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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.

Day 1 at Fair Grounds: Backside immersion Vance Hanson |

NEW ORLEANS -- The forecast all week suggested that my first day at Fair Grounds would be a little wet. What I experienced Thursday morning was a virtual baptism. Intermittent showers while traversing the backside with Fair Grounds' Michael Adolphson eventually turned into a soaking storm with...

‘Levy’ And Matchmaker III; Canadian Thursday Spot Plays; Watch-List Litany Frank Cotolo |

March’s lion entry was verified by a snowstorm but the snow was cleared quickly enough from Yonkers Raceway where the Grand Circuit began with the George Morton Levy Pacing Series and the Blue Chip Matchmaker series. March goes out like a lamb now, with few winner surprises in either series. March...

Bouncing into the Horse Player World Series: My biggest tournament entry ever Ed DeRosa |

I bounced. Since my big Pick 4 score at Sam Houston Race Park two weeks ago, my ROI on horse racing is -33.5% including my single-biggest losing day ever on Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. There were two winners in the late Pick 4 today @SHRP. I was one of them. —...

Arrogate the best I’ve seen |

By Dick Powell I have been saying, up until Saturday, that ARROGATE (Unbridled’s Song) is as good as anyone that I have ever seen. Now, after Saturday, I can say he is the best I have ever seen. That covers a lot of horses but he is that good. By now, you have probably seen the replay of the $10...

The Dubai Conundrum John Mucciolo |

I will start by saying the current state of the three-year-old crop is far from the best I have seen this close to the Kentucky Derby, with a little more than five weeks remaining until the Run for the Roses. The prep races to this point have clouded the picture and setbacks to top contenders...

Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report March 29: Hence gets big number James Scully |

Hence powered his way to a 3 ¾-length upset in the Sunland Derby (G3), rallying last-to-first at 10-1 odds, and earned a 103 BRIS Speed rating that towers over previous numbers. He received a perfect set-up behind a sizzling early pace and the surprising performance leaves us wondering whether he’s...

Six things I'm looking forward to this week at the Louisiana Derby Vance Hanson |

Five American Thoroughbred racetracks laid out in the 19th century have survived into the 21st without significant re-positioning. I long ago made pilgrimages to the two oldest, Saratoga and Pimlico, have visited Churchill Downs more times than I can recall, and have dropped in at Hawthorne twice...

Seasons of Arrogate: How do you measure a great? Ed DeRosa |

Jonathan Larson said you measure a year in love, but how do you measure great racehorses across the years? Rent had midnight, laughter, and cups of coffee. Horse racing has figures, loudmouths, and Twitter. But that’s the first step toward being talked about among the greats: Do something worthy...



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.