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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.

Breeders' Cup 2016 News & Notes |

Breeders’ Cup 2016 is upon us and the hopefuls are putting in their final preparations for the two-day extravaganza at Santa Anita Park on November 4-5. has all you need to enjoy the action including works, analysis, news, photos and more! already has Ultimate PPs...

BC Juvenile contentious while Juvenile Fillies a head scratcher Vance Hanson |

The Juvenile (G1) and Juvenile Fillies (G1) are generally some of the most anticipated races on Breeders' Cup weekend. After all, these are the potential stars of tomorrow, and a lot of folks hope to glean valuable insights into possible contenders for next year's Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky...

California Chrome aims to make history in Breeders’ Cup Classic Kellie Reilly |

It’s already been an historic year for California Chrome – first passing Tiznow as the richest Cal-bred, then beating Curlin’s bankroll as the all-time North American earnings leader – but the all-conquering chestnut could rewrite the history books in the Breeders’ Cup. No horse has won the Dubai...

Elektrum fires in Dowager Jennifer Caldwell |

Hronis Racing LLC’s Elektrum came with a fast-charging rally in Sunday’s $125,000 Dowager Stakes (G3) at Keeneland and just got up to stick her nose in front of Apple Betty to score under Drayden Van Dyke. The five-year-old mare ran in the rear of the field early on in the 1 1/2-mile firm turf...

Found to be cross-entered to Breeders’ Cup Classic Kellie Reilly |

In all my thought experiments about whether Found would contest the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, I very boringly imagined a title defense in the Turf (G1) was the only option. Why bother to put her in the way of Highland Reel, who stood to benefit a lot more, I wondered? Given Coolmore’s penchant...

Tepin, Vyjack could serve up rare sibling rivalry in Breeders’ Cup Kellie Reilly |

Although Tepin’s title defense is the overarching storyline for the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), the champion mare might be part of another historic angle. Her half-brother, Vyjack, is also under consideration for the Mile. If the two Machmer Hall-breds square off, Tepin and Vyjack would become the...

Top ‘Crown’ Elim Winners At $15 And $10; H2W Average Rises To 49-Percent Across The Board Frank Cotolo |

Our features focused on the Breeders Crown elims, Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Meadowlands. Friday’s four events were handled by our other blog: BREEDERS CROWN COUNTDOWN The Breeders Crown Countdown (BCC) blog covered a few of Friday’s eliminations at The Meadowlands. In...

Lightstream rallies for Raven Run victory Jennifer Caldwell |

Up Hill Stables and Head of Plains Partner LLC’s Lightstream was sent off the 2-1 favorite in Saturday’s $250,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland and lived up to expectations with a rallying 1 1/4-length victory. Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Lightstream bided her time six wide in midpack as Lucy...



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.