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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.

Six things to know for Fountain of Youth Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) is the middle leg of Gulfstream Park’s graded preps on the road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), which begins with the February 4 Holy Bull (G2) and culminates in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on April 1. The 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth offers Kentucky...

Dubai Carnival beads: Mubtaahij’s mission, Romance of Godolphin Kellie Reilly |

Between Monday’s welcome news about Arrogate’s Dubai World Cup (G1) venture, and looking forward to the upcoming Super Saturday card at Meydan, our weekly wrap of the Carnival action is easily overshadowed. But the final Carnival Thursday program on February 23 did have World Cup night implications...

Tapwrit joins Scully’s Kentucky Derby top 10 |

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is charging forward and James Scully is fired up with his Kentucky Derby Report. Scully breaks down the action each week before listing his top 20 for the Kentucky Derby. We’re paring it down even more, taking the top 10 from Scully’s Report and throwing in tidbits...

How to bet the Hawthorne Spring Meeting |

by NICOLLE NEULIST After a two-month winter break, Thoroughbred racing in Chicago resumes on Friday, March 4, at Hawthorne. The cadence of the Windy City circuit remains: March and April at Hawthorne, May through September at Arlington, then back to Hawthorne through December. However, post time...

Now it gets interesting as major prep races lie ahead for Kentucky Derby |

By Dick Powell Hard to believe that the Kentucky Derby (G1) will be run in only nine weeks. The prep season has been somewhat quiet with many trainers choosing only two races to get ready but things begin to heat up this Saturday and we should have a major Derby prep race for the next six weeks....

What Girvin's Risen Star Win Taught Us About the Kentucky Derby |

Girvin wins the Risen Star Stakes (Amanda Hodges Weir/Hodges Photography) Connecting the dots of what Girvin revealed to us about the Kentucky Derby picture by winning the Risen Star Stakes by Alastair Bull SETTING: The first of the championship races, with 50 points on the Road to the...

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

Fountain of Youth (G2): The $400,000 race appears to go through unbeaten IRISH WAR CRY and conditioner Graham Motion. An easy winner of the Holy Bull (G3) last time out, son of Curlin is equipped with a ton of speed and stamina and I simply don’t see any in this field making up enough lengths to...

Four Tracks Host Harness Features, Power Plays As March Comes In Like A Lion Frank Cotolo |

At March’s launch we are poised for the start of the “Levy” and Matchmaker series at Yonkers (March 17 and 18th), which will roll through the month and paves the way for the year’s stakes season. The overture to major divisional events is also at Yonkers, with the Petticoat and Sagamore series...



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.