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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.

5 Steps to Breeders’ Cup Success Derek Simon |

As many of my regular readers know, I love systems and angles. Simple systems and angles, complex systems and angles, goofy systems and angles — I love ‘em all. My passion for a purely numbers-based approach to the Sport of Kings began in 1984, with a column penned — probably literally (there...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon Derek Simon |

In the News & Notes segment, host Derek Simon discusses the top stories in the Sport of Kings, including a new claiming rule in New York and a tragic confrontation between Steve Coburn, part-owner of California Chrome, and some members of the Breeders’ Cup media. In the U. of Bet / History...

The Best Put To The Test Frank Cotolo |

The freshmen and the sophomores continue in combat for further assurances that going to the Breeders Crown is a sound idea and this season there are plenty of contenders in each division for hopes to be high. This weekend, many eligible frosh stake players go in the Fall Four finals after...

Ghosts of Breeders' Cup Classics past Ed DeRosa |

I probably need an intervention. I’ve picked the favorite to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic in eight of the past 12 editions with just two wins to show from it (and in six of the past eight with just one win). On the other hand, until the last two goose eggs (and four of the last five) picking...

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

We start with our biggest success of the weekend, certainly a surprise to us at the price. Pointing to Luck Be Withyou in the Messenger elim at Yonkers on Oct. 18, we expected a decent price but not a longshot. The winner of the elim was Luck Be Withyou ($23, $4.90, $2.40). The Messenger Final is...

BC Value Plays Derek Simon |

I know, I know. Imploring bettors to look for value in the Breeders’ Cup races is kind of like telling one’s teenaged son or daughter to look both ways before crossing the street. Granted, my mom was famous for the latter… but, generally, it is unnecessary past the age of five. Still, seeking...

Big Stakes Menus at Maywood, Woodbine And Yonkers Frank Cotolo |

The first stop this weekend takes place on Friday, Oct. 17, at Maywood in Illinois, where the track’s signature stakes events, led by the Windy City Pace, feature many of the Grand Circuit stars on both gaits, adorn the program. On Friday, also, Woodbine’s fresh harness meet presents two of...

Class and Speed Winning at Keeneland Ed DeRosa |

The fact that the top Class and Speed Ratings are each showing a flat bet profit at the current Keeneland Race Course meeting, and I am not makes me ashamed to be director of marketing for These two ratings, along with Prime Power, are—for my money—the three most powerful pieces of...



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.