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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 start with our biggest success of the weekend, certainly a surprise to us at the price. Pointing to Luck Be Withyou in the Messenger elim at Yonkers on Oct. 18, we expected a decent price but not a longshot. The winner of the elim was Luck Be Withyou ($23, $4.90, $2.40). The Messenger Final is...

BC Value Plays Derek Simon |

I know, I know. Imploring bettors to look for value in the Breeders’ Cup races is kind of like telling one’s teenaged son or daughter to look both ways before crossing the street. Granted, my mom was famous for the latter… but, generally, it is unnecessary past the age of five. Still, seeking...

Big Stakes Menus at Maywood, Woodbine And Yonkers Frank Cotolo |

The first stop this weekend takes place on Friday, Oct. 17, at Maywood in Illinois, where the track’s signature stakes events, led by the Windy City Pace, feature many of the Grand Circuit stars on both gaits, adorn the program. On Friday, also, Woodbine’s fresh harness meet presents two of...

Class and Speed Winning at Keeneland Ed DeRosa |

The fact that the top Class and Speed Ratings are each showing a flat bet profit at the current Keeneland Race Course meeting, and I am not makes me ashamed to be director of marketing for These two ratings, along with Prime Power, are—for my money—the three most powerful pieces of...

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

The best of our action over the weekend was across the board in the Ontario Sires Stakes (ONSS) Super Finals, Saturday, Oct. 11, where we gave you the highest paying of the eight championship winners, Code One Hanover ($55.70, $21.10, $10.20) in the frosh-filly pace. She was also our only...

The History of Drugs In Racing As a Business |

by Doug Salvatore “In the old romances of chivalry, there occurs an episode that has taken infinite forms but always has the same central theme. A wizard comes to the court of the king with the most magnificent mantle ever seen. He announces that he will make a gift of it to the fairest lady of...

American-Nationals Feature Stars On Weekend Bulging With Action Frank Cotolo |

The following weeks are not transitional in the standardbred calendar; they are actually crucial as it draws closer to championship weekend, the Breeders Crown. The stars are out and campaigning all over North America and the American-National finals at Balmoral Park on Oct. 11 could have a lot to...

Remembering Cigar Derek Simon |

November 26, 1994. I was 27 years old, living in a studio apartment, with a lousy job (I can’t remember which one). I had a pounding headache and some Ace of Bass song — pick one, after a while they all sound alike — from the night before going through my head as I cracked open the past...



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.