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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.

International Star continues to shine in Louisiana Derby James Scully |

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star wore down pacesetter Stanford (Malibu Moon) in deep stretch to post a neck victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Louisiana Derby (G2), completing a sweep of the three-year-old graded stakes at Fair Grounds. “That’s back to back wins for us here in the Louisiana...

Has Florida Derby winner Materiality risen too far, too fast? Vance Hanson |

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s record-tying third victory in the Florida Derby on Saturday was achieved when the lightly-raced Materiality held off even-money favorite Upstart in the $1 million, 1 1/8-mile fixture. Materiality’s win comes just a year after Pletcher won the Florida Derby for a second time...

20th Dubai World Cup exceeded expectations |

by JOHN MUCCIOLO I am not sure if the host nation has put on a bigger show previously since this was my first voyage to the desert, but the 20th Dubai World Cup couldn’t have been much more majestic. I have mentioned previously about the first-class treatment I received and can’t state...

Prince Bishop upsets California Chrome in Dubai World Cup Kellie Reilly |

The biggest beneficiary of the Dubai World Cup's (UAE-G1) return to dirt Saturday wasn't the stern American challenge launched by California Chrome and Lea. Instead, it was the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Prince Bishop, unplaced in his past three attempts on the World Cup on Meydan's old Tapeta, who...

Solow rides high in Dubai |

by JOHN MUCCIOLO The Freddie Head-trained Solow angled into the clear near the top of the stretch and parlayed a lethal turn of foot into a most facile tally in the $6 million Dubai Turf. The five-year-old son of Singspiel, who had the widest post in the 10-horse field, was always where pilot...

Mubtaahij on to Kentucky Derby |

by JOHN MUCCIOLO Al Bastakiya S. hero Mubtaahij lived up to the hype in the UAE Derby (UAE-G2) on Saturday with a punishing, eight-length win over a devastated field. The sophomore colt, who has improved during each race at the Carnival, left his foes in his wake and could have won by more,...

Fifth time the charm for Power |

by JOHN MUCCIOLO Eight-year-old Sole Power, in his fifth run at the World Cup, finally broke through in the Al Quoz Sprint, delivering a blistering late run to post a strong victory under Richard Hughes. Trained by Eddie Lynam, the eight-year-old champion showed the marked improvement that...

And here we go on Dubai World Cup Day |

by JOHN MUCCIOLO This has to be the best way to start the day -- with high-class horse racing! The weather is perfect at Meydan and the track played fairly in the opener, the Godolphin Mile, which was won narrowly by favored Tamarkuz, with Sloan Avenue just missing in second. Third-placer Free...



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.