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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.

Handicapping Keeneland Dirt the ALL-Ways Way Ed DeRosa |

Keeneland Race Course opens its fall meeting on Friday, and—if this The Handicapper’s Edge poll is any indication—the Lexington track is in for record handle on the heels of installing a new dirt surface as its main track following eight years with Polytrack. It’s easy to forecast record handle...

Eight Remain In Horse of the Year Race Ed DeRosa |

The criteria voters use to determine their top 10 horses is as subjective as the ranking themselves. Some vote on accomplishment, others based on who is the most talented, some as a pure “Horse of the Year” question, and most as some combination of those three things. Poll administrator Joan...

Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes Frank Cotolo |

Freehold Raceway’s Lou Babic finals for frosh colt and filly pacers delivered our best strike for the weekend. We gave you the filly winner, Strut My Stuff ($12.20, $2.60, n/s) and our colt choice, Mitt Jagger was second ($9, $3.40) in an exacta worth $12.60 with the favorite. The southern...

Super Saturday Derek Simon |

It’s officially fall, time to start gearing up for the Breeders’ Cup to be held at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. And if you’ve already got the BC bug, Belmont Park is the place to be this weekend. On Saturday, Big Sandy is the home of — count ‘em — six Breeders’ Cup prep races: the Grade II...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon Derek Simon |

In the News & Notes segment, host Derek Simon discusses a great article in The Guardian entitled “Scratching the surface: US racing looks to track conditions to lower injury rates.” Then, he takes up the bizarre tale of a feud between a supermodel and a onetime super horse, California...

Bruno With the Works Dishes on Santa Anita's New Dirt |

Santa Anita has installed a new main track surface for the upcoming fall meeting that begins Friday, September 26. In a track-issued press release, Superintendent Dennis Moore identifies the surface as “El Segundo Sand,” a mix of silt and clay. “El Segundo Sand is naturally occurring, and we won’... presents's College Football Game of the Week: Mizzou at S. Car (-5.5) & over 62 Ed DeRosa |

For Week 5 in the College Football, there are a total of 19 plays that cover the spread greater than 57% of the time to be considered "normal" or better, including three picks that cover more than 60% of the time as well as four predicted outright upsets. Subscribing to Picks for every game...

Harness Racing’s Autumn Almanac Frank Cotolo |

Blue grass, The Red Mile and the amber skies of Kentucky are the atmosphere of the Grand Circuit as Autumn debuts in 2014. James Mulligan’s famous ode to the state sang that “Life’s burdens bear the brightest” and “the home fires burn the brightest” and the racehorses are “the fleetest.” We intend...



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.