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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.

Trying to beat favorites in San Felipe, Tampa Bay Derby James Scully |

Heavy favorites have taken a beating over the last four races in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, with Uncontested, Mo Town, El Areeb and Irish War Cry all failing to offer a serious challenge, and bettors will line up behind Mastery and Tapwrit in today’s $400,000 San Felipe (G2) and $350,...

Scully shakes up his Kentucky Derby Top 10 ahead of weekend preps |

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is charging forward and James Scully is fired up with his Kentucky Derby Report. Scully breaks down the action each week before listing his top 20 for the Kentucky Derby. We're paring it down even more, taking the top 10 from Scully's Report and throwing in tidbits...

Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: San Felipe & Tampa Bay Derby Preview John Mucciolo |

San Felipe S. (G2): A trio of the top West Coast-based sophomores will vie in the $400,000 San Felipe on Saturday at Santa Anita. ILIAD surely looked the part in rolling home a fine winner in a seasonal debut in the San Felipe (G2) on this oval and draws outside of his main two rivals. The Doug O’...

Six things to know for Tampa Bay Derby Kellie Reilly |

After Saturday’s $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) lost its marquee attraction, McCraken, due to a reportedly minor ankle strain, the Kentucky Derby (G1) prep now has a very open look. That equates to a golden opportunity for the three-year-old who manages to burst from the pack and claim the 50 points...

How to wager on the 2017 Santa Anita Handicap |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO While the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park and the Dubai World Cup at Meydan now overshadow the Santa Anita Handicap, it still offers top older horses a shot at a $750,000 purse and a Grade 1 win at the American classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. For all Santa Anita Park...

Looking at early favorites to triumph in San Felipe, Tampa Bay Derby Vance Hanson |

Saturday's $400,000 San Felipe (G2) appears a three-horse race on paper, while the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) looks slightly more contentious. That's the broad view ahead of this week's betting opportunities in the $25,000 Kentucky Derby Dream Bet. A reminder to those participating in the...

Five things to know for San Felipe Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita is the first Southern California prep of the season to offer 50 Kentucky Derby (G1) points toward the winner. If the 1 1/16-mile contest is short on quantity, it’s long on quality, pitting three elite contenders against each other. 1. Undefeated...

Three horses of interest on final Starlight Racing program James Scully |

Tonight marks the final Starlight Racing program of the Fair Grounds meet, with a 1st-race post at 6 p.m. (ET), and is offering players 50X points for losing win wagers. Be sure to “Opt In” and bet at least $10 or more to win on any race. Here are three horses I like on the program...



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.