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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.

Rachel’s Valentina retired; Stradivari stable at Rood and Riddle Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Stonestreet Stable's homebred Grade 1 winner Rachel's Valentina has been retired, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Sunday morning. The lone daughter of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, Rachel's Valentina won her two-year-old debut by two lengths at Saratoga Race Course...

Frosh Price-Topper, $25; Exacta Partner For $59; Adios Final Field Set; ‘Wiggle’ Wins Again Frank Cotolo |

On Twitter last Wednesday, July 20, we offered three spot plays at Northfield and could only muster a show finish with King Richard ($4.00). Sharp Action (11-1) finished fifth and so did Reggie Raider (8-1) in their respective races. On various Wednesday nights we tweet for TwinSpires Twitter...

Out Cap Da Shap Daily Pick 4 tickets Twinspires.com |

Scott Shapiro's Late Pick 4 Tickets at Del Mar All tickets will be placed for the base value of 50 cents and will be posted after early scratches SATURDAY, JULY 23 After a “chalkfest” over the final four races of the Del Mar card on Friday, I return for a Saturday carryover in the “Outcap Da...

California Chrome holds Dortmund in close San Diego win Jennifer Caldwell |

California Chrome hadn’t competed since March 26 while main rival Dortmund was last seen racing November 28. Both chestnuts captured those respective starts and found themselves facing off following the vacations on a sun-drenched Del Mar afternoon in Saturday’s $200,000 San Diego Handicap (G2)....

What a horse race. Onto the Pacific Classic! Twinspires.com |

by Scott Shapiro After a trip overseas to Dubai that included an eye-popping victory in the $10 million World Cup, California Chrome continued to put forth a championship level five-year-old campaign and got the best of Dortmund in a thrilling two-horse battle to the wire in Saturday’s Grade 2 San...

Kat has big 'Mo' in San Clemente Kellie Reilly |

J K Racing Stable’s Mokat tried the Kentucky Oaks (G1) trail without success this spring, but perhaps the grassy Del Mar Oaks (G1) on August 20 is more to her liking. Freshened by trainer Richard Baltas since her disappointing 13th behind Cathryn Sophia at Churchill Downs, the daughter of Uncle Mo...

Dacita up in time in frenetic finish to Diana Kellie Reilly |

Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds’ Dacita, who mugged Tepin on the line in the Ballston Spa (G2) at Saratoga last summer, pulled off a similar last-gasp coup in Saturday’s $500,000 Diana (G1). Going last to first for Irad Ortiz Jr., the two-time Chilean champion edged Recepta and Rainha...

Undrafted the class of the field in Lucky Coin Vance Hanson |

Undrafted continues his march toward a probable tilt in the TwinSpires.com Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita this fall when he takes to the Mellon turf at Saratoga on Monday in the $100,000 Lucky Coin over 5 1/2 furlongs. A six-year-old trained by Wesley Ward, Undrafted showed his best...

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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.