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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.

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon 11/21 by TwinSpires Radio | Blog Talk Radio Derek Simon |

Derek Simon and Brisnet's Ed DeRosa discuss the racing debut of Zenyatta's half-sister as well as other happenings in the Sport of Kings. Ed reveals his "plunge play" in the Clark Handicap.In the U. of Bet segment, Dave Schwartz of gives his opinion on the "80/20...

Did Eblouissante offer value in her debut? Ed DeRosa |

At the racetrack, value and not always beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or, as my college newspaper editor, Robert Levine, used to say, "One man's gold is another's gonorrhea."Benoit...

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

  Our body of choices this weekend wound up spindle-legged, to put it mildly. Taking it all in stride, though a warbling one, here are the results. Maywood’s quartet of stakes on Nov. 16 were favorite-laden and two we thought unbeatable did not get beaten, as well as they didn’t pay much.  Our...

Beating the Betting 'Whales' Derek Simon |

There is a belief, shared by many, that the Sport of Kings is actually the Sport of Whales. And by “whales” I’m not talking about the creatures that gave Captain Ahab and Pinocchio such fits. I’m talking about big bettors — the guys and girls that move the lines, the so-called “smart money”...

Players' Pool post mortem: A consolation never is Ed DeRosa |

Tough sequence on Wednesday, as only two of the ~143,500 combinations bet into the $89,489 Pick 6 carryover successfully navigated the sequence that ended with $111.50 winner Noosh's Tale.Difficulty is not an excuse for the Players' Pool, however, because as someone said to me after the races, "...

Chicago Shines With Stakes At Maywood; Dover Displays Dynamic Groups Frank Cotolo |

Another rare evening in the Midwest comes to harness fans this week as Maywood Park offers a quartet of major stakes on Friday, Nov. 16. The it’s north for Open pacing mares with the Forest City Pace Final at Western Fair. The weekend goes through Sunday again this week with Matrons and the...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon 11/14 by TwinSpires Radio | Blog Talk Radio Derek Simon |

Derek Simon discusses Frankie Dettori's alleged drug issues, as well as the Horse of the Year paradox.In the U. of Bet segment, Dave Schwartz of gives his opinion on speed figures — why they're important and how they are best analyzed.  Lastly, in the Handicapping...

Double carryover Pick 6 mania Wednesday at Aqueduct Ed DeRosa |

As captain of the TwinSpires Players' Pool, I'm responsible for wagering $25,000 on the Pick 6 Wednesday at Aqueduct.$25,000 is a significant amount and will represent 5%-10% of the new money bet into the pool that already features a $89,489 carryover.The significance of the amount is not only in...



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.