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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.

Owner hopes to keep rolling with Dortmund James Scully |

The German sports club naming strategy is working well for Kaleem Shah. First up was Bayern, who capped an outstanding three-year-old season with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and is a contender for Horse of the Year. His name is an apparent nod to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, the top...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon Derek Simon |

TwinSpires' Derek Simon discusses track bias, with an assist from "Betting Thoroughbreds" author Steve Davidowitz. In the U. of Bet, Derek tackles the tote board, with an in-depth look at "insider" betting. How can one spot it and is it meaningful? Lastly, in the Handicapping segment,...

eNews - 2 Million Points, Super Secret Santa Bonus, and Unlimited Data! Twinspires.com |

The latest eNews blast is here - and we want you to take down your share of 2 Million Points during the 12 Bets of TwinSpires! All you need to do is cash bets in featured races at 12 different tracks. Santa is coming to town early this Saturday! With the Super Secret Santa 10% Superfecta Bonus...

Overnight Omnipotence Frank Cotolo |

As we approach the end of another year and the equine age upgrades that define next season’s division, we are still swarmed with standardbred action across the board. Deep December offers your TwinSpires account many great opportunities across the continent. You may not be as familiar with the...

Using Speed, Class, & Potter Stewart to Define a Great Performance Ed DeRosa |

To most race fans, a great performance can be hard to define with words, but as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said regarding obscenity, “I know when I see it.” From a personal eye test perspective, Shared Belief winning the Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar was the single most breathtaking...

Derby the goal for Take Charge Brandi James Scully |

Take Charge Brandi did everything asked of her over a six-week span, capping a three-race graded stakes-winning spree with a gutsy score in last Saturday’s Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos, and established herself as the presumptive two-year-old filly champion. She’ll become the 25th horse to earn an...

One man's Eclipse Award ballot (Part I) Vance Hanson |

The 2014 racing season is near complete and so is the Eclipse Award ballot I will be filling out electronically later this month. In the past I've waited until all my selections in the equine categories were decided before I revealed them publicly, but this time around I'm releasing my choices in...

Hong Kong Postscripts Kellie Reilly |

Now that the Hong Kong International Races are in the books, here are a few postscripts: 1. Able Friend is no longer a budding star -- after the Hong Kong Mile, he's officially an international powerhouse. From a potentially dicey spot behind horses near the rear, the brute angled out and...

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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.