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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.

McLaughlin discusses plans for Mohaymen, Lady Shipman & Frosted |

Edited Press Release Shadwell Stable’s undefeated homebred Mohaymen will return to the work tab this week to begin preparations for his next scheduled start in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) on February 27 at Gulfstream Park. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Mohaymen, one of the leading...

Kobe’s Back rallies from last to take Palos Verdes Jennifer Caldwell |

Kobe’s Back has gained a reputation for running in last and used that tactic to score his first victory since last April in Sunday’s $200,000 Palos Verdes S. (G2) at Santa Anita Park. With jockey Gary Stevens aboard, the C R K Stable colorbearer settled into his customary rear-running spot as...

Nyquist skates through final work for San Vicente Kellie Reilly |

Taking to the Santa Anita track about 45 minutes before the Super Bowl Sunday card kicked off, Nyquist turned in a smooth-as-silk five-furlong drill in company. The undefeated champion 2-year-old colt appears primed for his reappearance in the February 15 San Vicente (G2). Trainer Doug O’Neill...

Half Of Miami Valley Pick 4 Produces Two $30 Exactas; 37 Percent Hit The Board Frank Cotolo |

The major accomplishments of the past weekend can be narrowed down to the Miami Valley Pick 4 on Feb. 6. Though we did not hand out the quartet of winners, the first two legs as features on their own—and we always encourage the “Pick” exotic players to take advantage of the pools within the legs of...

Flamboyant-Gaga exacta in San Marcos Kellie Reilly |

David Bienstock and Charles Winner’s Flamboyant scored his second straight graded win at Santa Anita Saturday, following up his January 2 San Gabriel (G2) with another strong finish in the $201,380 San Marcos (G2). There were a couple of differences. Ignored at 46-1 last time, the French import...

Hoppertunity out-bobs Imperative in San Antonio James Scully |

After being out-bobbed in last year’s Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1), Hoppertunity got his nose down at the most opportune time in Saturday’s $500,690 San Antonio (G2), edging Imperative by the slimmest of margins. With Flavien Prat up for the first time, the Bob Baffert-trained winner picked up his...

Marquee Miss nips Nickname in Martha Washington Jennifer Caldwell |

Rags Racing Stable’s Marquee Miss got up to deny 1-2 favorite Nickname by a half-length in Saturday’s $100,000 Martha Washington S. at Oaklawn Park. Nickname captured the Frizette S. (G1) last year and closed out 2015 with a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). That was...

Songbird remains unbeatable in Las Virgenes romp Jennifer Caldwell |

Fox Hill Farms’ Songbird lived up to all expectations in Saturday’s $300,345 Las Virgenes S. (G2) at Santa Anita Park, loping home the easiest of winners after leading throughout the one-mile contest. The Medaglia d’Oro filly took command as soon as the gates opened and was never challenged while...



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.