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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.

Dubai: Local Time keeps ticking, Almoonqith finds his calling Kellie Reilly |

Godolphin's Local Time clocked her foes once again in last Thursday's U.A.E. Oaks (UAE-G3), but the striking visual impression could be no more than a desert mirage. The evidence of the clock, and the form book, raise questions about her otherwise admirable accomplishment of turning the U.A.E. One...

Double-Digit Prices Across The Board Frank Cotolo |

We were in play with the features this week but this time of the season our major accomplishments are not the races that make headlines. Indeed, it’s the results that impress the bettors more than the insiders. Check out the horses-to-watch list (H2W) below for the past weekend. There are no...

Stellar Wind makes some noise in Santa Ysabel Jennifer Caldwell |

As expected, Light the City was sent off the favorite in Saturday’s Santa Ysabel S. (G3), but it was Stellar Wind who stole the show at Santa Anita Park for new trainer John Sadler. The chestnut miss utilized her outside post position to good effect, letting the speedsters take control up front...

Betting For Profit Derek Simon |

Anybody who’s been around the Sport of Kings for any length of time knows that all thoroughbreds descended from the Byerley Turk, the Darley Arabian or the Godolphin Arabian; all horseplayers seemingly descended from Mr. Geppetto. Asking a racetrack punter for an honest account of his/her...

Saturday’s Prime Power Play – Put the Percentages in Your Favor Twinspires.com |

Prime Power Play, Saturday, Feb. 28: THE GREAT WAR (Turfway Park, Race 6, #11) Prime Power is Brisnet.com’s most powerful number, a rating that is a feature of the Ultimate Past Performances and other reports. With Prime Power, BRIS Speed, Class, Pace, form, weight, distance and more are combined...

Bet Now, Win Later; It's the Future Wager Way Ed DeRosa |

Who can win the Kentucky Derby is an important question to ask when deciding whether to get involved in a future wager, but just as important for making the advance investment worth your time and money is the chance that a horse not only makes the gate but also what his odds will be if he does....

Beginning a ‘Legacy’ or ‘Light’ up the toteboard in Santa Ysabel? Jennifer Caldwell |

That headline is a bit misleading. While Achiever’s Legacy could begin her, well, legacy in Saturday’s Santa Ysabel S. (G3) at Santa Anita Park, there is little chance that Light the City will light up the toteboard in the 1 1/16-mile contest. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the Jerry...

Winners & Losers In February Prep Races Twinspires.com |

There have been six Graded Stakes route races for three-year-olds run so far in the month of February: the final four races of the Kentucky Derby Prep Season and the first two races of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series. Here’s how I saw them: The Withers Stakes on February 7 at Aqueduct....

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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.