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Welcome to the TwinSpires Blog.

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.

What is ‘Smart Money?’ Derek Simon |

Several years ago, I wrote about “smart money” — the notion that a particular horse is getting pari-mutuel love from insiders or bettors in the know. Over the years, I’ve come to affectionately refer to this group as “they,” based on interactions with racing fans I’ve known who seem convinced that...

Dortmund gets up in final strides James Scully |

Dortmund continued to impress while being tested for the first time in his three-race career, remaining unbeaten with an ultra-game performance in Saturday’s Grade 1 Futurity Stakes. Wide the entire way, the massive two-year-old colt needed every step of the long Los Alamitos stretch run to...

An Eclipse toast of ‘Brandi Jennifer Caldwell |

A half-length victory in the Starlet (G1) at Los Alamitos on December 13 pretty much sealed the deal for Take Charge Brandi. By winning the Starlet, Delta Downs Princess (G3) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in succession, the chestnut miss should continue the tradition of BC Juvenile Fillies...

Owner hopes to keep rolling with Dortmund James Scully |

The German sports club naming strategy is working well for Kaleem Shah. First up was Bayern, who capped an outstanding three-year-old season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and is a contender for Horse of the Year. His name is an apparent nod to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, the top...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon Derek Simon |

TwinSpires' Derek Simon discusses track bias, with an assist from "Betting Thoroughbreds" author Steve Davidowitz. In the U. of Bet, Derek tackles the tote board, with an in-depth look at "insider" betting. How can one spot it and is it meaningful? Lastly, in the Handicapping segment,...

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The latest eNews blast is here - and we want you to take down your share of 2 Million Points during the 12 Bets of TwinSpires! All you need to do is cash bets in featured races at 12 different tracks. Santa is coming to town early this Saturday! With the Super Secret Santa 10% Superfecta Bonus...

Overnight Omnipotence Frank Cotolo |

As we approach the end of another year and the equine age upgrades that define next season’s division, we are still swarmed with standardbred action across the board. Deep December offers your TwinSpires account many great opportunities across the continent. You may not be as familiar with the...

Using Speed, Class, & Potter Stewart to Define a Great Performance Ed DeRosa |

To most race fans, a great performance can be hard to define with words, but as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said regarding obscenity, “I know when I see it.” From a personal eye test perspective, Shared Belief winning the Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar was the single most breathtaking...



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.