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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.

Making the Most of Oaklawn Park Wagering Opportunities Ed DeRosa |

One of my wagering resolutions in 2017 is to pay more attention to Oaklawn Park with the thought being that I’ve been missing opportunities there over the years (for another opportunity, check out the 20x promo on losing win bets!). It’s a popular wagering option but not too popular. The pools are...

Starting 2017 Oaklawn meet with a Pick 3 play Vance Hanson |

If memory serves, Oaklawn Park has lost all or part of its opening weekend to bad weather a few times in recent years. That won't be the case this weekend as the forecast calls for seasonably mild temperatures Friday through Monday. However, that same forecast predicts showers or rain every day,...

Dubai Carnival beads: Lights old and new shine at Meydan Kellie Reilly |

The 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival is already off on a history-making note, as Le Bernardin became the first two-time winner of the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (G2) on Thursday’s opener. Trained by Ali Rashid al Rayhi for Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed al Maktoum, the eight-year-old son of Bernardini...

Arrogate works, California Chrome jogs on busy Pegasus weekend Jennifer Caldwell |

Arrogate and California Chrome, the respective one-two finishers from the November 5 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and finalists for the 2016 Horse of the Year Eclipse Award, each took to the track on Sunday to ready for their upcoming showdown in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1)....

Meadowlands $63 Win Strike Leads Year’s First-Week Prices; Favorites Partner In Pair of $46-Plus Exactas Frank Cotolo |

With the major success in the Saturday, Jan. 7 personal features, here is a review that goes backward to Thursday, Jan. 5. At the Meadowlands on the first Saturday of 2017, we blasted a big winner mid-program with Stratocaster ($63.60, $20.00, $9.40). Last year, including personal features and...

McIntyre wins 2016 NHC Tour Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release Cheryl McIntyre of Massillon, Ohio, won three National Handicapping Championship (NHC) qualifying contests this year and earned 19,898 points overall to win the 2016 NHC Tour, which ended Sunday at the close of on-track qualifiers at Monmouth Park and Del Mar’s Surfside Race...

Gormley tough to oppose in Sham, but San Gabriel open to a minor upset Vance Hanson |

Saturday's $100,000 Sham (G3) at Santa Anita runs through Gormley. The John Shirreffs-trained colt impressively captured the FrontRunner (G1) in October, grabbing an uncontested lead when a rival expected to show speed broke poorly, before throwing in a dud the next month in the Breeders' Cup...

Watch and wager on Saturday's Breeders' Cup Challenge races from South Africa Twinspires.com |

TwinSpires.com offers the opportunity to watch and wager on South African racing, so tune in Saturday morning for the first Breeders' Cup Challenge races of the New Year. The Paddock S. (G1) for fillies and mares is scheduled for 9 a.m. (ET), and the Queen's Plate (G1) follows at 9:40 a.m. Check...

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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.