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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.

Favorites Maul Mohawk; Hit With Habitat While Hot To Trot Frank Cotolo |

The Breeders Crown Countdown (BCC) blog had a single winner. It came in a division of the Casual Breeze at Mohawk on Friday, Aug. 28. Elegant Severity ($4.90, $3.20, $2.60) teamed with Lilu Hanover ($4.10, $3.20) for a $37.30 exacta. In the other division, the favorite beat our choice, Lock Down...

Keen Ice catches American Pharoah in Travers stunner James Scully |

Keen Ice left a massive Saratogs crowd stunned with his late-running theatrics in Saturday’s $1.6 million Travers Stakes, overhauling Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in deep stretch to post a 16-1 upset. With only a maiden victory to his credit, Keen Ice proved no match for American Pharoah...

Tonight is about Keen Ice |

by Laura Pugh The beginning of the Travers was all about American Pharoah, but it ended up being all about Keen Ice…..or at least it should have. Keen Ice, late maturing son of Curlin, finally put everything together in tonight’s Travers Stakes, earning his first grade one win. He had been...

Post-race interview w/ Travers winner Keen Ice's jockey Javier Castellano |

Post-race interview with Travers winning jockey Javier Castellano KEEN ICE   JAVIER CASTELLANO THE MODERATOR:  Ladies and gentlemen, we're pleased now to be joined by Travers winning jockey Javier Castellano.  It was his fifth Travers victory.  Congratulations, Javier....

Post-race interview w/ Travers winner Keen Ice's trainer Dale Romans |

TRAVERS (G1) WINNING TRAINER QUOTES Dale Romans, winning trainer of Keen Ice (No. 7) "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. The race set up good for him, but we didn't lag. We weren't worried about running second. We put him in the race closer than he's been in his career. "This horse...

Post-race interview w/ Travers winner Keen Ice's owner Jerry Crawford |

Post-race interview with Travers winner Keen Ice's owner Jerry Crawford of Donegal Racing:   KEEN ICE   JERRY CRAWFORD   THE MODERATOR:  Now we're joined by Jerry Crawford of Donegal Racing, the Travers winner Keen Ice, and the rest of the connections, I'm sure, will be...

Post-race interview w/ American Pharoah's connections |

Post-race interview with the connections of  AMERICAN PHAROAH   AHMED ZAYAT BOB BAFFERT VICTOR ESPINOZA JUSTIN ZAYAT THE MODERATOR:  I really appreciate the connections of American Pharaoh joining us. Bob, I'd like to start with you.  If you could take us through the...

Dacita makes winning U.S. debut in Ballston Spa: the next turf star for Chad Brown? Kellie Reilly |

Saturday's $400,000 Ballston Spa (G2) at Saratoga wasn't one of the days four "Win and You're In" races for the Breeders' Cup, but it could end up having a bearing on the Filly & Mare Turf (G1) picture. Chilean champion Dacita, anchored near the rear for much of the way, suddenly caught fire...



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.