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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.

H2W Delivers Four Double-Digit Winners; Sun Stakes Sizzle And Fizzle Frank Cotolo |

The July 4 Sun Stakes Saturday at Pocono put to rest most suspicions, including our own, that Wiggle It Jiggleit was learning to be short since he was challenged and lost. His Max Hempt Final victory was stupendous. Brushing to the top he fired to three-quarters in 1:20.3 (we share fractions since...

American dominance on Stars & Stripes Day Kellie Reilly |

When Belmont Park first announced the grand remodeling of the Jamaica and Garden City into the lucrative Belmont Derby (G1) and Oaks (G1) respectively, and their switch from fall to July 4 weekend, it was only natural to think that the inevitable European shippers would loom large. Yet in both...

Quick profiles of internationals in Belmont Derby & Oaks Kellie Reilly |

If you're cramming for today's Grade 1s -- the Belmont Derby (8TH scheduled for 4:32 p.m. EDT) and Belmont Oaks (10TH scheduled for 5:46) -- here are quick profiles of the four international shippers. First, the Belmont Derby duo: Postulation exits a career-best performance in the 1 1/4-mile...

Is Golden Horn unassailable in Eclipse? Kellie Reilly |

Undefeated Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) hero Golden Horn is the prohibitive favorite for Saturday's Eclipse (Eng-G1) at Sandown, with his odds currently hovering around 4-11. His ever-forthright trainer, John Gosden, described that price as "pretty ridiculous" as his star colt takes on older rivals --...

ON POINT: An Outstanding Pick to Beat Lady Eli in the Belmont Oaks |

July 3, 2015 Sometimes you try to beat a favorite because you don't think s/he is the best horse, and other times you just can't ignore the price on another logical contender, and so it goes for Ed DeRosa & James Scully who tab Outstanding to upset Lady Eli in the Belmont Oaks.

Gratto seeks to rake in the Green at Belmont Park James Scully |

A quick look at Saturday’s $400,000 Belmont Sprint, the last of six graded events on a blockbuster Independence Day program, identifies an abundance speed in the eight-horse field. Bay of Plenty can zip from his rail position and Private Zone is a quality front-runner in post 3. Moonlight Song...

Picks and prices for Queen's Plate Day stakes at Woodbine Vance Hanson |

Sunday’s card at Woodbine is highlighted by the 156th running of the C$1 million Queen’s Plate, the first jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown, and also includes three competitive graded stakes on the track’s expansive E.P. Taylor turf course. Here’s a look at the horses that look most appealing to me,...

Big Morning Line Prices On Top At Ellis Ed DeRosa |

Ellis Park kicks off its summer meeting today (Friday, July 3), and if the morning line is correct then I will have two big plays on the card: #6 Swartz (15-to-1 ML) in the second race and #7 Vigorous Titan (10-to-1 ML) in the seventh race. Admittedly, I'm not holding my breath for those prices,...



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.