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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.

Productive Power Plays Produce Exactas With Winners, Huge Place, Show Prices At Northfield, Miami Frank Cotolo |

We started the week off with tweets for spot plays at Pompano on Feb. 8. In Race 3 we were second to the favorite for a $64.00 exacta with River Rising ($9.80, $3.60). He went off at 25-1. Our second choice, Fast Bill in Race 8, scratched and our third spot play, Dynamic Rayzer (7-1) finished ninth...

Mucciolo's Sophomore Spotlight February 11-12 John Mucciolo |

Sam F. Davis (G3): A fine field will contest the $250,000 Sam F. Davis at 1 1/16 miles and this has to be the best field ever assembled for the race at Tampa Bay Downs. I think four horses have the potential to run big and progress as serious players this Triple Crown campaign and MCCRACKEN...

Chance of ‘Snow’ in Dubai Saturday Kellie Reilly |

Meydan stages a rare Saturday Carnival card, highlighted by the first colts’ classic of the season, the $250,000 U.A.E. 2000 Guineas (G3). On paper, the race boils down to a simple question: will Godolphin’s Thunder Snow transfer his game to the dirt? The Saeed bin Suroor pupil is the one to beat...

Derby Dream Bet on the Sam Davis and other Tampa stakes selections Vance Hanson |

Those that confidently backed Classic Empire with a $5 Win bet in last week's Holy Bull (G2) didn't qualify for the final round of's $25,000 Kentucky Derby Dream Bet. Hopefully, the short-priced winners of the Withers (G3) and Robert B. Lewis (G3), El Areeb and Royal Mo, bailed you...

Fact Finding Mission: How To Bet the 2017 Sam F. Davis Stakes Ed DeRosa |

I had it all planned out; I was going to sound so smart. After backing short-priced favorites El Areeb in the Withers and Classic Empire in the Holy Bull, the Sam F. Davis Stakes was going to be my big reveal. “Sure, I loved those favorites, but that’s only so you’d really pay attention to me when...

Speed a common theme for Fair Grounds Starlight Racing picks James Scully |

First post at Fair Grounds tonight is 6 p.m. (ET) and players at can earn 50X points for losing Win bets on the Starlight Friday Racing program. Select the banner on the “contests and promotions” page and click the “Opt In” button to take advantage. I like the following horses on...

Connecting the Kentucky Derby Dots: What Lines did the Holy Bull Draw? |

Irish War Cry wins the Holy Bull Stakes. (Coglianese Photos) by Alastair Bull What lines did the Holy Bull Stakes draw for the Kentucky Derby? Let's connect the Dots. SETTING:      Bettors expected 2016 champion 2-year-old male Classic Empire (3-5) to have a...

Top juvenile performers don’t always remain ahead of competition |

By Dick Powell It would seem like a simple process: run like a champion at age 2 and then after a short rest, come back at 3 bigger and better. But it doesn’t always work out that way. How could a 2YO be better than UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie) was in 2010? He broke his maiden first time out at...



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.