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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.

Factor Prime Power & Last-Out Speed Rating into your Kentucky Downs Handicapping Ed DeRosa |

Anyone who creates, markets, and/or sells speed ratings and/or performance figures for a living will gladly tell you how over complicated we’ve made the handicapping process. Andy Beyer wrote about it in his books, as did Len Ragozin in his: the single most powerful piece of information when...

Nyquist the one to beat but some new faces await in Del Mar Futurity James Scully |

Nyquist can stake a claim as the best 2yo male in training with a victory in Monday’s $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1). A son of Uncle Mo, the Doug O’Neill-trained colt heads a field of eight in the closing-day feature. Purchased for $400,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2yo sale, Nyquist...

Breeders' Cup Big Bet Battle Royale picks for Spinaway |

One of the exciting contest & promotions at, the $15,000 Breeders’ Cup Big Bet Battle Royale is offering Players the opportunity to win a VIP Trip to the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland and a $10,000 Win bet on the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In order to qualify for the Battle Royale’s...

Hopeful, Bernard Baruch close out Saratoga’s 2015 season on Labor Day Monday Jennifer Caldwell |

Saratoga will close the doors on its 152nd racing meet on Labor Day Monday, and highlighting the final card of 2015 will be two graded contests – one for juveniles in the penultimate race of the season and the other sending older runners in the last turf stakes of the meet. The $350,000 Hopeful S...

Potential value plays in Saturday stakes Kellie Reilly |

The usual caveats and disclaimers apply about whether these will produce tangible value, but their morning-line odds are a bit high relative to their win chances. So here are the potential overlays in 10 Saturday stakes, in order of scheduled post time: Saratoga's 8TH, the Saranac (G3): Vision...

How To Win Big in the Pick 6 When Your Strongest Opinion Is Not Having One Ed DeRosa |

When your strongest opinion is that you don’t have a strong opinion on a particular race, watching a longshot go gate-to-wire to scoop the entire Pick 6 pool might not make you feel like a smart handicapper, but it’s a great way to feel like a smart bettor. That’s what happened to the Virginia-...

Travers Recap Derek Simon |

Host Derek Simon recaps the 2015 Travers Stakes, with commentary from American Pharoah's trainer (Bob Baffert), jockey (Victor Espinoza) and owner (Ahmed Zayat). Check Out Sports Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with TwinSpires Radio on BlogTalkRadio

American Pharoah Lost, Get Over It! Derek Simon |

American Pharoah lost a horse race. And not since Chicken Little proclaimed that the sky was falling has there been so much ado-doo about nothing. After the Triple Crown champion was overtaken by Keen Ice in the stretch of last Saturday’s Travers Stakes, the excuses came faster than a speeding...



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.