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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.

2016 Kentucky Derby Workout Videos |

Want all of your 2016 Kentucky Derby workout videos in one place? Well, has you covered! Keep checking back as we add more videos from Churchill Downs of Kentucky Derby contenders working out under the famed Twin Spires! Nyquist Tom's Ready Suddenbreakingnews Shagaf...

2016 Kentucky Derby Pedigrees: Whitmore Kellie Reilly |

Whitmore is the product of two different types: sire Pleasantly Perfect was a true classic horse on the racetrack, while dam Melody’s Spirit features a concentration of speed. Representing the sire line of unbeaten Italian legend *Ribot, Pleasantly Perfect is by 1981 Kentucky Derby (G1) and...

2016 Kentucky Derby Pedigrees: Tom's Ready Kellie Reilly |

Tom’s Ready had been beaten consistently by fellow GMB Racing colorbearer Mo Tom until the Louisiana Derby (G2). By finishing a clear second that day, with the badly hampered Mo Tom back in fourth, Tom’s Ready assured himself a spot in the Kentucky Derby (G1) field. Both his sire (More Than Ready...

Team Pharoah to receive Preakness Special Award of Merit |

The Maryland Jockey Club announced Friday they will honor Zayat Stables, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza - the connections of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah - with the Preakness Special Award of Merit Thursday, May 19 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course. On his...

Olorda leads all the way in Bewitch Vance Hanson |

The German-bred filly Olorda failed to hit the board in her first three starts in the U.S. last season, but is starting to make up for it this term. On Friday, closing day of the Keeneland Spring Meet, Olorda turned in her second consecutive gate-to-wire victory in taking the $150,000 Bewitch (G3)...

Favorite looks tough but Herald the Dawn an each-way value in 2000 Guineas Vance Hanson |

The vagaries of the 2016 calendar mean that the first British and American classics of the year will not be run on the same date. While the Kentucky Derby (G1) will still be the main topic of conversation, it's also welcome to have Saturday's 2000 Guineas (G1) at Newmarket less an afterthought than...

Land Over Sea, five others tune up for Kentucky Oaks |

Edited press releases Kentucky Oaks (G1) hopeful Land Over Sea worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 over a fast track at Keeneland around 8:45 a.m. (EDT) on Friday. Clockers caught her in fractions of :12.80, :24.40, :36.80, 1:01.80 and out in 1:16. "She was really stretching out, looked great," O'...

Pletcher duo lead baker's dozen of Derby workers at Churchill |

Edited press release For those wanting to get a line on contenders for this year's Kentucky Derby (G1) plus enjoy a mild, sun-splashed Kentucky morning, Churchill Downs was the place Friday as 13 horses under consideration for the $2 million Kentucky Derby worked over a fast track Todd...



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.