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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.

Travers News & Notes |

A full field of 14 was drawn for the 147th running of the Travers Stakes (G1) on Saturday at Saratoga, and the star-studded group includes Preakness Stakes (G1) and Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) winner Exaggerator and Belmont Stakes (G1) victor Creator. The “Mid-Summer Derby” tops a stellar...

A tribute to Shared Belief |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO Thoroughbred racing has been fortunate of late to have several extremely talented and well-accomplished runners. On Friday afternoon, Del Mar remembers the career of the one of the most gifted this decade with the running of the $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes at one mile over the...

Monaco could be Pletcher’s next big one John Mucciolo |

Tough to dub a horse a ‘star’ before he or she ever steps foot on the racetrack, but I have a hunch we will see a fine performance from a Todd Pletcher first-time starter in Saturday’s opener. In what appears to be a loaded maiden field, MONACO will make his much-anticipated debut on Travers Day...

Out Cap Da Shap Daily Pick 4 tickets |

Scott Shapiro's Late Pick 4 Tickets at Del Mar All tickets will be placed for the base value of 50 cents and will be posted after early scratches THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 After hitting the Pick 4 yesterday, there is $2,000 on the line on Thursday in the “Out Cap Da Shap” contest. Another challenging...

Litfin: How to Bet the Travers |

by DAVE LITFIN Those who make it through five races of Saturday's all-Grade 1 $250,000 pick six or the first three of the $1 million pick four at Saratoga must still come up with the Travers winner to collect. Even with Flintshire, whose picture should be on a U.S. Treasury note based on the...

Powell looks for Creator to rebound in Travers |

by DICK POWELL This Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, one of the best racecards ever assembled at the historic venue will be run. From top to bottom, the races are deep and talented and they provide both quality and quantity for the horseplayer to find something on the menu to bet on. Last year,...

Genaro previews Travers Day |

by TERESA GENARO There was no way this year’s  Travers (G1) would get the buzz that last year’s did, when American Pharoah descended on Saratoga Springs like a visiting head of state and was treated accordingly. No Triple Crown winner this year, no Kentucky Derby (G1) winner, and no three-...

Why is everyone picking against Exaggerator to win the Travers Stakes? Ed DeRosa |

Here is the list of three-year-old males who have won three Grade 1 races this year: 1.       Exaggerator Not much of a list. Here is a list of Grade 1 winners in this year’s Travers Stakes (click link for FREE Past Performances; for all Travers Stakes...



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.