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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.

Delta Jackpot Pick 4 James Scully |

­Saturday’s $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, a 1 1/16-mile race for two-year-olds, is part of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series and anchors a $200,000 guaranteed Delta Downs Jackpot Pick 4. players can take advantage of “Hit and Split It’ promotion in which 2 million TwinSpires....

Playing against the favorites in the Delta Jackpot Ed DeRosa |

Delta Jackpot Stakes (11/21/14) The Pace Figures will tell you if a horse is likely to improve or regress in its next start. Pace Figures are not just a single speed number, but rather a series of numbers that are incredibly powerful in identifying the...

Growing Your Bankroll Derek Simon |

Ask the average handicapper to detail his/her greatest weaknesses and “betting” typically makes the list. Granted, it’s not always justified. Players often make excuses for their mediocre handicapping skills — “I shoulda played the six-horse” is not a betting mistake — but there is no question that...

Upstart has established himself as a heavyweight Kentucky Derby contender James Scully |

UPSTART Flatter—Party Silks, by Touch Gold Owner Ralph M. Evans Breeder Mrs. Gerald A. Nielsen Trainer Richard Violette Jr. Best...

This One Handicapping Angle Beat the Meet Last Year at Fair Grounds Ed DeRosa |

Betting the best last-out Speed Rating to win every race at Fair Grounds last year (i.e. the 2013-2014 meeting) resulted in a flat bet profit of 2%. Turf, dirt, sprints, maidens… no matter the race the only piece of information you needed to “beat the meet” was the best last-out Speed...

Bring On The Breeders Crown Finals, 2014 Frank Cotolo |

The Breeders Crown finals, this year at the Meadowlands, are being held over two nights, Nov. 21 and Nov. 22. Here’s the exclusive coverage from TwinSpires’ harness department, the consummate on-line harness-racing advisory center for ADWs, featuring coverage of all the races on line and live from...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon Derek Simon |

In the News & Notes segment, host Derek Simon speculates about California Chrome’s turf debut, analyzing both his pedigree and previous pace figures. He also opines on jockey injuries — how can we prevent them? In the U. Of Bet segment, Derek discusses money management and bankroll...

Early thoughts on the Delta Downs Jackpot Vance Hanson |

Saturday’s $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot is one of the most lucrative juvenile events on the American racing calendar, and its stature has noticeably risen in the past decade. Among its past winners were Big Drama (2008), who went on to be champion male sprinter in 2010, and Goldencents (2012),...



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.