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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.

Mo Tom seeks second consecutive Kentucky Derby prep at Fair Grounds, Airoforce returns in Risen Star James Scully |

After rolling to a 2 ¼-length decision in the January 16 Lecomte (G3), Mo Tom will try to make it two straight at Fair Grounds in Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star (G2). The Tom Amoss-trained colt heads a field of 13 in the 1 1/16-mile event. The Risen Star kicks off the “Championship...

Stageplay tops Rachel Alexandra James Scully |

Multiple stakes winner Stageplay heads a field of nine fillies in Saturday’s $200,000 Rachel Alexandra (G3) at Fair Grounds. Part of the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series, the 1 1/16-mile race awards points on a 50-20-10-5 scale to the top four finishers. Trained by Steve Asmussen,...

Freehold Win Tops At $19; Miami Pick-4 Combo Spills $128 Exacta; Place Prices Soar Frank Cotolo |

Our betting weekend began on Thursday, Feb. 11 with our top winner of the week coming in our first call, the beginning of the Late Daily Double at Freehold, Quiet Cammile ($19.00, $11.00, $4.80). Our second choice, Sleazy Does It (8-1) finished seventh. In the second half of that Daily Double...

Kentucky Derby Poll Dancing Ed DeRosa |

With the transition from the Kentucky Derby Prep Season that concludes with the Southwest Stakes on Monday, February 15, at Oaklawn Park to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series that begins with the Risen Star Stakes on Saturday, February 20, at Fair Grounds, Triple Crown poll season is in full...

Tara’s Tango lives up to favoritism in Santa Maria Jennifer Caldwell |

Despite having never won a stakes race, Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Tara’s Tango was sent off the 9-5 favorite in Saturday’s $201,035 Santa Maria S. (G2) against confirmed graded winners Yahilwa, Living the Life and Birdatthewire. In the end, the gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song proved too good...

Frank Conversation doubles up in El Camino Real Derby Kellie Reilly |

Hailing from the same connections as unbeaten champion Nyquist, Frank Conversation is getting in the habit of being his warm-up act. On the day of the Eclipse Awards gala, he captured the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields for Reddam Racing, trainer Doug O’Neill, and jockey Mario Gutierrez. On...

Awesome Banner, Cherry Wine post five-furlong moves for Fountain of Youth |

Edited Press Release Awesome Banner and Cherry Wine, two of the leading candidates for the $400,000 Fountain of Youth S. (G2) on February 27 at Gulfstream Park, turned in impressive five-furlong workouts Saturday morning at the Hallandale Beach, Florida, track. Unbeaten Awesome Banner was the...

Bolo back with a bang in Arcadia Kellie Reilly |

Bolo, who crushed the 2014 Eddie Logan in the manner of a budding turf star, may yet make good on that early promise. Undaunted by a checkered sophomore season -- that ended in a van-off from the July 4 Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) – the Carla Gaines pupil returned to deny 4-5 favorite Obviously...



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.