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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.

Stellar Wind wins impressively; speed strong on Del Mar main track John Mucciolo |

A single graded race headlined the weekend at Del Mar Race Course. Torrey Pines S. (G3): Hronis Racing’s STELLAR WIND (Curlin) took the lead approaching the turn for home and cruised home a facile 4 ¼-length winner under the guidance of Victor Espinoza. The standout sophomore filly endured one...

Three quick thoughts on Gleneagles and the BC Classic Kellie Reilly |

Just three quick (or if you prefer, knee-jerk) reactions to the news about Europe's star three-year-old miler, Gleneagles, now setting his sights on the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland: An American Pharoah subtext? Let's consider this from the Coolmore chess-pieces angle: the global...

Texas racing shut down Twinspires.com |

With lawmakers failing to fund the Texas Racing Commission, racetracks in the state are effectively shut down for the time being. The new fiscal year in Texas began Tuesday, September 1. As a result of the lack of funding, the Texas Racing Commission was forced to immediately stop operations and...

Churchill Downs to have $18 million in upgrades for 2016 Kentucky Derby Twinspires.com |

Churchill Downs has announced an extensive $18 million capital project to modernize the Turf Club and several other premium areas. A new and enlarged Stakes Room on the fourth floor of the Clubhouse will combine the current Stakes Room, Aristides Room, Directors' Room and Turf Club Lounge into a...

Free Money Alert! Some Horses To Use in Pick 5 Carryovers at Finger Lakes and Fort Erie Ed DeRosa |

Tuesday has always been a good day to play the races on TwinSpires.com: 20x points promos at Fort Erie, Indiana Grand, and (for our harness players) Hoosier Park. But the stakes get raised today (September 1), as a pair of Pick 5 carryovers at Finger Lakes ($3,684) and Fort Erie ($12,320) sweeten...

Gleneagles aims for BC Classic, potential clash with American Pharoah Vance Hanson |

The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) has the potential to be even more epic as trainer Aidan O'Brien announced Tuesday that his top miler Gleneagles will be pointed for the 1 1/4-mile test at Keeneland on October 31. "Given suitable ground, Gleneagles will run in the Irish Champion Stakes (G1...

Probables for Saratoga's Labor Day weekend: Liam's Map, Rachel's Valentina & more Kellie Reilly |

The fields are coming into focus for Saratoga's seven graded stakes over Labor Day weekend, the concluding days of the Spa's meet. Saturday's $600,000 Woodward (G1) will likely feature the speedy Liam's Map, last seen being caught by Honor Code at the wire in the August 8 Whitney (G1) over this...

McLaughlin Says Lezcano Ride May Have Cost Frosted a Travers Win Twinspires.com |

by LAURA PUGH Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said that jockey Jose Lezcano did not ride Frosted to his instructions in the Travers Stakes on Saturday, August 29, at Saratoga Race Course, and that the miscue cost the horse a chance to win. “The instructions were to sit third to fifth, but when nobody...

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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.