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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.

Swift And Strong Sophomores Pacing For Plentiful Purses Frank Cotolo |

Sophomores are beginning to steal the headlines as summer looms boldly. At Yonkers on May 30 the Art Rooney Memorial Final brings together the early season colt-pacing stars and the Lismore has fillies. Across the river at the Meadowlands, New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) three-year-olds of both...

Swift And Strong Sophomores Pacing For Plentiful Purses Frank Cotolo |

Sophomores are beginning to steal the headlines as summer looms boldly. At Yonkers on May 30 the Art Rooney Memorial Final brings together the early season colt-pacing stars and the Lismore has fillies. Across the river at the Meadowlands, New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) three-year-olds of both...

Swift And Strong Sophomores Pacing For Plentiful Purses Frank Cotolo |

Sophomores are beginning to steal the headlines as summer looms boldly. At Yonkers on May 30 the Art Rooney Memorial Final brings together the early season colt-pacing stars and the Lismore has fillies. Across the river at the Meadowlands, New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) three-year-olds of both...

Turf Talk - Ed & Vance discuss stakes-laden big event days and food trucks Twinspires.com |

May 26, 2015 The racing calendar is shifting in favor of bigger days of racing, as tracks employ other methods of coaxing people to attend their races particularly around the holidays, but aren't food tracks just carnival concession stands in disguise?

State-Bred Finals And Takter Troup On Tap Frank Cotolo |

More sires stakes present Hambletonian Trail rollers this coming weekend, including New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) finals at the Meadowlands for both trotting divisions. Also, a few hopefuls set sail in condition events on the NJSS finals program. Other, lucrative Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS)...

American Pharoah’s return to worktab brings sense of Déjà vu James Scully |

Tuning up for his date with destiny, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 6, American Pharoah returned to the worktab Tuesday at Churchill Downs with another eye-catching exercise, breezing four furlongs in 48 seconds with exercise rider Martin Garcia. The supremely talented colt continues to...

Anatomy of a stallion deal: American Pharoah and a Triple Crown winner's future Ed DeRosa |

Before I marketed Brisnet.com and communicated about TwinSpires.com for Churchill Downs Inc., I wrote full time about the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries for Norman Ridker’s now-defunct Thoroughbred Times rag. One of my primary beats was stallion news and along with it the annual derby...

American Pharoah's Memorial Day exercise Kellie Reilly |

Triple Crown-seeking champion American Pharoah took to a sloppy track at Churchill Downs on Memorial Day morning, and once again displayed the easy, effortless action that's become his trademark. His routine 1 1/4-mile gallop was posted on YouTube by Churchill's own Jill Byrne:   You can...

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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.