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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.

Five things to know about the Rebel Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s $900,000 Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park, the final stepping stone to the April 15 Arkansas Derby (G1), is brimming with storylines that crisscross the country. And with 50 Kentucky Derby (G1) points to the winner, the 1 1/16-mile affair is virtually a ticket to Churchill Downs. Here are...

How to bet the late Pick 4 on Santa Margarita day at Santa Anita |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO The lone Grade 1 race of the weekend is Saturday at Santa Anita Park where the $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes for older females headlines a 10-race card. The 1 1/8-mile race on the main track features 2016 champion female sprinter and Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner...

Looking for a star-spangled result in Rebel Vance Hanson |

Saturday's $900,000 Rebel (G2), this weekend's lone Kentucky Derby (G1) prep, has been the virtual domain of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert this decade. He's won the race six of the last seven years, including the last three, most notably with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2015) There...

Uncontested a rebound pick in Rebel James Scully |

Saturday’s Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park features a solid field of 11 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. American Anthem, Malagacy and Petrov all possess some early foot and merit a serious look for win honors, but I am playing the speed of the speed, #2 Uncontested. players who cash a $5...

Catching up with 2016 OBS March Sale top sellers including Monaco, Master Plan Kellie Reilly |

With Wednesday’s conclusion of a record-setting OBS March Sale, let’s revisit what last year’s top sellers have done so far. The Smart Strike colt Formula One, who sold to Lane’s End Bloodstock for a sales-topping $1.7 million, has been unplaced in his two starts. Trained by Hall of Famer Shug...

2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival study guide Kellie Reilly |

Now that the probables for the March 25 Dubai World Cup program have been released, it’s time to sort through which Carnival performers have a better chance to fend off the international juggernaut. In other words, I’ve got to revisit my weekly wrap-ups to take a fresh look at the principals – and...

ADWs are a net-positive for horse racing |

by Dick Powell I was fortunate enough to be a speaker on a panel at the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protection Association (NHBPA) conference last week. The subject was ADWs, or Advance Deposit Wagering, which covers any kind of betting that you need to have made an advance deposit to make...

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

Rebel S. (G2): A single graded feature will be held this weekend for sophomores on the Kentucky Derby Trail, but the quality of Saturday’s field makes up for the lack of quantity nationwide. The $900,000 Rebel S. (G2) has attracted a fine field of 11 and I have a hunch we might see one or more of...



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.