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Saturday’s Prime Power Play – Put the Percentages in Your Favor Twinspires.com |

Prime Power Play, Saturday, Feb. 28: THE GREAT WAR (Turfway Park, Race 6, #11) Prime Power is Brisnet.com’s most powerful number, a rating that is a feature of the Ultimate Past Performances and other reports. With Prime Power, BRIS Speed, Class, Pace, form, weight, distance and more are combined...

Bet Now, Win Later; It's the Future Wager Way Ed DeRosa |

Who can win the Kentucky Derby is an important question to ask when deciding whether to get involved in a future wager, but just as important for making the advance investment worth your time and money is the chance that a horse not only makes the gate but also what his odds will be if he does....

Beginning a ‘Legacy’ or ‘Light’ up the toteboard in Santa Ysabel? Jennifer Caldwell |

That headline is a bit misleading. While Achiever’s Legacy could begin her, well, legacy in Saturday’s Santa Ysabel S. (G3) at Santa Anita Park, there is little chance that Light the City will light up the toteboard in the 1 1/16-mile contest. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the Jerry...

Winners & Losers In February Prep Races Twinspires.com |

There have been six Graded Stakes route races for three-year-olds run so far in the month of February: the final four races of the Kentucky Derby Prep Season and the first two races of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series. Here’s how I saw them: The Withers Stakes on February 7 at Aqueduct....

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 Analysis James Scully |

Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) opens Friday (Feb. 27) at noon (ET) and concludes at 6 pm. on Sunday. The mutuel field closed at 3-1 in Pool 3 of the 2014 KDFW and the morning line odds are the same for this weekend’s edition. Four individual horses wound up at less than 15-1...

What do a phaeton, chatterbox and condo have in common? Jennifer Caldwell |

The answer to that question is 50 Kentucky Oaks (G1) points – at least if you’re talking about Ekati’s Phaeton, I’m a Chatterbox and Condo Commando. Actually, those three fillies have more than 50 points toward a starting berth in the Oaks due to prior victories/placings in the series of races...

February Finale Filled With Pure Profit Expectations Frank Cotolo |

The forecast looks well enough to try again at the Meadowlands with its triptych of winter-series finals on the last weekend in February. Our suggested contenders for Feb. 28’s features are rehashed below. Our overnight races chosen this weekend include a Pick 3 at the Meadows on Friday, Feb....

Scully’s Derby Top 10 – Itsaknockout, International Star join as McLaughlin duo departs James Scully |

Whether you thought Upstart was the best horse or Itsaknockout lost all chance due to interference, the Fountain of Youth gave Thoroughbred racing fans something to debate. It was an oddly-run race, with the top finishers staggering home over a tiring track that produced a slow final time (1:46.29...

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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.