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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.

The ‘Jug’ And A Hoosier Harness Harangue Frank Cotolo |

We will begin with the immediate attraction, Thursday, Sept. 18’s Little Brown Jug at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds. We’ll stay in the Midwest for Saturday, Sept. 20’s Hoosier Park program, featuring a few top stakes and some stars that sat out the Ohio fair.  The Milton Final at Mohawk...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon Derek Simon |

Host Derek Simon discusses the announced closing of Suffolk Downs after 79 years of hosting thoroughbred racing, relating it to the closing of Longacres Park in 1992. In the I Need to Know segment, Derek explains how handicapping dogma keeps many players in the pari-mutuel dog house. And, lastly,...

Delaware, Ohio Special Edition Frank Cotolo |

Here we go with special Delaware, Ohio “Jug” meeting coverage for Tuesday, Sept. 16 and Wednesday, Sept. 17. We offer our suggested contenders for specific races during these two days, including the featured Buckette and trio of Jugette elims on Wednesday. Our coverage of the Jug will be in our...

Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes Frank Cotolo |

 We start the review this week with a preview for a stakes race Sept. 15, at Harrington Raceway. The $220,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Final is the highlight of the Monday program and features some of the top older pacing males, including Foiled Again, Clear Vision, Bettor’s Edge, Heston Blue...

Steadfast Steeds Star In Stakes Frank Cotolo |

September’s stay in Canada ensues as Mohawk stays the center of attraction with the sport’s top events of the week. Frosh trotters of both sexes, many stars of the season, including glamour-boy-and-girl trotters from the Hambletonian Trail, are the focus of the Saturday, Sept. 13 program....

TwinSpires.com presents PredictionMachine.com's College Football Game of the Week Ed DeRosa |

PredictionMachine.com's College Football picks have been very strong since launch as seen by the follow results from 2010-2013 seasons: 31-14 (69% ATS) All-time for against-the-spread Locks of the Week 245-168 (59% O/U) in all highlighted, "normal" or better college football totals...

Racing Stats and "Truisms" Derek Simon |

As one who loves statistics, it drives me nuts to see them abused — which, at the racetrack, is about as common as swearing in a Martin Scorsese film. Handicappers screaming “track bias” after two races, the notion that, despite zero proof, the number one post position is a detriment in the...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon Derek Simon |

Host Derek Simon discusses the retirement of Palace Malice as well as the changing economic conditions of the game. In the I Need to Know segment, Derek talks about racing statistics and “truisms” and how they must be viewed in context to have any meaning. Lastly, in the Racing History segment,...

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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.