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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.

Hoosier Rocks On October’s Sunset Frank Cotolo |

Launching into November, division leaders and scallywag upset hopefuls aim at the month’s last two weeks, when The Meadowlands presents the elims and finals of the Breeders Crown. While the thoroughbred world presents its parade of stars at Santa Anita with the two-day Breeders Cup festival,...

Potential Breeders' Cup Overlays to Watch Vance Hanson |

Other than, perhaps, watching a great champion streak to victory or witnessing one being crowned, nothing quite beats that time-honored Breeders’ Cup experience of cashing tickets on an overlaid contender or longshot few others seemed to like. With that in mind, here are a few entries on this...

Seeking a Home-Court Edge At the Breeders' Cup At Santa Anita James Scully |

by James Scully The Breeders’ Cup will be held for a record eighth time at Santa Anita and an affinity for the dirt and turf ovals in Arcadia, California, is often beneficial. Seven of the 14 horses that finished first in 2013 (She’s a Tiger was disqualified to second) had run well at Santa Anita...

Breeders' Cup play list megamix Ed DeRosa |

My 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships playlist is set and with it the soundtrack to what I hope will be a weekend of undolt riches and safe and healthy trips for all involved. Like a painter staring at a blank canvas or a skiier staring down freshly fallen snow, there is an exciting level of...

Jim Rome Is Hooked On Horse Racing Twinspires.com |

by John Mucciolo Unbeaten champion Shared Belief will be the favorite in Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. The classy son of Candy Ride has handled everything thrown at him to date -- from synthetic and dirt surfaces, sprint and route races alike, and most recently,...

Fun with Breeders' Cup Favorites Ed DeRosa |

As much as I hate the cliché “wide open” moniker to describe any race or series of races (especially major events such as the Breeders’ Cup or Kentucky Derby), it does seem apt for this year’s World Championships on October 31-November 1 at Santa Anita Park—not because favorites can’t win but...

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

Our best shots this past weekend came from the final program at Colonial Downs and with exactas where our choices were partners with favorites, all listed in the horses-to-watch list (H2W). This weekend, too many of our suggested contenders faltered mostly from galloping—the gait that is simply not...

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...

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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.