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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.

The Case Against UAE Derby winner Lani Ed DeRosa |

Let’s play Pyramid! Here is your first subject; ready, go: unraced two-year-olds, horses exiting the U.A.E. Derby, horses with no experience beyond 1 1/16 miles. Answer: Horses I’d never bet to win the Kentucky Derby. Assuming Dazzling Gem doesn’t make the gate, there won’t be any unraced two-...

Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist jogs ‘sound’ first full day at Churchill Downs Ed DeRosa |

Undefeated champion Nyquist jogged a mile on Sunday at Churchill Downs. It was the likely Kentucky Derby favorite’s first time training beneath the Twin Spires, and trainer Doug O’Neil said “He went great.” O’Neill probably isn’t the most impartial observer, but he did look relaxed walking back to...

2016 Kentucky Derby Workout Videos Twinspires.com |

Want all of your 2016 Kentucky Derby workout videos in one place? Well, TwinSpires.com has you covered! Keep checking back as we add more videos from Churchill Downs of Kentucky Derby contenders working out under the famed Twin Spires! Exaggerator Brody's Cause Nyquist Tom's Ready...

Cold $63 Exacta, Two For Four With Two Seconds In Miami P4; $49 Saratoga Score Tops Win Prices Frank Cotolo |

This past Wednesday, April 27, we switched our spot plays via Twitter to Hoosier Park’s current evening meeting. We noted only four races and in each of them we were defeated by the public choices, though all of our horses showed some spunk during their performances and at our kind of odds. We...

Toews on Ice rolls in William Walker James Scully |

Toews on Ice stormed to the lead leaving the far turn and comfortably proved best in Saturday’s $100,000 William Walker, scoring by two lengths over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs. David Lopez was up on the Bob Baffert-trained 3-year-old colt and Toews on Ice completed six furlongs in 1:10.91....

2016 Kentucky Derby Week Opening Night Picks at Churchill Downs Ed DeRosa |

It’s opening night at Churchill Downs, and while it’s impossible not to think about the Kentucky Derby and Oaks next week, there is still a challenging 11-race card tonight, and if you like handicapping an off track then that’s all the more reason to play. My ABC grid is at the bottom of this post...

Five beaten Kentucky Derby longshots that went on to be stars Vance Hanson |

Your longshot entry in the Kentucky Derby (G1) has just finished up the track, perhaps in a better-than-expected effort but more likely a highly disappointing one. Are there brighter days ahead and will he ever prove himself a top-class performer? The odds are still somewhat stacked against your...

Oaks candidates Weep No More, Cathryn Sophia each breeze four panels Twinspires.com |

Edited press release Kentucky Oaks (G1) candidate Weep No More, winner of the Ashland (G1) in her most recent start, worked a half-mile Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in :49.60 before 6 a.m. (EDT) with jockey Corey Lanerie aboard for trainer Rusty Arnold. Working on her own, Weep No...

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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.