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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.

Wise Dan's Talent In Eye of Beholder Ed DeRosa |

In case you have ever questioned the fickle nature of horse racing fans, witness the reactions this month to the returns of multiple Grade 1 winners Beholder, Princess of Sylmar, and Wise Dan. None had raced since the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in early November, and only two-time Horse of...

Weekend Selections: Derbys, Classics, Stakes, Money Ed DeRosa |

The heavy lifting for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is complete, but there are still plenty of boxes to move around this weekend, including the final Lucky 7s promotion, the final chance to earn a share in our $10,000 Kentucky Derby SHOWdown promotion, a possible Kentucky Derby...

$4,000 for Four Group 1s Concludes Lucky 7s Promotion Twinspires.com |

The rail will be set at 6 meters in an effort to stay off the worst part of the track, and sunny skies the past few days should dry out the track so it won’t be heavy like last week. The Queen of the Turf (G1) is a $1-million race for fillies and mares going a mile. GYPSY DIAMOND had no shot from...

Form, Pedigree, Speed, & Red Flag Analysis of Derby Contenders; Part 2 of 3 Twinspires.com |

While we wait for more two-year-old racing to start, Brisnet.com pedigree handicapper and blogger Doug Salvatore will profile each of the expected Kentucky Derby starters in terms of classic breeding and current form/speed. The second installment looks at the top contenders ranked eighth through...

Form, Pedigree, Speed, & Red Flag Analysis of Derby Contenders; Part 1 of 3 Twinspires.com |

While we wait for more two-year-old racing to start, Brisnet.com pedigree handicapper and blogger Doug Salvatore will profile each of the expected Kentucky Derby starters in terms of classic breeding and current form/speed. The first installment looks at the top seven contenders as ranked by the...

Cheese Stakes and Weird Allowances: Betting Against Three-Year Old Debut Class Droppers Ed DeRosa |

A potent handicapping angle has emerged on the Triple Crown trail in recent years: (Eventually) betting against horses who return in spots seemingly beneath their class. This doesn’t always work in a horse’s first start back because they often tower over their lesser rivals, but it’s worth...

Keeneland Sunday Pedigree Play From Brisnet.com & Doug Salvatore Twinspires.com |

Sunday's ninth race at Keeneland is a very exciting third-level allowance race for fillies and mares going a mile on the turf. The most intriguing horse in the race is the French invader Filimbi. In her most recent start, Filimbi nicely captured a Listed Stakes race at Chantilly over heavy ground...

All-maiden Pick 3 Wagering Strategy Saturday at Keeneland Twinspires.com |

Saturday's Blue Grass card at Keeneland features numerous Graded Stakes races, however, we'll shift our focus to a trio of treacherous Maiden Special Weight events starting with race four. Race 4: A wide-open field of 11 three-year-old fillies going two-turns over Polytrack in this contest. The...

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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.