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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.

Handicapping Saturday’s Late Pick 4 at Saratoga |

by Dick Powell There’s no bet at the racetrack that leads to more “woulda,” “coulda,” and “shouldas” than the Pick 4. Everyone you meet seems to have a tale of woe. “I woulda had it if my single hit the first leg.” “I coulda had it if spread out more in the last leg.” Or my personal favorite when...

Adios Pace Showdown; Big Time Massachusetts Trots; Green Trotters Battle For Berths Frank Cotolo |

Just when you thought this time of the harness stakes season couldn’t become more jazzed, along comes a new huge event to commingle with the attractions on tap. Of all places, Plainridge Racecourse hosts the first Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and some of the best older trotters get a whiff of...

Eighteen Fillies Fight In Set of ‘Oaks’ Elims; Colts Undergo Final Hambo Preparations Frank Cotolo |

The two eliminations for the 2017 renewal of the Hambletonian Oaks are set for the Saturday, July 29 program at the Meadowlands, with two sets of glamour-boy trots on the undercard featuring potential starters for the $1.5-million Hambletonian. Ariana G, who has demonstrated her superiority...

San Diego proved a perfect spot for ‘bridgejumpers’ |

by Dick Powell There’s an old horse racing saying about “They all get beat.” While that is not always true, it certainly did not seem like it would apply to ARROGATE (Unbridled’s Song) in Saturday’s San Diego Handicap (G2) at Del Mar. Sent off at 1-20 odds in a five-horse field, at no point in...

A Tale of Two Fillies Jennifer Caldwell |

One was making her graded debut; the other sought a third straight Grade 1. One drew off to win by nine lengths; the other barely scored a head victory. The fillies in question – Dream It Is and Abel Tasman – are both now riding a three-race win streak after capturing their latest starts on...

Wednesday Del Mar Pick 6 observations from Shapiro |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO The racing week at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club commences Wednesday afternoon with a Pick 6 carryover of $96,599.72 in addition to the jackpot for a single ticket of $89,338.58. The sequence starts in Race 3 with an open $32,000 claimer run at one mile over the lawn and...

Main track produces slower times, race-riding tactics in spotlight during opening week at Saratoga |

By DICK POWELL The first four days of Saratoga are in the books and some interesting things happened that bear watching. This year, there was clay and sand added to the main track in an effort to get all three main tracks at NYRA as similar as they can. The first noticeable factor was how slow...

How To Bet the Prince of Wales 2017 at Fort Erie Ed DeRosa |

The second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown is Tuesday, July 25, at Fort Erie Racetrack, and I have a strong opinion that the favorite is worth a win bet at 6-to-5 or better. I have made a fair odds line for the 7-horse field and based on the morning line, anticipate #5 Tiz A Slam and #1 Spirit...



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.