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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.

Royal Ascot will start with a bang Kellie Reilly |

We interrupt our wall-to-wall American Pharoah coverage to look ahead to the most hotly anticipated clash at Royal Ascot. While most American fans are especially eager to see California Chrome's tilt at the Prince of Wales' S. (Eng-G1) on June 17, day two of the meeting, the June 16 opener is not...

American Pharoah is Special But How Special Do You Have To Be To Win a Triple Crown? Twinspires.com |

by LAURA PUGH It takes a special horse to complete a Triple Crown sweep. The question is how special? Thirteen horses since 1978 have won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and all failed to win the Belmont Stakes, including some of the best horses in the past generation like...

Baffert on American Pharoah: 'maybe this is the one' Kellie Reilly |

Listening to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert talk American Pharoah on Thursday's NTRA conference call, I was buoyed by an increasing hope that our Triple Crown drought could really be nearing its end. It would be going too far to describe his tone as confident, but reading between the lines, he...

Does Materiality take it to American Pharoah in 2015 Belmont Stakes? James Scully |

American Pharoah continues to train forwardly in advance of the June 6 Belmont Stakes and at face value, no rival appears capable of stopping him. However, the grind of the five-week Triple Crown trail, coupled with the 1 ½-mile Belmont distance, can be extreme. When it comes to viable upset...

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?

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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.