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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.

Salvatore Tells Even Money Aldrin To Buzz Off In Saratoga's Third Twinspires.com |

Prepare your best Dr. Evil voice because even money morning line favorite Aldrin sold for at the Keeneland April two-year-old sale after this breeze. Aldrin certainly looked fluent and stylish in that drill, but the :09.80 second time for a furlong was hardly anything all that exceptional over...

Wednesday at Saratoga: A baby race & the A.P. Indy Curse Twinspires.com |

A fascinating statistic will be put to the test in the opening leg of the $27,469 Pick 6 on Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course where 8-to-5 morning line favorite Girlabouttown will try to end the “A.P. Indy curse” by becoming the first progeny of her now-pensioned super sire to win a race at six...

Sunday Saratoga Two-Year-Olds Report Twinspires.com |

Sunday's card at Saratoga opens with a juvenile race, so let’s jump right in: Race 1, 5 ½ furlongs on dirt for New York-breds Before we discuss our betting strategy, let's take a closer look at each horse in the field. 1. G R's Giant: This Frost Giant debuter breaks from the rail and attracts...

Saturday Two-Year-Olds At Saratoga Twinspires.com |

Like Friday’s opening day card, there is a trio of two-year-old races on Saturday—a graded stakes plus two maiden special weight races, and it is the latter pair that has our focus today. Race 1: 8 ½ furlongs on turf #1 Henry Jones: This is a son of low-profile sire Temple City, who was a Turf...

Del Mar Opening Day Late Pick 4 (Beat the Caveman) Ed DeRosa |

by Ed DeRosa Del Mar Thoroughbred Club opens today and with it TwinSpires.com’s $42,000 Beat the Caveman Challenge. Our caveman will play the late Pick 4 at either Del Mar or Saratoga Race Course Wednesday (Saratoga), Thursday (Del Mar), Friday (Del Mar), Saturday (Saratoga), Sunday (Del Mar),...

Two-Year-Old Opportunities Opening Day Saratoga Twinspires.com |

Friday's Opening day card at Saratoga includes a trio of two-year-old races for fillies Race #2: Maiden Special Weight at 5.5 furlongs on the dirt The Todd Pletcher-trained Overspending (8-to-5 morning line favorite) is also eligible after failing to draw into the body of the race. Initially...

Prime Power Strength At Saratoga Ed DeRosa |

Among several reasons why Saratoga Race Course is unique in the North American racing landscape, is that a higher percentage of people play it a higher percentage of days. I.e., playing every day and trying to “beat the meet” is one of the reasons why Saratoga has the highest average daily handle...

Trainer Angles To Watch This Year At Saratoga Twinspires.com |

Saratoga kicks off on Friday and promises 40 days of excellent racing and countless betting opportunities. I'm going to focus this column on important trainer angles that all horseplayers must be aware of as they handicap racing at The Spa. Before I dive into discussing Saratoga trainer angles,...

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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.