle is powerful in Kentucky Derby preps

Wed Mar 27 2024J. Keeler Johnson

When a horse shows talent racing on dirt at age two, the Kentucky Derby (G1) often becomes a long-term goal. But getting a horse to peak on Derby day isn’t easy.