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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.

How to bet the 2018 Cotillion Stakes Vance Hanson |

Will Saturday's $1 million Cotillion (G1) at Parx for three-year-old fillies produce another coronation for divisional leader Monomoy Girl or is an upset possible? That's the immediate question facing handicappers looking at the 1 1/16-mile event. While champion fillies like Ashado, Untapable,...

Historic Buckette And Jugette Stakes Test Sophomore Filly Pacers And Trotters At Delaware, Ohio Fair Frank Cotolo |

Here are the races for week six of the 2018 Breeders Crown Countdown (BCC), the exclusive blog that coordinates with our weekly harness blog at TwinSpires.com and the Hambletonian Society to find great wagering opportunities for "Crown" eligible horses (noted in all texts with an “e” next to...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Cairo Cat Vance Hanson |

Cairo Cat got the 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby series started last Saturday when registering a half-length upset over favorite Tight Ten in the $150,000 Iroquois (G3) at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/16-mile Iroquois, worth 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, was the first of three...

Roaring Lion, Laurens among five Breeders' Cup Challenge winners over Irish Champions Weekend Twinspires.com |

by DICK POWELL Ireland had five major stakes races that were designated Breeders’ Cup Challenge races where the winner is guaranteed a berth in their corresponding race, money towards pre-entry/entry fees and travel stipends. For these horses and their international travel needs, it amounts to...

Exclusive: ‘Jug’ Weekday Fair Racing Action Report Frank Cotolo |

For weekday action through Wednesday, Sept. 19, check the TwinSpires harness blog for spot plays at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. The Breeders Crown Countdown will cover the Wednesday feature races, the Jugette and the Buckette for pacing and trotting soph fillies, respectively and our...

2018 Breeders' Cup News & Notes Twinspires.com |

The 35th edition of the Breeders' Cup World Championships returns to historic Churchill Downs on November 2-3, and TwinSpires.com is your one-stop shop for news, analysis and more! The final major preps are just around the corner, so check back each day for new stories and handicapping information...

2019 Kentucky Derby News & Notes Twinspires.com |

The Road to the Kentucky Derby kicked off with a bang in the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on September 15, and now it's full speed ahead to the first Saturday in May and the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby! The anticipation will continue to build in the coming months, and...

Scores In Mohawk Features Include Upsets At $11, $10 While Favorites Win Most; H2W Exacta Partners A-Plenty As 49 Percent Hit The Board Frank Cotolo |

  The major feature action on Sept. 14 at Mohawk resulted in a few decent prices for our contenders, decent considering the strength of public opinion on the stakes-laden program. The horses-to-watch list (H2W) delivered a lot of exactas with favorites and soared with in-the-money activity...

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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.