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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.

Travers (aka American Pharoah) News & Notes |

Want all your Travers Day news and analysis in one place? Well, you've come to the right blog! Check out the team's Travers articles as well freebies, like complimentary PPs from, contests and videos! FREE Travers Stakes Ultimate PPs w/Comments's...

American Pharoah photo montage |

With American Pharoah competing in Saturday's Travers S. (G1) at Saratoga, we thought our readers would relish a photoblog of the Triple Crown champion before, during and after the event. Enjoy! FRIDAY All lined up and waiting for the champ to arrive (NYRA/Adam Coglianese/Susie Raisher) Smokey...

Runhappy lives up to name while setting new King’s Bishop record Jennifer Caldwell |

Runhappy had dominated in three of his four lifetime starts prior to the King’s Bishop S. (G1) at Saratoga on Saturday, but because his last two races came at Ellis Park and Indiana Grand the bay colt was overlooked at 11-1 on Travers Day. That proved a costly mistake. Runhappy took command soon...

Unbridled Forever prevails in Ballerina Jennifer Caldwell |

Unbridled Forever rallied from last in Saturday’s $500,000 Ballerina S. (G1) at Saratoga to take the seven-furlong contest by a length under jockey John Velazquez. An early contender for the 2014 Kentucky Oaks (G1), Unbridled Forever tailed off a bit at the end of last season, finishing fifth in...

Sheer Drama guts out Personal Ensign victory Jennifer Caldwell |

Sheer Drama entered Saturday’s Personal Ensign S. (G1) off a nice two-length score in the Delaware H. (G1) and proceeded to make it two Grade 1 wins in a row with a gusty victory in the Saratoga contest. Regular jockey Joe Bravo allowed Sheer Drama to settle into a stalking spot just behind...

How Ed DeRosa is betting the Travers Stakes (aka is anyone betting against American Pharoah?) Ed DeRosa |

The most incredible thing to me about the build up of Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah running in the Travers Stakes is not the hoopla surrounding Pharoahtoga—the mainstream media coverage, the 15,000 to watch a workout, Joe Drape actually writing something good about racing. All of that is...

Signals Indicate Untapable Could Return to Brilliance in Personal Ensign |

Untapable, last year’s Eclipse Champion 3 year old filly, has had tough time duplicating her 2014 form during this season. After such a dominating year that saw her win four grade ones, including the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Kentucky Oaks, hopes were high that she would continue that success over...

American Pharoah's Historical Campaign Creates Personal Memories |

by LAURA PUGH After weeks of waiting, listening with our ears wide open, sitting on the edge of our seats, the hope has now officially become a reality as today is Travers Day when American Pharoah will march to post! Nobody needs to tell me how electric the atmosphere will be, after having been...



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.