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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.

Kicking off Closing Week of 2016 spring-summer meeting at Churchill Downs Ed DeRosa |

There are only three racing days left at Churchill Downs, which means only two days left to take your shot at being the lone winner of the Louisville track's Single^6 jackpot, which enters the Thursday, June 30, card with a carryover of $671,761. Based on typical pool totals, a lone winning ticket...

Ball Dancing, Danish Dynaformer look to bounce back at Woodbine Kellie Reilly |

Continued from this post on Lady Shipman in the Highlander (G2)… Trainer Chad Brown has one very intriguing entrant on Sunday’s Woodbine card in Ball Dancing, a potential overlay at 12-1 – if she regains form in the C$200,000 Dance Smartly (G2) for fillies and mares. A smart performer in France,...

Lady Shipman takes on males in Highlander Kellie Reilly |

The Queen’s Plate undercard has an added allure Sunday, thanks to top turf sprinter Lady Shipman’s invading Woodbine for the C$200,000 Highlander (G2). Carded as the 4TH race, the Highlander kicks off a quartet of turf stakes building up to the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown. Lady...

Amis Gizmo, Shakhimat square off in Queen’s Plate Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Amis Gizmo and Shakhimat, the top two finishers from the June 12 Plate Trial Stakes, will renew their rivalry on Sunday in the C$1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine. The 157th running of the Queen’s Plate, the oldest annually-run stakes race in North America, attracted a...

Ben Franklin Forecast Is Fiercely Fast At Pocono; Sophomores Co-Star; Northfield Trotting Trial On Tap Frank Cotolo |

The July Fourth weekend in the U.S. offers great harness racing. America’s racehorse, the standardbred, is represented in stakes, features and overnights, all available for play on your TwinSpires platform. On July 2, Pocono Downs’ big stakes night of finals presents star casts, fields of...

‘Beal’ Battalion Featured Alongside Tompkins-Geers At Pocono Frank Cotolo |

Trotters will compete on Saturday, July 2 for $500,000 in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial final at Pocono Downs, as well as in the $77,380 Tompkins-Geers colt trot and $55,380 Tompkins-Geers filly trot at Tioga Downs on Friday, July 1. The “Beal” final possesses two trotters ineligible to the...

Birdatthewire, Limousine Liberal headline Summit of Speed program James Scully |

Birdatthewire tops eight distaffers in the $250,000 Princess Rooney (G2) and Limousine Liberal is the likely favorite among seven runners in the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G2), the two main events in Saturday’s Summit of Speed at Gulfstream Park. The 7-furlong Princess Rooney and 6-furlong Smile...

Full Mast owns class edge in King Edward Vance Hanson |

Full Mast made a favorable impression in his U.S. debut June 5 at Belmont Park, rallying from behind a sizzling pace to beat third-level allowance company. The Juddmonte Farms homebred seeks to add to that North American success Saturday at Woodbine in the C$200,000 King Edward (G2). An early turf...

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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.