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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.

‘Captain’ My Captain; Big Finals Highlight Giant Harness Weekend--Update on Cane Pace Frank Cotolo |

There is a herd of progeny from Somebeachsomewhere on the tracks this season. The incredible beast that paced a hole in a lot of winds and retired to stud after a monstrous sophomore season, winning $2.4 million and taking a mark of 1:46.4, presents the cream of his crop, Captaintreacherous, in the...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon 08/29 by TwinSpires Radio | Blog Talk Radio Derek Simon |

Host Derek Simon and Ed DeRosa of discuss Chantal Sutherland’s ride aboard Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic, as well as the pluses and minuses of Sutherland’s status as a “sports sex symbol.” They also talk about a possible run by Frankel in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.In the... bettor plays name game to scoop Pick 6 at Del Mar Ed DeRosa |

A name he liked coupled with a jockey he recognized led Mr. Hariri to scoop Thursday’s Pick 6 at Del Mar for gross winnings of $495,060.80 on a $146 play.Playing through, the West Coast resident took a stab at Thursday’s $89,785 Pick 6 carryover by crafting nine separate tickets,...

Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes Frank Cotolo |

If you are one of “the crowd” then you cashed a few tickets this weekend, though most of the returns were pale and paltry.  You may have, however, zeroed in on one of our choices, Prestidigitator, from our Breeders Crown Countdown blog, and beaten a big choice as the ex-Hambo contender won and...

Fit vs. Fragile Derek Simon |

Rail TripA few years ago, I wrote about the Freshened Horse Fallacy, the theory that the modern-day thoroughbred simply cannot withstand the rigors of day-to-day training and — heaven forbid — racing on a consistent basis.I pointed out that much of this hysteria is based on the belief that...

Speedy Weekend Expected, Updated Frank Cotolo |

Harness drivers will have their “pedal to the metal” this weekend, no doubt, as they gun for big purses and prestige over profit.TwinSpires carries the DuQuoin State Fair from Illinois and even with reduced status and purses, there is plenty there to bet about, so to speak, and we cover what may be...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon 08/22 by TwinSpires Radio | Blog Talk Radio Derek Simon |

Derek Simon and Ed DeRosa discuss yet another scintillating win by Frankel in the Juddmonte International, as well as Questing's equally impressive — well, OK, not quite — performance in the Alabama. Derek also gives his take on the attrition among this year’s top three-year-olds and shares some...

Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes Frank Cotolo |

Some weeks don’t look as promising as others for a betting bankroll and those turn out to be terrific times, while others look good enough to eat and those wind up not being able to be digested fully. So it is that the three-day-full-of-action weekend wound up with less success than expected. It...



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.