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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.

Prospecting For Profits In Features From Four Tracks; Outsider Exotic Contenders Looking Good Frank Cotolo |

North America harness racing grinds through the new year with dozens of pari-mutuels opportunities for TwinSpires players. Our third preview blog of 2017 offers more personal harness-race features from at tracks carried by TwinSpires. Aimed at profiting on the horses most handicapping sources do...

Dubai Carnival beads: Ageless Wizard defies time, de Kock’s back on Derby trail Kellie Reilly |

Whenever I think, “surely age must be catching up with him by now,” the remarkable Reynaldothewizard goes out and defies the passage of time. “Reynaldo” did it again in his 11-year-old (!) debut last Thursday, when turning a three-peat in Meydan’s featured Dubawi S., a stepping stone to the Dubai...

How to bet the 2017 Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Ed DeRosa |

Over at Thoroughbred Daily News, The Smarty Jones Stakes (click for FREE Brisnet.com PPs) on Monday, January 16, at Oaklawn Park kicks off the TwinSpires.com Road to the Triple Crown throwdown, and as I said in my write up to take down Brian DiDonato and Steve Sherack, this race interests me...

Arrogate, California Chrome headline Pegasus World Cup workers Jennifer Caldwell |

Arrogate and California Chrome, the respective one-two finishers from the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), put in moves over the weekend to ready for a rematch in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park on January 28. The works took place on opposite ends of the country, with...

Show Serenade Topped With $22 Score; Pair of $13 Winners Share First For Features Frank Cotolo |

Six personal features spread across Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12—Jan. 14. This weekend we were day-program oriented, starting with Freehold, moving to the Meadows and finishing at Charlottetown. At Freehold, both public choices gobbled up the win pools and won. In the first feature...

Hanson: Streamline the key in Saturday's Oaklawn Late Pick 4 Vance Hanson |

After a nine-month break from Oaklawn, there were definitely signs of rust in my handicapping and betting on Friday's opener. My Pick 3 tanked off the bat when Athena, who had plenty of back class and a potentially favorable pace scenario, showed that her recent ho-hum form, which convinced me to...

Almanaar, Mr. Jordan key to Gulfstream Late Pick 4 James Scully |

Gulfstream features three graded stakes Saturday and five of the last six races drew at least 12 runners. Let’s focus on the Late Pick 4 (races 9-12) that includes the Ft. Lauderdale (G2) and Hal’s Hope (G3). 9th race: The sequence kicks off with a 5-furlong maiden special weight on turf and the...

Opening Day Wagering Strategies for Oaklawn Park Ed DeRosa |

Oaklawn Park opens today, and TwinSpires.com is celebrating by offering 20x points on all losing win bets of $10 or more. We'll hope not to take advantage of this promotion by actually hitting all our win bets, but knowing how difficult it is to sweep a card, we're happy to get the 20x points per...

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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.