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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.

Breeders' Cup 2016 News & Notes |

Breeders’ Cup 2016 is upon us and the hopefuls are putting in their final preparations for the two-day extravaganza at Santa Anita Park on November 4-5. has all you need to enjoy the action including works, analysis, news, photos and more! already has Ultimate PPs...

Eight Breeders Crown Finals Adorn The Meadowlands Championship Program Frank Cotolo |

The 2016 championship series is here, the best of the best having earned their way into berths for the Breeders Crown titles in all divisions. We’ll be at The Meadowlands for the Saturday, Oct. 29 finals, which we will cover in this blog (on site we will tweet updates, scratches, insider news and...

Aged Breeders Crown Contenders Combat In Friday Meadowlands Card Frank Cotolo |

The first round of Breeders Crown finals are set to go on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Meadowlands, which includes the $250,000 Mare Trot, $421,000 Open Pace, $250,000 Mare Pace, and the $500,000 Open Trot. B R E E D E R S  C R O W N  F I N A L Mare Trot ($250,000) Leading the...

BC Internationals: F&M Turf/Mile contender Kitcat Kellie Reilly |

Chilean star Kitcat has the best chance of the South American “Win and You’re In” brigade to make an impact in her Breeders’ Cup race – although that’s relative, more of a negative statement about Corona del Inca and Ryans Charm than a ringing endorsement. But Kitcat is a potent closer who travels...

Well-matched field assembled for closing-day Fayette at Keeneland Jennifer Caldwell |

Noble Bird headlines a well-matched cast of eight runners entered in Keeneland’s $200,000 Fayette Stakes (G2) on Saturday, closing day for the Lexington, Kentucky, track. Mr. Z, Iron Fist and Divining Rod are also entered in the 1 1/8-mile affair, which could see any one of the eight end up in the...

BC Internationals: Filly & Mare Turf contender Ryans Charm Kellie Reilly |

A Kentucky-bred sold for a mere $6,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, Ryans Charm has vaulted to stardom in her adopted homeland of Peru. The Cinderella story isn’t likely to culminate in Breeders’ Cup success, though. The Peruvian racing scene doesn’t feature the same degree of talent as the...

BC Internationals: Distaff contender Corona del Inca Kellie Reilly |

Corona del Inca looks up against it in an epic renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) against unbeaten champion Songbird, dual Breeders’ Cup heroine Beholder, and another true champion in the stronger-than-ever Stellar Wind. At least one, possibly two, future Hall of Famers are on that list. In...

Turf Sprint spot perhaps a blessing in disguise for Obviously Vance Hanson |

A few thoughts following the release of this year's Breeders' Cup pre-entries: *The connections of Obviously perhaps weren't too pleased with the fact their veteran turf star was not among those selected to be in the Mile (G1), and he is so far down the list of "also eligibles" that it's hard to...



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.