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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.

Giving Songbird a 90% chance to win the Las Virgenes as Prep for Kentucky Oaks Ed DeRosa |

There are no sure things in horse racing, but Songbird is as likely a winner as I’ve seen in a long time. Her morning line odds of 1-to-5 to win the Las Virgenes Stakes on Saturday, February 6, at Santa Anita Park, mean she would have to win this race 83.4% of the time to break even at that price...

The Dispatch Box: Charming Kitten to join Weld for tilts at Royal Ascot, Melbourne Cup Kellie Reilly |

In my recap of the January 23 H. Allen Jerkens at Gulfstream Park, I floated the idea of whether Ken Ramsey would send Charming Kitten off on international travels. Yes indeed, the Kitten’s Joy homebred is scheduled to ship to Irish maestro Dermot Weld in early March, according to a Racing Post...

'Power' among several that can rebound in Saturday stakes Vance Hanson |

Saturday is a blockbuster day of racing at both Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita, and because of it I figure to be more active betting than at any time so far this year. As usual, there are a number of heavy stakes favorites I have no plans on opposing (i.e. Songbird, Lady Shipman, The Pizza Man,...

Mohaymen & Sunday Rules make a statement & a shout out to the Matties brothers Twinspires.com |

BY DICK POWELL Lots of great racing across the country last weekend. With no NFL action on tap, simulcast facilities and racetracks did brisk business. The unpleasant weather from the previous weekend was just a bad memory as warm temperatures did its job melting it away.  Out in California...

2016 Kentucky Derby Pedigrees: Mohaymen Kellie Reilly |

As the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail begins to heat up, we’ll spotlight the pedigrees of leading contenders. And in light of his commanding victory in last Saturday’s Holy Bull (G2), our first subject in this series is undefeated Mohaymen. You don’t have to be a pedigree maven to figure out that he’s...

Frosted ices foes in track-record prep for Dubai World Cup Kellie Reilly |

Performing right up to his significant class edge, Frosted demolished Thursday’s Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G2) in track-record time at Meydan, throwing down the gauntlet to his projected Dubai World Cup (G1) rivals – including California Chrome. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and jockey William Buick...

The Pizza Man hopes to double up in Gulfstream Park Turf ‘Cap Jennifer Caldwell |

The Pizza Man will go for his second straight graded victory on Saturday as part of an eight-horse field in the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1). The Gulfstream Park Turf ‘Cap is part of a six-stakes program on Saturday. Two of the those six stakes are on the main track – the $500,000 Donn H...

Exotic Bets And Their Race Legs Offer Big Returns In Features Frank Cotolo |

February greets our second month of personal features as 2016 continues in its early yet plentiful season of harness racing. We will take another shot at the big Miami Valley Pick 4 this coming Saturday, attempting to succeed at what no one has done in the past two weeks—hit it. We came closest...

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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.