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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.

San Antonio Showdown between California Chrome and Shared Belief would be historic Ed DeRosa |

Regardless if you want to call the pending matchup between Horse of the Year California Chrome and champion Shared Belief a rematch—as America’s Best Racing is branding it—or a mulligan—as Brisnet.com’s Vance Hanson suggests in the video below—such a matchup is undeniably history. The last time...

Deep-Freeze Features Frank Cotolo |

This weekend, as an historic blizzard fades into the Atlantic and tracks open again for racing, we focus on a few events you can approach. We’ll do our best offering outside contenders that should pump up the prices—explaining them in our traditional “look-beyond-the-toteboard” process. We...

Scully’s Derby Top 10 James Scully |

Upstart (Upstart) improved his status while leaving the competition in his wake, romping to a 5 ½-length victory in Saturday’s Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park. He moved to #3 in my top 10 list and I’m glad to have some future action on him at 53-1 -- based upon his potential for value, I rated...

Like the Super Bowl, these races decided championships (Part 2) Vance Hanson |

Continuing on from Part 1 of this feature posted Tuesday, we now delve into the races that more or less decided Horse of the Year from the (more) modern era of 1990-2014. 1990 - Hollywood Gold Cup (Hollywood Park) CRIMINAL TYPE edged reigning Horse of the Year (and future Hall of Famer) Sunday...

Big Start For Upstart, But Can He Progress? Twinspires.com |

The main focus of last weekend’s three-year-old action occurred at Gulfstream Park, where the Holy Bull, Hutcheson Stakes, and a very promising Maiden Special Weight event garnered most of the attention. We’ll also review the California Cup Derby—a race that featured last year’s Kentucky Derby...

Like the Super Bowl, these races decided championships Vance Hanson |

The 49th edition of the Super Bowl on Sunday will pit the New England Patriots versus the Seattle Seahawks to determine the champion of American professional football. The upcoming showdown got me thinking about which races in the Super Bowl-era determined Thoroughbred racing's national champion,...

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

 We began the weekend on Friday (though there were horses to watch on Thursday, so always look at the H2W list for entries on Thursdays) at Woodbine with two winter series finals. In the Snowshoe Final we raced second to the big favorite and ignited a well-paying exacta. Behind the 9-5...

Lightning Strikes the Rainbow Twice At TwinSpires Ed DeRosa |

TwinSpires.com player William Smith of Maryland hit the Rainbow 6 Jackpot at Gulfstream Park on Friday for $119,599. This is the second time already in 2015 the big prize has been taken down by a TwinSpires player, bringing our players’ Rainbow 6 total prize winnings to more than $475,000 this...

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Contributors

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.