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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.

Maurice the personal highlight of HKIR day and week Vance Hanson |

HONG KONG - The Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) on Sunday had a little bit of everything. The massive upset of Highland Reel in the Vase (G1) by Satono Crown. The home court defenses of the Sprint (G1) by Aerovelocity... and the Mile (G1) by Beauty Only. And the brilliant win in the...

Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) News & Notes Vance Hanson |

If you've missed any of and's coverage of Sunday's Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) at Sha Tin, you can find it all here: Breaking news: Pure Sensation scratched from Hong Kong Sprint Selections by Vance Hanson Looking to Japan for Hong Kong Sprint, Mile winners...

Features On Fire With Exotic Additions; Pompano’s $15 Winner Tops Selections Frank Cotolo |

This weekend our three personal features came from programs in the Northeast—New York, Delaware and New Jersey—and one from the Midwest—Ohio. Winter conditions ruled near Cleveland, with sub-freezing temperatures and scattered snow showers at Northfield Park. Horses and horsemen campaigning there...

Looking to Japan for Hong Kong Sprint, Mile winners Vance Hanson |

HONG KONG - Sunday's Hong Kong Sprint (G1) and Hong Kong Mile (G1), unlike the other two HKIR events, appear more wide open with the potential of longer-priced payoffs. As far as the Sprint goes, Japanese representative Big Arthur, who figures to be one of the favorites if not the post-time choice...

Playing Saturday’s Gulfstream Pick 5 Carryover James Scully |

A $40,342 Pick 5 carryover awaits horse players at Gulfstream Park and any time spent handicapping turf form is worthless as the three turf races in Pick 5 sequence (races 7-11) have been moved to the wet main track. Here are my thoughts on the races: 7th: #3 Salute With Honor posted a convincing...

Short-priced Highland Reel, Maurice likely to achieve HKIR glory again Vance Hanson |

HONG KONG - They're all Group 1 events, but the Hong Kong Vase and Hong Kong Cup stand out in star power among the four Hong Kong International Races (HKIR) at Sha Tin on Sunday. However, chances are good said stars will perform to expectation, thus making the Vase and Cup as perhaps not the best...

How to wager on the Starlet |

by Scott Shapiro The $300,000 Starlet is the second of two Grade 1 events on Saturday’s nine-race card at Los Alamitos Race Course. The event is contested at a mile and a sixteenth and features a field of nine two-year-old fillies. #7 American Gal is the horse to beat in the Starlet for trainer...

How to wager on the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity |

by Scott Shapiro The first of two Saturday cards at the Los Alamitos winter Thoroughbred meeting features two Grade 1 events for two-year-olds. The Starlet for fillies is the more competitive of the duo, while the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity offers racing fans a chance to see one of the early...



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.