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Welcome to the TwinSpires Blog.

Our contributors will be continually updating posts to offer commentary, insight, advice, and expert opinions on horse racing and wagering. The goal is to help you win more and become a better all around horse player.

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon Derek Simon |

Host Derek Simon updates listeners on how defending Horse of the Year California Chrome is doing at Newmarket (as he prepares for Royal Ascot) and how Shared Belief is recovering from an injury he sustained in the Charles Town Classic. Then, following an abbreviated History segment regarding the...

2015 Kentucky Derby: Pace Handicapping 101 Derek Simon |

What happened to Kentucky Derby contender Danzig Moon at Tampa? Kellie Reilly |

Danzig Moon's stock as an interesting Kentucky Derby (G1) longshot has been rising since his smart works of late at Churchill Downs -- five furlongs in a bullet :58 April 18 and a half-mile in :48 4/5 on Friday. The Mark Casse trainee sports a fantastic pedigree, and an upwardly mobile look off...

Gathering baby stories for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Kellie Reilly |

For the past couple of years, perhaps my favorite task in the build-up to the Kentucky Derby has been collecting "baby stories" about the contenders. Breeders, consignors, and other dedicated horsepeople have generously shared time and information to give insight into the Derby horses'...

Our worst Kentucky Derby picks |

This week, we're strolling down memory lane to revisit several Kentucky Derbies that hold special personal meaning for us. Our fourth and final "team blog" looks back at our worst Kentucky Derby picks. Vance Hanson: Having recounted earlier this week my inability to pick a Kentucky Derby winner...

ROI, not win percentage, Casts Shadow on Gorder Contamination Claims |

by DOUG SALVATORE The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has suspended trainer Kellyn Gorder for 14 months. He received twelve months for a positive Methamphetamine test taken from Bourbon Warfare after his victory at Churchill Downs on November 22, 2014. Gorder also received an additional two...

Star Trotters Return; Levy Night Drama Emerges In Jam-Packed Weekend Frank Cotolo |

Friday, April 24, some great trotting stars return to the track to compete in the Meadows Maturity, a $51,000 mile for trotting mares that includes the great Shake It Cerry. Three-year-old filly pacers show their faces in the Do Me Honor feature on the same program. More soph-filly pacers, these...

Our favorite renewals of the Kentucky Derby |

This week, we're strolling down memory lane to revisit several Kentucky Derbies that hold special personal meaning for us. Our third "team blog" looks back at our favorite Kentucky Derby renewals. Kellie Reilly: Swale was just my type of horse. Although I was a neophyte when it came to pedigrees...



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.