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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.

5 Ways to Improve Your Game Derek Simon |

While perusing the Internet looking for inspirational quotes from Justin Bieber the other day, I couldn’t help but notice some of the whacky wagers being offered on Sunday’s Super Bowl. For example, pro football punters can bet on the duration of the National Anthem (over/under two minutes and one...

Breeders' Cup Winners Return: What Can We Learn? Ed DeRosa |

The winners of both main track Breeders’ Cup races for two-year-olds make their three-year-old debuts this weekend, but it is actually the fourth-place finisher in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile that is the most likely winner of the trio. Certainly, both Juvenile Fillies winner Take Charge Brandi and...

Free Handicap Needs More Experimentation Twinspires.com |

The Jockey Club released its 2014 Experimental Free Handicap on Thursday. Essentially, it’s four racing secretaries (P.J. Campo, Ben Huffman, Martin Panza, and Thomas Robbins) who compile weights for a mythical race for two-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles with the weights serving as a way to express...

Let BRIS Broodmare Produce Report #255 help with your pedigree research Twinspires.com |

Brisnet.com offers many helpful pedigree products, and the one we'd like to highlight today is #255 -- the Broodmare Produce Report that lists all progeny with start-by-start records. Simply enter the mare and a beginning activity date. This tool is especially useful because of the degree of...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon Derek Simon |

TwinSpires' Derek Simon discusses all the latest happenings in the Sport of Kings, including the anticipated showdown between California Chrome and Shared Belief in the San Antonio Stakes. In the U. of Bet / Football segment, Derek opines on the various Super Bowl prop wagers and how horse...

San Antonio Showdown between California Chrome and Shared Belief would be historic Ed DeRosa |

Regardless if you want to call the pending matchup between Horse of the Year California Chrome and champion Shared Belief a rematch—as America’s Best Racing is branding it—or a mulligan—as Brisnet.com’s Vance Hanson suggests in the video below—such a matchup is undeniably history. The last time...

Deep-Freeze Features Frank Cotolo |

This weekend, as an historic blizzard fades into the Atlantic and tracks open again for racing, we focus on a few events you can approach. We’ll do our best offering outside contenders that should pump up the prices—explaining them in our traditional “look-beyond-the-toteboard” process. We...

Scully’s Derby Top 10 James Scully |

Upstart (Upstart) improved his status while leaving the competition in his wake, romping to a 5 ½-length victory in Saturday’s Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park. He moved to #3 in my top 10 list and I’m glad to have some future action on him at 53-1 -- based upon his potential for value, I rated...

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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.