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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.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager Field Value Conundrum: Is it worth betting $5(000) now to win $4(000) (five months) later? Ed DeRosa |

Whether you’re looking ahead to Kentucky Derby 141 or still excited over Derby 140, there’s something for everyone this weekend. From a wagering standpoint, Friday-Sunday marks the first time (unless you live in [or have recently visited] Nevada) you can bet on who will win the 2015 Kentucky Derby...

Post-Crown Jewels Frank Cotolo |

The Breeders Crown completed, many of the season’s champs will take the rest of the year off. It has been a long, competitive season all over North America for all 12 divisions. But there are still weekends left and some late-season stakes to highlight for horses wanting to add more to their 2014...

Thoughts on Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager James Scully |

Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) opens Friday and closes Sunday at 6 p.m. (ET). TwinSpires.com will offer wagering (check out the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Insurance promotion) and real-time odds are available through KentuckyDerby.com. Installed at 3-5 on the morning line, the...

Giving thanks for a great week of racing Vance Hanson |

If asked what their favorite time on the calendar is, most racing fans would gravitate toward the obvious. The "Family Feud" type survey would undoubtedly say the Triple Crown and its preceding run-up of preps, Saratoga and Del Mar, and the Breeders' Cup. Those are all great, of course, and quite...

Seven reasons to follow international racing Kellie Reilly |

For the casual fan who's getting more involved in the racing scene, taking the plunge into international waters might seem daunting. But it's never been easier to follow the sport globally, and you'll be rewarded on a number of levels. This is as good a time as any to jump in, with the Japan Cup...

Don't forget about Danny Boy Kellie Reilly |

Last week, Donegal Racing announced that promising two-year-old Danny Boy would be freshened ahead of his 2015 campaign, and a tilt at the Kentucky Derby trail. Although he has been beaten in three straight stakes, this talented colt has plenty of upside for trainer Dale Romans. He's eligible to...

Your Mahoning Valley Opening Day Answer Key Ed DeRosa |

Mahoning Valley Racecourse opens today, and that means while the Brisnet.com Ultimate Past Performances are full of great information, we have no past performances on the track itself, which has yet to run a race. But we can make some assumptions based on the horses and horsemen assembling for the...

So Far So Good At Fair Grounds Ed DeRosa |

We kicked off the 2014-2015 Fair Grounds meeting noting that the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed Rating in dirt sprints during the 2013-2014 meeting turned a flat-bet profit, and it’s more of the same after an opening weekend that featured 19 dirt sprints with the best last-out Brisnet.com Speed...

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Contributors

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.