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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 World Cup field stories Kellie Reilly |

Awaiting Wednesday’s post position draws for the Dubai World Cup (G1) and the other Group 1 events, we’re still in homework mode preparing for the handicapping/selections blogs to come later this week. But the field stories over on Brisnet.com, our news channel so to speak, can provide an...

E X C L U S I V E : Pompano Pick 6 Spot Plays Frank Cotolo |

Tuesday, March 21, Pompano Park's harness program includes of Pick 6 at track-record proportions, with a carry-over in excess of $16,000 going into Race 3. The Pick 6 includes Races 3 through Races 8. What follows are some suggested contenders, in our own TwinSpires harness choice style  for...

How to bet the $11,485 Pick 5 carryover at Turf Paradise Ed DeRosa |

How you bet the Pick 5 today at Turf Paradise where there is a $11,485 carryover depends largely on what you make of the first-time starters in the 5th, 6th, and 8th races (the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th legs, respectively). Yes, three of the five races in this sequence are for maidens, and two of those...

Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report March 21: Malagacy receives disappointing 95 for Rebel James Scully |

Malagacy remained unbeaten making his first two-turn start in the Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park, edging away to a two-length decision, and stamped his Kentucky Derby ticket with the 50-point prize. The lightly-raced colt has done everything right so far, but his 95 BRIS Speed rating won’t get it done...

Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight Recap: Rebel Stakes John Mucciolo |

Rebel S. (G2): The unbeaten MALAGACY tracked in second to the top of the lane, inched to the lead in early stretch and cruised to a two-length victory in this lucrative race for conditioner Todd Pletcher. Son of Shackleford strode home pretty well until drifting in a bit late, which adds to my...

Matchmakers And Levys Kind To Public; Storm Cancels Features; Short Change On Wins, Exactas With Favorites Frank Cotolo |

We started this week with some personal-features at Monticello on March 16 but the weather closed all of New York racing, no less lots of other establishments. The Nor’easter was a doozy. Then it was Friday, March 17 and the opening of the Matchmaker Pacing Series at Yonkers. Our searches for...

Hanson's Four to Follow on Rebel Stakes undercard Vance Hanson |

Having given my thoughts on the Rebel (G2), here are other horses of interest on Saturday's card at Oaklawn: Race 2 - The Lecomte (G3) proved a mess for #8 TOTALITY (8-1). Rank early and running in the mud for the first time, the son of Tapit fell well behind early and stayed there. Stakes-placed...

Battalion Runner joins Scully's Kentucky Derby Top 10 Twinspires.com |

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is charging forward and James Scully is fired up with his Kentucky Derby Report. Scully breaks down the action each week before listing his top 20 for the Kentucky Derby. We're paring it down even more, taking the top 10 from Scully's Report and throwing in tidbits...

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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.