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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.

Pegasus Profiles: The Big Two John Mucciolo |

Saturday’s inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus (G1) at Gulfstream Park promises to be exciting and may turn out to be a two-horse race between the biggest stars in North American racing, Horse of the Year California Chrome and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Arrogate. I’ve profiled the...

Pegasus Profiles: Rest of the field John Mucciolo |

The world’s richest race, the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus (G1) at Gulfstream Park, will be offered Saturday and I’ve already profiled top contenders Arrogate and California Chrome at the TwinSpires Blog. Let’s take a look at the remaining 10 contestants (program numbers included...

Fierce Features At Four Tracks Offer Strong Contenders, Including Miami Valley Pick 3’s Legs Frank Cotolo |

January, 2017, races into history, literally. Already, we face the last weekend of the first month of the New Year. As we draw closer to stakes-and-series plays, we continue with personal harness-race features from at tracks carried by TwinSpires. As always, we target contenders not...

Hanson: Riding the Derby karma wave with McCraken in KDFW Pool 2 Vance Hanson |

I watched my first Kentucky Derby (G1) 30 years ago -- yes, I'm still a pup to some -- and it didn't take many years for me to realize that there's often a sense of karma surrounding the race. Or at least the kind of karma that helps propel certain folks or horses into the Derby winner's circle....

Epic match-up makes it well worth the Pegasus trip Twinspires.com |

By Dick Powell The inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup (G1) is Saturday and even though the event started out with more questions than answers, it is looking like the marquee race Frank Stronach envisioned. Perfectly located on the calendar, its timing enables a horse to come out of the...

Not buying Arrogate as Pegasus pacesetter James Scully |

The sense of anticipation reigns supreme for any Thoroughbred racing fan this week as American Horse of the Year California Chrome and Longines World’s Best Racehorse Arrogate battle one final time. It’s a rematch of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), a race that left both camps with their heads high...

The 2017 National Handicapping Championship Playlist Ed DeRosa |

When it comes to music and horse racing events, I approach it more like a soundtrack than a cast recording. These aren’t the songs that most closely match the storyline but the ones I hear as best complementing the experience. When it comes to the National Handicapping Championship, it sounds cool...

‘All Others’ favored, Classic Empire heads individual interests in KDFW Pool 2 Twinspires.com |

Edited Press Release John C. Oxley’s Classic Empire (#3), winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and the champion 2-year-old of 2016, is the individual favorite to win the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented (G1), but the Mutuel Field (#24), or “All Others,” is expected to continue...

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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.