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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.

Too many solutions bandied for non-existent Preakness problems Vance Hanson |

The biggest surprise on Preakness Day wasn't that Nyquist suffered his first loss nor that it was Exaggerator who handed it to him. By far the most shocking development was the outpouring of fans and money from bettors nationwide on a miserable day weather-wise in Baltimore. Expectations were...

Nyquist has 102 fever, delaying scheduled ship to Belmont Kellie Reilly |

Kentucky Derby (G1) champion Nyquist spiked a 102-degree fever Monday morning, two days after suffering his first career loss in the Preakness (G1). The breaking news was first reported by Daily Racing Form’s David Grening. Plans had called for Nyquist to ship from Pimlico to Belmont on Monday,...

Wiggle’ Wipes Out ‘Battle’ Field; $28 Winner From Northfield; $15 Soph Trotter Tops ‘Trail’ Scores Frank Cotolo |

On various Wednesday nights we tweet for TwinSpires Twitter members from @FrankCotolo –retweeted by @twinspires—and the raceway involved. Losers from each week will appear on the next week’s horses-to-watch (H2W) list unless they race before that blog is published, so watch for them returning to...

Champions Songbird, Stellar Wind work for upcoming June engagements |

Edited Press Release Champions Songbird and Stellar Wind each worked over Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday morning for upcoming stakes engagements at The Great Race Place. Unbeaten and untested Songbird, champion two-year-old filly of 2015, worked four furlongs in :46.40, breezing, in...

Five factors contributing to Nyquist’s loss in Preakness Kellie Reilly |

“I won’t overthink the Preakness – saving that for the Belmont.” So I wrote when making Nyquist my top selection in Saturday’s Preakness (G1). In hindsight, it was Nyquist’s connections who overthought the Preakness. With the luxury of Sunday afternoon quarterbacking, I can identify five factors...

Exaggerator ‘full of energy’ following Preakness victory |

Edited Press Release Trainer Keith Desormeaux reported that Exaggerator was “full of energy” Sunday morning in the aftermath of his rousing 3 1/2-length upset over previously undefeated Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Nyquist in Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. After...

Nyquist continues on Triple Crown trail despite Preakness loss |

Edited Press Release It's on to the Belmont S. (G1) for champion Nyquist, trainer Doug O'Neill said Sunday morning, the day after the Kentucky Derby (G1) winner finished third in the Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico. Though Nyquist no longer is undefeated, to O'Neill and his team, the colt hasn't lost...

Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine, fifth-placer Lani expected for Belmont Stakes |

Edited Press Release A start in the Belmont S. (G1) appears likely for Cherry Wine following his rallying second-place run in Saturday’s Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico, trainer Dale Romans said Sunday morning. A 17-1 shot, Cherry Wine rallied from far back under jockey Corey Lanier and edged past...



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.