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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.

Dubai Carnival beads: Championship, Really Special perform up to their names Kellie Reilly |

Do names correspond to an abstract reality? Or are they just handy labels? Last Thursday’s Dubai Carnival action won’t solve the age-old philosophical argument between realists and nominalists, but it did showcase two horses who ran up to their lofty names. Championship, in the form of his life...

Favorites Feast On Features, Defeating Hot Choices; $9.80 Tweet Win Launches Dover Pick 3 Frank Cotolo |

We were very strong on a Dover Pick 3 on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Our Tweet alarm was posted with three horses aimed at hitting the $2.00 ticket cold. It was a good start, as we nailed Marion Mentor ($9.80, $5.00, $4.00) in the first leg. We had a bad start in the second leg as our choice,...

California Chrome honored as 2016 Horse of the Year Jennifer Caldwell |

California Chrome and assistant trainer Alan Sherman (c) Cecilia Gustavsson/ California Chrome ruled the night at the 2016 Eclipse Award ceremony at Gulfstream Park on Saturday evening. The talented and popular chestnut was honored as both the Horse of the Year and champion older...

California Chrome, Arrogate post dueling works for Pegasus Kellie Reilly |

Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) one-two Arrogate and California Chrome, who will cross swords again in next Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup (G1), got their duel going a little early. At opposite ends of the country on Saturday, they posted their final serious works for the $12 million rematch, and each...

Guest Suite, Hawaakom among $10 win bets at Fair Grounds James Scully |

Saturday’s $200,000 Lecomte (G3), the first of three Kentucky Derby qualifying races at Fair Grounds, highlights a 12-race card that includes six stakes and is offering players 20X Points Winsurance at the New Orleans track. By making $10 or more in Win bets on any race at Fair...

Pegasus World Cup scouting report: Argentine import Eragon Kellie Reilly |

Multiple Argentinean Group 1 winner Eragon puts the “world” in the January 28 Pegasus World Cup (G1), as the recent import is the only candidate to bring international intrigue into the $12 million bonanza. Intrigue is probably the best Eragon can hope to provide, however. Between a less-than-...

New York racing being dealt a body blow |

by Dick Powell New York racing is taking some body blows and you never know which one will turn out to be a knockout punch. Finger Lakes Race Track has always been an important part of the New York breeding program and their racing has produced trainers like Charlton Baker, Chris and Jeremiah...

Prospecting For Profits In Features From Four Tracks; Outsider Exotic Contenders Looking Good Frank Cotolo |

North America harness racing grinds through the new year with dozens of pari-mutuels opportunities for TwinSpires players. Our third preview blog of 2017 offers more personal harness-race features from at tracks carried by TwinSpires. Aimed at profiting on the horses most handicapping sources do...



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.