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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.

Best ‘Jug’-Heat Win Hit At $23, $30 Place; ‘Bucket’ Spills $13 Victor; Chalk Covers Feature Stakes Results Frank Cotolo |

Our history of Little Brown Jug heat-and/or-heat-and-final winners continued on Sept. 22 with our strong choice in elim-heat two, Western Fame ($23.40, $30.60 ok n/s), who beat up on favorite Racing Hill so badly that he did not return for the second heat. We were second in the first elim heat with...

Penn Derby muddies the picture; Songbird continues to romp Twinspires.com |

Story & photos by Teresa Genaro With the Pennsylvania Derby a rematch of the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby – a trio that included one horse who won the Preakness and Haskell, and another who finished third in two Grade 1 races this year – one might reasonably have expected the race...

Deeply Undervalued pays $15.40 in Commonwealth Derby; big ‘Impression’ in Oaks Kellie Reilly |

Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Deeply Undervalued turned out to be the value play in Saturday’s $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G2), for the 6-1 chance toppled a useful field at Laurel Park. It’s tempting to say he lived up to his name, with the “deeply” part perhaps in the eye of the...

Connect shakes up division further with Pennsylvania Derby upset Vance Hanson |

Connect parlayed a ground-saving trip into a 10-1 upset of Saturday's $1,250,000 Pennsylvania Derby (G2) at Parx, fending off the wide-rallying Gun Runner by nearly a length and divisional stalwarts Nyquist and Exaggerator by larger margins. Under Javier Castellano, Connect completed nine furlongs...

Songbird now a perfect 11 following Cotillion victory Jennifer Caldwell |

Rick Porter was on hand Saturday at Parx Racing to see his star filly Songbird romp home the easiest of winners in the Cotillion Stakes (G1) under jockey Mike Smith. With weeks of anticipation leading up to this one moment, the champion stalked pacesetter Carina Mia until nearing the turn before...

Noholdingback Bear pounces in Gallant Bob James Scully |

Noholdingback Bear tracked the pace in third to the head of the stretch and finished best of all in Saturday’s $300,000 Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing, drawing off to a 1 1/4-length decision in the 6-furlong test for 3-year-olds. Trained by Michael De Paulo, the Woodbine-based colt registered his...

Lady Aurelia run down by O’Brien duo Brave Anna, Roly Poly at Newmarket Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s Cheveley Park (G1) was a referendum on Lady Aurelia: would the Wesley Ward star see out the demanding six furlongs at Newmarket, or would the combination of course and distance prove too much for the speedball? Lady Aurelia was the principal voter in this election, and she cast her...

Texas Chrome the one to beat in Oklahoma Derby James Scully |

Texas Chrome brings positive momentum into the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park, registering his first graded stakes tally in the September 10 Super Derby (G3) at Louisiana Downs, and the Texas-bred will try to stretch his win streak to three when he lines up against 10 sophomore...

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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.