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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.

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...

Super Saturday wrap, II: Turf prep winners on upswing but internationals tough on Dubai World Cup night Kellie Reilly |

Continued from Part 1 on the Super Saturday dirt preps The biggest upset of Super Saturday came in the first turf race, the Dubai City of Gold (G2), the stepping stone to the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1). Postponed made history last year by becoming the first horse to sweep both, but the odds-on...

Super Saturday wrap, I: Dirt prep winners worth opposing on Dubai World Cup night Kellie Reilly |

As a general rule, winners on Super Saturday usually don’t repeat the feat in their respective races on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan. The exceptions fall into two categories – either obvious standouts, or horses peaking at the absolutely perfect time. None of the 2017 Super Saturday winners...

Spotlight on Mastery in San Felipe; Arrogate training splendidly toward Dubai |

By Dick Powell  It might be March 9 when this column is published but somehow, I don’t think we’ve seen the 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner. At least, not yet. Last weekend did not help. In New York, heavily favored EL AREEB (Exchange Rate) was surprisingly sent to the front and either ran...

Power Plays, Fiery Features For Profit On The Precipice Of Season’s Big Series Frank Cotolo |

This week we present the last parade of personal features and exotic Power Plays because our official stakes-and-series features begin next week with “Levy” and Matchmaker series at Yonkers (March 17 and 18th). The Power Plays concept will appear here and there through the year with our stakes...

Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report March 7: Gunnevera, J Boys Echo earn big numbers as favorites tumble James Scully |

It was a tough weekend for favorites, with Irish War Cry and El Areeb relinquishing their status as top Kentucky Derby contenders via flops in the Fountain of Youth (G2) and Gotham (G3), respectively. Gunnevera and J Boys Echo emerged from the carnage with smashing wins that netted commendable BRIS...

Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight Recap: Fountain of Youth, Gotham & John Battaglia Memorial John Mucciolo |

Fountain of Youth (G2): Peacock Racing Stables’ GUNNEVARA was arguably the most impressive winner of the early prep season with a powerful last-to-first move over what I thought was a pretty decent field at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Antonio Sano, the chestnut son of Dialed In easily went by the...

Farrell, Unique Bella duking it out atop the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard Jennifer Caldwell |

Following two weeks’ worth of Kentucky Oaks (G1) action, Farrell and Unique Bella have established their dominance in the three-year-old filly division. As the prep season continues to heat up, these two will take vastly different paths to their showdown in the Run for the Lillies. First up,...



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.