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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.

With Anticipation, P.G. Johnson put spotlight on turf-oriented juveniles Vance Hanson |

Turf-oriented two-year-olds will take center stage midweek at Saratoga with Wednesday's $200,000 With Anticipation (G2) and Thursday's $100,000 P.G. Johnson for fillies potentially yielding a contender or more for the Breeders' Cup in two months time. Todd Pletcher has trained two of the past...

Nyquist, Exaggerator to meet again in Penn Derby, but will it ultimately mean anything? Vance Hanson |

If everything falls into place, Nyquist and Exaggerator will face each other for a fifth time this year on September 24 in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at Parx. As exciting a prospect as that would have sounded not too long ago, the question now is whether the result will mean anything in...

Jockey, trainer races at Del Mar should come down to the wire |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO With just one week to go at the Del Mar 2016 summer meeting both the jockey and trainer titles are still up for grabs. Both will likely come down to next week's six-day racing schedule that concludes on Labor Day.   Flavian Prat has a seven-win lead after hitting the wire...

Arrogate: the quintessence of a late-blooming superstar James Scully |

Arrogate had his supporters in Saturday’s $1.25 million Travers (G1) but nobody could anticipate the scale of greatness at Saratoga. The sublime 13 ½-length, track record-setting victory is arguably the best performance in the 147-year history of the Midsummer Derby. There’s no guarantee he’ll run...

Season’s Highest Price From ‘Lady’ Winner At $119; Obrigado Best Trotter With $14 Score; 45-Percent In-The-Money Total Frank Cotolo |

Two days of features and horses to watch (H2W) produced tepid win situations even with many contenders hitting the  board but anything would have been overshadowed by the lucrative performance of a filly in the first of two She’s A Great Lady elims on Aug. 27 at Mohawk. We suggested only one...

Arrogate smashes track record in Travers runaway |

Story & photos by Teresa Genaro In the 147th Travers on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, some of the horses did what their form would suggest they would, and some didn’t. Laoban went to the lead, like he was supposed to, and Arrogate was there with him, like he was supposed to be, but at odds...

The dissimilarities of internationals at The Spa |

by Ron Flatter They both came to America with group wins from overseas. Both carried the ambitions of the Arab royalty that own them. And they are both six-year-olds in training with stud careers in their long-term future. But for Flintshire and Tamarkuz, that is where the similarities end. With...

Lady Eli foiled in Ballston Spa – by Strike Charmer, and by tactics? Kellie Reilly |

In advance of Saturday’s $400,000 Ballston Spa (G2) at Saratoga, I kept trying to tamp down my own expectations about Lady Eli’s comeback. Just getting here was a moral victory in itself, after a near-fatal attack of laminitis last summer. Surely it would be unfair to expect her to retain her...



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.