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Harness Players’ Horse Of The Year Leads Long List Of ‘Profit Ponies’ For 2016 Frank Cotolo |

Each year the TwinSpires harness department looks into the 12-month archives of suggested contenders posted in the exclusive weekly harness blog. We categorize all of the winners that have paid at least two digits (4-1 and up) in the order of win prices high to low (while including their place and...

Scully: Handicapping Santa Anita’s All-Stakes Pick 4 James Scully |

Santa Anita concludes Monday’s opening-day card with an All-Stakes Pick 4 (races 6-9). Here are my thoughts on the sequence: San Simeon (G3), 6th race: The Pick 4 kicks off with a full field of 14 turf sprinters and I will look to spread in the contentious affair. Eddie D (G3) winner #10 Holy Lute...

Monticello Cold Exacta Strike At $180; Five Money-Makers At The Meadowlands On Two Programs Frank Cotolo |

It was a short week for personal features and the horses-to-watch list (H2W), since all tracks were dark on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, but our penultimate blog preview for 2016 was productive. Check out the H2W results below; they include a cold $180.00 Exacta and three strong hits at The Meadowlands on...

Hanson: Four to follow in Santa Anita's graded features opening day Vance Hanson |

Santa Anita's opening day is a big one on the U.S. racing calendar and everyone would love to be at their handicapping and betting best, myself included. However, with the possibility of potential bragging rights comes the chance of missing by over thinking, especially in the four graded stakes on...

Shapiro: Finley'sluckycharm one of four spot plays on Santa Anita opener Twinspires.com |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO Once again Santa Anita will open its winter/spring meeting the day after Christmas and the racing office has compiled an extremely challenging nine-race card that is headlined by the 44th running of the La Brea (G1) and the 65th edition of the Malibu (G1), both run at seven...

Shapiro's tips on how to bet Santa Anita Twinspires.com |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO Happy Holidays racing fans! I hope everyone gets to enjoy the coming days with family and friends, but also can find the time to get involved with the start of the racing season at beautiful Santa Anita Park. Once again opening day at “The Great Race Place” is the day after...

California Chrome's trip around Los Alamitos reminiscent of Ussery's Alley Twinspires.com |

by DICK POWELL Farewell tours seem to be in vogue in sports lately. Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and David Ortiz each took a whole baseball season to say goodbye. Not to be outdone, horse racing has joined the trend as CALIFORNIA CHROME (Lucky Pulpit)’s career is winding down. The earner of...

Holiday Harness Features Sparkle In Three States; Exotics Ripe For Profits Frank Cotolo |

A short week of harness-racing between blogs is presented as the Christmas and Hanukah holidays fall upon Saturday and Sunday in the last week of December. Many tracks will abandon those two days, going dark as the calendar of 2016 enters its final six days. There are still plenty of races...

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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.