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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.

Found wheels back to face Postponed in Coronation Cup Kellie Reilly |

Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) heroine Found was slated to have a busy spring, and summer break, in advance of a fall centering upon the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1). The first half of her campaign just got busier with an added stop in Saturday’s Coronation Cup (G1) at Epsom, where she’ll have to up her...

Prat shines on Illuminant in Gamely Kellie Reilly |

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Illuminant parlayed a perfect stalking trip into a landmark victory in the $300,000 Gamely (G1), Santa Anita’s Memorial Day feature. With an assist from jockey Flavien Prat, she earned a new career high for herself and for trainer Michael McCarthy. McCarthy had...

Will anyone beat Minding in the Epsom Oaks? Kellie Reilly |

With the setback to undefeated Musidora (G3) winner So Mi Dar, Friday’s Oaks (G1) lost its most riveting story line: her clash with Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant Minding. Now the Epsom classic appears at Minding’s mercy, at least according to the market. It’s easy to see why. The daughter of Galileo...

Cyrus Alexander prevails on class drop in Lone Star Park 'Cap Vance Hanson |

Unplaced in four prior stakes attempts in Southern California, Cyrus Alexander found the switch to Texas agreeable on Memorial Day with a 2 1/2-length victory in the $200,000 Lone Star Park H. (G3). With Martin Garcia in the irons, Cyrus Alexander rated in third as Supermason sped through an...

Your form guide to the 2016 Epsom Derby Kellie Reilly |

As of Monday, 18 sophomores are eligible for Saturday’s Derby (G1) at Epsom, including a grand total of seven from trainer Aidan O’Brien. That Ballydoyle septet is expected to be whittled down by Thursday’s final declaration stage, with the French Derby (G1) looming as an alternative on Sunday....

McLaughlin provides updates, plans for stable stars Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Returning to Belmont Park after visiting his stables at the Greentree Training Center in Saratoga over the weekend, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin discussed his group of possible starters set for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.   Multiple graded stakes winner Frosted,...

Exaggerator tests Belmont track; Swipe back from throat surgery Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Leading Belmont S. (G1) contender Exaggerator got a feel for Belmont Park's main track on a rainy Monday morning, the Preakness (G1) winner's first excursion over the surface since his arrival from Pimlico Sunday afternoon. Overseen at Belmont Park by Keith Desormeaux'...

Creator works for Belmont, Irad Ortiz to ride Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Arkansas Derby (G1) winner Creator, who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby (G1), breezed five furlongs in 1:02 Monday over a fast main track at Churchill Downs in preparation for his next start in the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 11. Working in company with...

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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.