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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.

Pick-3 Action, Superfecta Power Plays Poised To Profit Frank Cotolo |

We press on this February, hopeful Mother Nature doesn’t cancel track programs bettors can take advantage of our personally chosen harness-race features and our H2W (horses-to-watch) list horses. Last week we hoped to being on a Thursday but our TwinSpires accounts were untouched as harsh winter...

Mucciolo's Sophomore Spotlight Recap: Sam Davis & San Vicente John Mucciolo |

Sam F. Davis (G3): The unbeaten MCCRACKEN did nothing to lose luster with a powerful 1 ½-length score under the guidance of Brian Hernandez. The Ian Wilkes trainee got off slowly once again and was unhurried in the opening stages of this 1 1/16 miles endeavor, but the son of Ghostzapper has a fine...

Dubai Carnival beads: Thunder-ous night for Godolphin Kellie Reilly |

Godolphin’s Thunder Snow didn’t take long to answer the dirt question in last Saturday’s UAE 2000 Guineas (G3). As soon as the Saeed bin Suroor colt broke alertly, showed his typical early foot to track the pace, and traveled smartly, the outcome was a foregone conclusion. Here was the Criterium...

Three to follow on Winsurance Wednesday at Delta Downs Vance Hanson |

Playing Delta Downs on Wednesday evenings has become more favorable this year with the 15% Rolling Double Bonus and the 30X Wednesday Winsurance promotions offered by TwinSpires.com. Opting in to both promotions allows players to get a 15% bonus on their gross Double earnings up to $500 per card,...

Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report February 14: McCraken’s numbers improve in Sam Davis victory James Scully |

McCraken went 3-for-3 last year, including a convincing win in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs to establish himself as a top contender for the 2017 Kentucky Derby on May 6, but the Ghostzapper colt was still lacking from a BRIS Speed rating perspective after earning 94 and 93...

Dubai Carnival beads: Guineas joy for Saudi, treble for de Vries Kellie Reilly |

Saudi shippers face a substantial class hike when venturing onto the international stage at the Dubai Carnival – all the more so for a race like the UAE 1000 Guineas that draws the leading members of the division at Meydan. For that reason, Nashmiah (center, green cap) had something to prove last...

Connecting the Dots: What the Sam F Davis Taught Us About the Kentucky Derby Picture Twinspires.com |

McCraken wins the Sam F. Davis Stakes (SV Photography) by Alastair Bull Reading between the lines of the Sam F. Davis Stakes. SETTTING:  Most eyes in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) were on the highly-rated classic prospect McCraken. The 2-1 morning line favorite, McCraken was unbeaten...

Unique Bella soars to early Kentucky Oaks favoritism Jennifer Caldwell |

The Road to the Kentucky Oaks wrapped up the Prep Season portion of its points races on Saturday when Chanel’s Legacy captured the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park. However, UNIQUE BELLA ruled the week with her 8 3/4-length romp in last Sunday’s Las Virgenes Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park...

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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.