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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.

Pure Sensation's chances in Hong Kong Sprint: a look at trends and Soumillon's take Kellie Reilly |

Turf sprinter Pure Sensation represents the lone American chance in Sunday's Hong Kong International Races, and the Christophe Clement trainee must stare down two trends: the lack of American success on this program, and the prevalence of locally based winners in the Hong Kong Sprint (G1) itself....

“Full of beans,” “kicking his brands off,” and other quotables from Hong Kong notes Kellie Reilly |

While our own Vance Hanson is en route to Hong Kong after travel delays, the Hong Kong Jockey Club publicity team is again furnishing detailed notes in the build-up to Sunday’s International Races. Here’s a selection of the salient material from Monday’s training hours. Defending Hong Kong Vase (...

Travel Woes Delay Hanson's Hong Kong Arrival But Don't Dampen His Spirit Vance Hanson |

Whenever there is racing involved, it appears I'm a particular target of the travel gods' schadenfreude. Rather than taking in a late supper at the well-reviewed Megan's Kitchen on Wanchai Road Monday night as originally planned, I'll just be hoping to make it to Hong Kong at all after being...

Drefong is easy but female sprinters are a little muddled Jennifer Caldwell |

Rounding out my nominees and picks for the 2016 Eclipse Awards are the sprinters. Male Sprinter – Drefong, A. P. Indian, Masochistic It’s kind of hard to look past DREFONG for champion sprinter. The bay son of Gio Ponti is four-for-four on the year, capping off 2016 with easy wins in the King’s...

Miss Temple City prevails in Matriarch Jennifer Caldwell |

Miss Temple City was sent off the 8-5 favorite in Sunday’s $302,070 Matriarch Stakes (G1) at Del Mar, and the popular filly lived up to all expectations with a hard-fought nose victory under Edgar Prado. The dark bay miss tracked just a few horses behind the pacesetting Stays in Vegas while three...

Photo Gallery of 2016 Claiming Crown Winners Jennifer Caldwell |

Claiming Crown Distaff Dash – SPECTACULAR ME Claiming Crown Rapid Transit – SHAFT OF LIGHT Claiming Crown Glass Slipper – TORMENTA DE ORO Claiming Crown Express – DEFER HEAVEN Claiming Crown Iron Horse – CHEPSTOW Claiming Crown Canterbury – SUPER SPENDER Claiming Crown Tiara –...

Sound True hits a high note in Champions Cup |

Edited Press Release Hiroshi Yamada’s Sound True avenged a third-place finish in last year’s Champions Cup (Jpn-G1) when stealing away the 2016 title from race favorite Awardee in the last two strides. Breaking smoothly from stall 8, Sound True was eased back to second from the rear by jockey...

Overnight Overtures With A Pair Of $30-Plus Winners And More Double-Digit Scores, Including Win And Place Frank Cotolo |

The Western Pacing Derby was the main event at Northlands Park on Dec. 3. As we warned, the king of Alberta harness, Keith Clark, won with his even-money colt, Appellate. We gave readers the place horse, which was our second choice, Blue Star Jet ($7.70, $4.70), who completed the exacta, worth $29....



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.