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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.

Who Is the Most Likely Kentucky Derby Starter? Carpe Diem |

by LAURA PUGH Through the twists & turns of the Road to the Kentucky Derby, many changes have occurred to the prospective Kentucky Derby field: Breeders Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red has defected due to injury, and also, dropping from the original top twenty are Metaboss (ranked 16th),...

Meydan doesn't disappoint |

by John Mucciolo Is this heaven? No, it’s Meydan. I have been to most of the major race tracks in the U. S., with trips to nearly all of the ovals in Kentucky, New York, Florida and the Golden State, but my first visit to Meydan in Dubai in advance of the 20th World Cup left quite an impression on...

Fierce Battles To Continue With Pacing Series; Four-Year-Olds Meet In Finals Frank Cotolo |

We’re still trying to settle into spring on the east coast but the condition is inevitable, as are some of the upsets available in the features this week.  The George Morton Levy Memorial and Blue Chip Matchmaker, continue this Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at Yonkers. The Free...

Anticipation runs high as major preps begin James Scully |

The final round of major preps kicks off this Saturday with the Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby and U.A.E. Derby, and there are a number of interesting storylines to follow. Upstart turned in one of the year’s best performances when capturing the January 24 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park by 5 ½...

Dubai: Good news/bad news Monday Kellie Reilly |

Here are a few thoughts on Monday's developments from the trackwork notes, final declarations, and post position draws for the U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2), Godolphin Mile (UAE-G2) and Dubai Gold Cup (UAE-G2). (Posts for the five Thoroughbred Group 1s will be drawn Wednesday.) The most eye-catching news...

Firing Line routs Sunland Derby in track-record time Kellie Reilly |

After suffering two heartbreaking losses at the hands of unbeaten Dortmund, Firing Line found an easier spot away from his nemesis in Sunday's $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3). The path of least resistance became a confidence booster for Arnold Zetcher's talented colt, who dusted his overmatched foes by...

Cal-Expo $32 Winner Tops Weekend Harness Scores Frank Cotolo |

The weekend of March 13, which resulted in huge winners, including the season’s first three-digit win price, a few two-digit winners and the $500-plus Daily Double at Northville, wasn’t over until after we posted our review blog. There were still races to watch on Sunday night, after we posted...

Don’t Leave Me should leave Oaks alone Jennifer Caldwell |

Only two of the top four from Saturday’s Bourbonette Oaks (G3) are actually nominated to the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs, and I really can’t see the other two getting a late nomination to the race. Don’t Leave Me (Lemon Drop Kid) ran a great race to win by three parts of a length...



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.