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How vulnerable are the likely Breeders' Cup favorites? Vance Hanson |

Even before pre-entries are officially released later this week, we already have a pretty good idea who the betting favorites will be in most of the Breeders' Cup races barring any unforeseen developments between now and the first weekend in November at Churchill Downs. Here are brief thoughts on...

2018 Breeders' Cup News & Notes Twinspires.com |

The 35th edition of the Breeders' Cup World Championships returns to historic Churchill Downs on November 2-3, and TwinSpires.com is your one-stop shop for news, analysis and more. The final major preps have now taken place, so it's full speed ahead to Breeders' Cup 2018. Check back each day...

‘Angel’ Blesses Breeders Crown Elim Win At $20; Twinkle Flashes $55 Exacta With Top Mare Pacer; Some Surprises Surface Frank Cotolo |

  Here are the results and some brief notes on our successes and failures through the Breeders Crown elimination weekend: Friday, Oct. 19 BREEDERS CROWN COUNTDOWN Freshman fillies on both gaits were handled in our special “Crown” blog. There were five races, three for filly...

Handicapping the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic before pre-entries Twinspires.com |

McKinzie captures the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) (c) Kathleen O'Leary/Horsephotos.com by Scott Shapiro The Breeders’ Cup is right around the corner and if time permits it is never too early to get a head start on handicapping the World Championships. Sure, there will be much more data available...

British Champions Day Spot Plays Twinspires.com |

Roaring Lion after winning the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-G1) (c) photo courtesy of Leopardstown Racecoure via Twitter by Dick Powell Heavy rain has hit the Ascot area and the turf conditions are supposed to be soft with heavy spots on the round course. A number of decisions have been made due...

How to bet the 2018 Athenia Stakes at Belmont Park Twinspires.com |

On Leave winning the One Dreamer Stakes at Kentucky Downs (c) Reed Palmer Photography by Dick Powell I like handicapping challenges but Sunday’s Athenia Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf course is a real headscratcher. The weather should be...

How to bet the 2018 Dowager Stakes at Keeneland John Mucciolo |

Vexatious wins the CTT and TOC Stakes at Del Mar (c) Benoit Photo A field of 10 turf distaffers will go 1 1/2 miles on the Keeneland lawn in Sunday’s $125,000 Dowager Stakes (G3). VIVA VEGAS (#1) (8-1) ran arguably her best race to date in preparation of this one. The Derek Ryan-trained Violet...

A look at the Grand National Steeplechase with TwinSpires Jump Insurance Vance Hanson |

For the first time since it began hosting the Grand National Steeplechase (G1), the Far Hills Races in New Jersey on Saturday will offer pari-mutuel wagering on the most lucrative jump race in the U.S. and the richest card of its kind in the country. You can watch and wager on the action at...

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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.