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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.

Horses for the course: a look at California's BC Turf Sprint contenders Vance Hanson |

Inaugurated in 2008, the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) has always had the look of a brain-busting handicapping exercise. How do you sift through a gate load of some of the world's fastest horses running a short distance over generally tight turf courses? Thankfully, the process of elimination...

Renown makes a name for himself with Sycamore win Jennifer Caldwell |

Merriebelle Stable LLC’s Renown was making his graded bow in Thursday’s $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (G3) at Keeneland, but that didn’t stop the chestnut gelding from getting up in the final strides to record a nose victory in the rainy day feature. No one was in a hurry early as One Go All Go set the...

Upset pick in Valley View at Keeneland James Scully |

I remember Sweet Talker. By Stormin Fever, who also sired the Grade 1-winning turf filly Check the Label, Sweet Talker notched her biggest victory on Keeneland’s turf when capturing the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) in 2005. The triumph came in the midst of a nine-race stretch where the...

Almanzor, Minding star on Champions Day |

By Dick Powell Champions Day was run last Saturday at Ascot in England and even if the results do not have a lot of Breeders’ Cup implications, they were great to watch. The highlight was race five, the $1.9 million Champion Stakes (G1) run at 1 ¼ miles on turf that attracted a terrific field of...

Pay the Kitten figures tough off the layoff Sunday at Keeneland Vance Hanson |

Sunday's sixth race at Keeneland is a $60,000 maiden special weight on the turf for fillies and mares. With favoritism likely to fall on Lemon Squeeze (#5) off a sharp second-place effort at Woodbine for Mark Casse, Pay the Kitten (#7) figures to be the better value in the nine-furlong test....

Breeders Crown Exposition Of Eliminations Adorns Meadowlands Weekend Frank Cotolo |

All eyes are on the Meadowlands as the 2016 championship series presents a slew of eliminations for The Breeders Crown on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. Entries for the $6.2-million “Crown” miles numbered 174 trotters and pacers dropping into the entry box to qualify for the 12-race finals on Friday, Oct. 28...

Breeders Crown Elims For Mare Pacers And Frosh-Filly Trotters For Profit Frank Cotolo |

The Breeders Crown Countdown will be reaching its conclusion as the finals approach, this week featuring several eliminations of for aged pacing mares and two-year-old trotting fillies. The first elimination for the aged pacing mares attracts Frost Damage Blues, who will likely go off the...

A longshot deserving of attention in Thursday's Sycamore at Keeneland Vance Hanson |

Thursday's $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at Keeneland, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for older horses, attracted a full field of 14 (plus one also-eligible). As one might suspect, it's a rather contentious affair. Trainer Mike Maker arguably has the horses to beat in Greengrassofyoming, who landed the Stars and...



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.