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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.

Slammin’ Meadows Score With $115 Winner; Low-Grade Wins Follow In Exactas And Power-Plays Frank Cotolo |

It’s early in the season but we have a candidate for TwinSpires Harness Player Horse of the Year (the highest win paying horse within a year’s worth of this blog). In this week’s horses-to-watch list (H2W), second-time entry Mars Man soared to victory, paying $115.00 to win (see list below). We...

Epicharis ready to bloom in Hyacinth Kellie Reilly |

As tempting as it may be to oppose the favorite in a 15-horse field, Epicharis looks too tough in tonight’s Hyacinth S. at Tokyo (12:25 a.m. EST), the second and final points race on the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby.” For that reason, if you’ve not yet qualified for Round 2 of the $25,000...

Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: El Camino Real Derby & Southwest Preview John Mucciolo |

El Camino Real Derby (G3): Seven sophomores will go to post in this All-Weather event at Golden Gate on Saturday. SHEER FLATTERY, who was third in the Robert B Lewis S. (G3) at Santa Anita in his latest offering, is the top draw but the $100,000 son of Flatter failed to make much of an impact in...

Backing a General on Gulfstream Park's President's Day program Vance Hanson |

A day devoted to starter allowance stakes referenced in name to some of the nation's former chief executives, Gulfstream Park's President's Day program on Monday has plenty of intriguing betting options. The 10th race, the $60,000 Sage of Monticello for three-year-olds that have started for a...

Price horse brewing in El Camino Real Derby for Kentucky Derby Dream Bet Vance Hanson |

The highest payout in the four Kentucky Derby (G1) preps covered by the $25,000 Kentucky Derby Dream Bet thus far has been $10.60, while the other three were won by favorites or near-favorites. If by chance you consistently bet against the chalk and still have not qualified for the Final Round of...

Michigan flair to Kentucky Derby Dream Bet selection in El Camino Real Derby James Scully |

The first four races in Round 1 of the $25,000 Kentucky Derby Dream Bet are in the books but there is still plenty of time to qualify for Round 2 by cashing a $5 Win bet on one of the remaining 12 contest races. Be sure to click “Opt In” (from the Kentucky Derby Dream Bet banner on the contest...

Seeking a share of Friday’s $500 betting bonus at Aqueduct James Scully |

Hitting an exacta or trifecta at Aqueduct on Friday can earn players a share of a $500 betting bonus. Be sure to “Opt In” for eligibility and players who wager at least $50 in exacta or trifectas, and hit at least once, will receive a share of the $500 daily prize. Fast conditions...

Comparing Aqueduct to Gulfstream Park |

by Dick Powell Years ago, I used to work for Fair Grounds Race Course. As a big player in the simulcast market, we had the advantage of good weather and a turf course. When bad weather would hit the Northeast, we would benefit. In fact one year, Aqueduct cancelled on the day of the Louisiana Derby...



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.