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Welcome to the TwinSpires Blog.

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.

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

 We began the weekend on Friday (though there were horses to watch on Thursday, so always look at the H2W list for entries on Thursdays) at Woodbine with two winter series finals. In the Snowshoe Final we raced second to the big favorite and ignited a well-paying exacta. Behind the 9-5...

Lightening Strikes the Rainbow Twice At TwinSpires Ed DeRosa | player William Smith of Maryland hit the Rainbow 6 Jackpot at Gulfstream Park on Friday for $119,599. This is the second time already in 2015 the big prize has been taken down by a TwinSpires player, bringing our players’ Rainbow 6 total prize winnings to more than $475,000 this...

Pletcher flexes $4.195 million in purchases at Gulfstream James Scully |

Todd Pletcher, who picked up a record seventh Eclipse Award for leading trainer last weekend, doesn’t have any starters in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby prep at Gulfstream Park, the $400,000 Holy Bull (G2). But he’ll be represented by a lavish contingent on the undercard, with seven horses costing a...

Gulfstream's all-stakes Pick 5 tough, but hittable Vance Hanson |

Gulfstream Park will be presenting an all-stakes, 50-cent Pick 5 on their quintet of three-year-old features on Saturday, and here's how I'm playing it. Race 7 -- Hutcheson Stakes Barbados (#7) looks to be a strong favorite after an impressive three-length score in the January 3 Spectacular Bid...

Lighting up the toteboard in Forward Gal Jennifer Caldwell |

Saturday’s Forward Gal S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park has come up pretty competitive with 11 sophomore fillies throwing their hat in the ring. In addition to the winner’s share of the $200,000 purse, there are also 10 points up for grabs on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series. This seven-furlong...

Different Strokes for Different Races Derek Simon |

 I often hear from players asking me what factors work best in different races. “Hey Simon,” they say (nobody uses my first name, not sure why). “What do you look for in $16,000 claiming races at Canterbury Park?” To which I respond: “The same thing I look for in $25,000 claiming races...

Coburn Hopes California Chrome's Fairytale Journey Continues As Four-Year-Old |

Nobody would have expected much from a foal out of a mare claimed for $8,000 by an obscure, $2,500 sire. Nobody would expect much from a colt whose knees were a little crooked and whose trainer and owners weren’t among the racing elite. For California Chrome, the public had no expectations. His...

Genuine January Jewels Frank Cotolo |

Once again this week we go after the prices, the contenders that confuse the crowds—and we do it with some winter series finals at Woodbine and the Meadowlands and with selected overnight events—our feature races—and our exclusive, popular horses-to-watch list (H2W). Week in and week out, the...



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.