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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.

Jose Ortiz is riding his way to an Eclipse Award |

by Dick Powell Jose Ortiz is a man on a mission and is finishing up 2016 so strong that he has now inserted himself into the conversation for the Eclipse Award for leading rider. He has been that good. Jose started out his career in the shadow of his brother, Irad, but what originally caught my...

Happy Valley a place to rejuvenate your racing soul Vance Hanson |

HONG KONG - When the Hong Kong Jockey Club announced attendance of around 29,600 for Wednesday night's International Jockey Championship at Happy Valley Racecourse, my first thought, and not in a negative way, was "That's it?" In truth, it was a terrific crowd. It was the second highest for the...

Maurice, A Shin Hikari continue to shine ahead of Sha Tin showdown Vance Hanson |

HONG KONG - One thing that has gone perfectly this trip is the weather. Granted, I've only been here a little over two days, but you couldn't have picked a nicer morning for Thursday's trackwork at Sha Tin. And the forecast continues to look good through Sunday's Hong Kong International Races (HKIR...

Features Parade Across America; Overnights Offer Opportunities Frank Cotolo |

Our personal features—specifically chosen races at various harness meets running on the TwinSpires track menu—are complemented by the TwinSpires’ exclusive, productive horses-to-watch list (H2W). The 2016 stakes season is over as the year offers only another few weeks. Our features this weekend...

Hong Kong: a good morning at Sha Tin and clean clothes for Happy Valley Vance Hanson |

HONG KONG - The pleasant commute from central Hong Kong to Sha Tin Racecourse in the New Territories for Wednesday morning's HKIR trackwork was leisurely compared to the trackwork itself, which seemed, to this newbie, to come fast and furious and was all but completed within an hour. The media...

Pure Sensation finds right turn a learning curve in breeze for Hong Kong Sprint Kellie Reilly |

The Christophe Clement-trained Pure Sensation ratcheted up a gear over Sha Tin’s turf course Tuesday morning, polishing off an approximately three-furlong breeze to set him up for Sunday’s Hong Kong Sprint (G1). Under exercise rider Rudy Nerbonne, the consistent gray clocked :37.0 for the 600...

Touting Daily Participation Key to Solving Racing's Identity Crisis Ed DeRosa |

Racing has an identity crisis. It’s a gambling game; no, it’s about the animal; it’s a live sporting event; it’s the sport of kings; $2 bettors; Zenyatta. Of course, racing is all these things and more, but first and foremost from where I sit (which is an office at’s Lexington...

More HK travel woes and thoughts on the International Jockey Challenge Vance Hanson |

HONG KONG - If you thought my 24-hour delay arriving in Hong Kong was the worst of it, let me tell you it was purely an appetizer. It's late Tuesday night and I am where I need to be (finally) at the media hotel, but with neither of my suitcases around and only the clothes on my back for the time...



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.