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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.

Powell's 2016 Eclipse Awards Ballot |

by Dick Powell With a full day to spare, I submitted my 2016 Eclipse Awards ballot. I look at accomplishments and now how I would bet the major contenders if they showed up in the same race. Two-Year-Old Male – CLASSIC EMPIRE (Pioneerof the Nile) was an easy choice with a win in the Breeders’...

Features In The Deep Freeze; Miami Valley Opens; Variety For Victories Frank Cotolo |

As 2017 rolls through its first month, plenty of full harness programs across North America present wagering opportunities promising profits for our TwinSpires accounts. The New Year will soon offer the winter stakes season and until then, we pursue early success in our personal features from...

Santa Anita 2017 - Week 1 recap |

by Scott Shapiro The first full week of Santa Anita Park’s winter meeting is “in the books.” The meet that commenced on the day after Christmas and ran five days last week – including a holiday card on January 2 – saw an abundance of rain, a top young rider leading the way early, familiar faces...

Three Of Four Features Blossom, $29 Tops Winners Before Launching 2017 Campaign Frank Cotolo |

This blog reflects the end of the 2016 season, as the results reviewed took place on or before Dec. 31. There are some additions to the lists posted in our annual review, so the archives have been adjusted. That being documented, let’s review what turned out to be a great closing week for our...

Shapiro: How to wager on San Pasqual |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO Santa Anita Park’s New Years’ Day card is headlined by the return of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate in the Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes. The San Pasqual is the eighth race on the Sunday afternoon card and drew a compact group of five for the mile and a sixteenth event....

NTRA hails newly proposed IRS regulations on pari-mutuel winnings |

Edited NTRA press release The Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Thursday issued newly proposed regulations relating to withholding and reporting with respect to pari-mutuel winnings. The 31-page Treasury document, entitled “Withholding on Payments of Certain Gambling...

Powell: Non-DQ on Gulfstream turf sends wrong message |

by DICK POWELL I pay a lot of attention to the rail placements on Gulfstream Park’s expansive turf course but I guess I haven’t been paying close enough attention. It used to be that the rails started out at 0 feet and 72 feet. So if there were a permanent hedge instead of PVC portable barriers,...

Harness Racing’s Auld Lang Syne: Never Too Late To Profit Off Last-Minute Miles Of The Year Frank Cotolo |

First and foremost, we wish everyone a Happy New Year. Thank you blog followers and all who participated in this year’s Players’ Pools. We hope your trust in our handicapping and in your own methods brought you a profit wagering on harness racing at TwinSpires in 2016. We intend to attempt making...



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.