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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.

Twin $30 Scores At Red Mile, Hoosier; Bluegrass Babes Pay Off Frank Cotolo |

This past week we had some good winners mow down their foes in the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. The Grand Circuit at the Lexington, Kentucky track continues Wednesday, Oct. 7 through the weekend, highlighted by the Kentucky Futurity. Watch our TwinSpires blogs for all the best betting coverage...

The Arc omnibus blog: our recent posts all in one |

Gearing up for Sunday's feast at Longchamp, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1)? Here are our various Arc Day preview posts, conveniently located under one roof. Arc news and handicapping: Can anything thwart an Arc three-peat for Treve? How Treve's trainer relaxes before Arc three-peat attempt...

Wild Dude gets winning jump on Kobe's Back in Santa Anita Sprint Championship Vance Hanson |

When talking about top contenders for the upcoming Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), the discussion has tended to be dominated by East Coast-based runners like Runhappy, Private Zone, and Rock Fall. Southern California will, of course, be represented in the race, too, most likely by Wild...

Grand Arch holds on in Shadwell Turf Mile, but The Pizza Man offers more appetizing BC chances Kellie Reilly |

Grand Arch (center) just lasts from The Pizza Man (left) and Tourist (right), courtesy of Keeneland/Coady Photography. On a day when recently retired legend Wise Dan made an appearance before his fans at Keeneland, it was natural that his legacy should hold sway in the $1 million Shadwell Turf...

Brody’s Cause displays devastating late kick in Breeders’ Futurity James Scully |

Brody’s Cause jumped straight to stakes company with a rallying victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland, earning a berth to the October 31 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in the “Win and You’re In” event and 10 points for taking the Road to the Kentucky Derby series race....

Tonalist joins star-studded group as two-time winner of Jockey Club Gold Cup Jennifer Caldwell |

On Saturday, Tonalist added his name to the list of luminaries who have captured back-to-back runnings of the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park. Previous stars who accomplished the feat include Horses of the Year Curlin and Skip Away as well as the great mare Shuvee. Tonalist...

Tepin bound for BC Mile after trouncing First Lady foes Kellie Reilly |

Going into Saturday's $400,000 First Lady (G1) at Keeneland, trainer Mark Casse had indicated that Tepin could run herself into the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) with a big performance. Tepin must have taken that as a motivational speech, for the 8-5 favorite bolted up by seven lengths. And her victory...

Tonalist wins the Jockey Club Gold Cup, takes aim at BC Classic |

by Laura Pugh It took him five months to do it, but Tonalist finally returned to the winner’s circle with a dominating performance in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Performing like an even-money favorite should, Tonalist winning the race was about the only occurrence that was predictable during the...



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.