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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.

No Dortmund but Hoppertunity makes title defense against deep Clark field James Scully |

Bob Baffert elected not to ship multiple Grade 1 winner Dortmund for Friday’s $500,000 Clark H. (G1) at Churchill Downs due to a minor quarter-crack, but the Hall of Fame trainer will still be represented by the 2014 winner, Hoppertunity. The 4-year-old horse heads a strong field of nine entered in...

Dueling Kentucky Derby Future Wagers Offer Tremendous Opportunity Ed DeRosa |

One of the most unique—and thus hopefully exploitable—wagering opportunities I’ve ever seen occurs this weekend when Churchill Downs rolls out its traditional Kentucky Derby future wager alongside a new offering: the Kentucky Derby-winning sire future wager. Each pool offers 23 individual...

Motion/de Sousa combine to win lone graded stakes; speed plays well on turf at Del Mar John Mucciolo |

DEL MAR NOTEBOOK There was a single graded affair during the week at Del Mar.    Red Carpet S. (G3): RMJ Stables’ RUSTY SLIPPER (Lemon Drop Kid) moved three-deep into the lane and proved much the best on this day in securing a 1 ½-length tally under leading English rider Silvestre de...

Deaths of Yes It's True, Keeper Hill announced Vance Hanson |

The deaths of Grade 1 winners Yes It's True and Keeper Hill were announced Tuesday by Three Chimneys Farm and Mill Ridge Farm, respectively. Yes It's True, 19, was euthanized Monday at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute after surgery to repair a perforated intestine proved unsuccessful. The son of...

Taris looks for successful stretchout in Go for Wand Vance Hanson |

Taris proved to be one of the leading female sprinters in the country with a fine third-place effort in last month's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). On Friday, the four-year-old daughter of Flatter will attempt to stretch her speed over a mile in the $300,000 Go for Wand H. (G3) at...

Bettors have a new option as Sire Future Wager offered for 2016 Kentucky Derby |

Edited Press Release Churchill Downs Racetrack will offer a new twist to its Future Wager menu this year with the debut of the Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, which provides bettors with a unique opportunity to wager on select breeding stars and their entire crop of juveniles with the hope of...

"All Others," Nyquist favored in first Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool |

Edited Press Release Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Nyquist (#15) is the likely individual choice, but the ever-popular "All Others" (#24) wager is the morning line favorite for the first of four pools of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) that opens a four-day run on Thanksgiving Day...

Bal a Bali looks to keep momentum going in Seabiscuit Kellie Reilly |

Brazilian Triple Crown winner Bal a Bali has had mixed fortunes since arriving in the United States, but the Richard Mandella trainee may have turned the corner, and hopes to prove the point in Del Mar’s $250,000 Seabiscuit (G2) on Friday. The 1 1/16-mile turf test shapes up as a contentious affair...



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.