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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 Parades At Freehold, Miami; Northfield Power Plays Offer Profit Motives Frank Cotolo |

We continue this week with more personally chosen harness-race features and our H2W (horses-to-watch) list, targeting our TwinSpires accounts into profit territories. These overnight races will usually involve the common wagers (win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta) and many of them will...

McCraken the one to beat but No Dozing the likely value in Sam F. Davis Vance Hanson |

I'm on record being a fan and supporter of McCraken in his quest to win this year's Kentucky Derby (G1), thus I hope he runs well in Saturday's $250,000 Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. He'll be the favorite in the 1 1/16-mile race, which awards 10 Derby qualifying points to the winner, but...

Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report: Irish War Cry, El Areeb highlight trifecta of early-season preps James Scully |

El Areeb confirmed his status as a serious contender and Irish War Cry emerged as possible force in South Florida as three prep races in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series were offered on Saturday, February 4. The Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park featured the return of early Kentucky Derby...

Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight Recap John Mucciolo |

Robert Lewis: I tabbed ROYAL MO as a horse to watch entering this race and the John Shirreffs pupil did not disappoint, rolling home a clear winner and stamping himself as a fine prospect who could be nearly any kind this winter and spring. The son of Uncle Mo did not defeat the strongest field...

Dubai Carnival beads: Furious finish, Cool customer Kellie Reilly |

Former Chilean champion Furia Cruzada was expected to need her Dubai debut last Thursday for new trainer Erwan Charpy, all the more so since she was tackling males in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G2). But she was so happy to be back on dirt that her lack of recency, or fitness, didn’t even...

Should Unique Bella pursue the Kentucky Derby trail? Kellie Reilly |

Filly sensation Unique Bella had barely ambled across the wire in Sunday’s Las Virgenes (G2) when the Twitterverse erupted: take on the boys! After all, the daughter of Tapit and 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1) heroine Unrivaled Belle is nominated to the Triple Crown, so doesn’t she deserve...

500 Things We Learned From Saturday’s Prep Races Ed DeRosa |

El Areeb and Irish War Cry are who I thought they were Sure, I didn't bet either of them (or in the case of Irish War Cry even pick to win his race), but their Speed Ratings and how they earned them stuck out among this generation, and I have no problem putting both...

Miami Pick-3 Leg Delivers Two Winners And $124 Exacta; $29 Pompano Hit Is Best Spot Win Frank Cotolo |

Along with a few double-digit winners from the horses-to-watch list (H2W—see below), our personal features produced a few winners and within the two-of-three winners in the Miami Valley Pick 3, a three-digit Exacta. So, we’ll begin this week’s update with our contenders’ success on Friday, Feb. 3...



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.