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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.

How to bet the Ohio Derby: both the card and the race Saturday, June 25, at Jack Thistledown Ed DeRosa |

After welcoming home the world champion Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this week, Northeast Ohio welcomes another set of elite athletes on Saturday, June 25, when Jack Thistledown plays host to the $500,000 Ohio Derby, which is the co-richest race of the weekend (along with the Santa Anita Gold Cup)....

Possible upcoming races revealed for Brody’s Cause, Cherry Wine & Suddenbreakingnews |

Edited Press Release Trainers Dale Romans and Donnie Von Hemel are beginning to make plans for their Triple Crown contenders’ mid-summer campaigns. Romans, who saddled Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine to respective sixth- and seventh-place finishes in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (G1), said that both...

Swipe entered Sunday at Belmont; Exaggerator galloping |

Edited Press Release Keith Desormeaux's multiple Grade 1-placed trainee Swipe will take on older horses in Sunday's 8TH race at Belmont Park as he gears up for a summer campaign in New York, returning from a two-month layoff in a six-furlong allowance for three-year-olds and up. Swipe, overseen...

Mohaymen returns to worktab with three-furlong breeze |

Edited Press Release Shadwell Stable's multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen returned to the worktab Thursday morning with a three-furlong breeze at the Greentree Training Facility adjacent to Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the three-year-old Tapit colt was caught in :36.40 over...

Popular gelding Page McKenney sidelined indefinitely |

Edited Press Release Grade 3-winning millionaire Page McKenney remains with trainer Mary Eppler as he continues recovering from a filling in a tendon that cost him a planned start in the Pimlico Special (G3) on May 20. Eppler, based at Pimlico Race Course, said a recent ultrasound done on the six...

Watch Out for Unimpeachable; Tales of a Pacer Owner |

By Dick Powell Last year in this space I confessed to losing my mind when I bought 50% of a Standardbred pacing filly. I have been in the racing game for a long time and this was my first venture into any sort of ownership of any horse, let alone a pacer.  The reason I did so was the respect...

Hoppertunity, Melatonin square off in Gold Cup at Santa Anita; Kobe’s Back tops Triple Bend James Scully |

Making his first start since a rallying third to California Chrome on late March, Hoppertunity has been installed as a slight 3-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1). His main rival, Big ‘Cap (G1) winner Melatonin, is the 7-2 second choice in the 1 ¼-mile...

Sophomores And Senior Superstar Pacers Battle For Berths On Pocono Program Frank Cotolo |

No one in North America needs a weatherman to predict the steaming summer weather blanketing both coasts this time of year, but everyone needs a courageous forecaster that can offer ways to be cool and possibly benefit from it. When it comes to wagering on harness racing, the TwinSpires harness...



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.