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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 Hal's Hope |

by Dick Powell Hal’s Hope won Gulfstream Park’s Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at 40-1 in 2000 when he went to the front and never looked back. He proved it was no fluke when he was second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and then won the Florida Derby (G1). Two years later, he won the Crème Fraiche...

Kentucky Derby Sophomore Spotlight: Risen Star & Southwest Stakes John Mucciolo |

A pair of Kentucky Derby preps highlighted the past week of racing, with two upsets leading the way. 2018 Risen Star: The D. Wayne Lukas-trained BRAVAZO followed up a game allowance tally at Oaklawn with a brave nose victory in the Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds and earned his initial graded win...

Chaos Theory a colt to watch John Mucciolo |

Race 6 at Fair Grounds on Sunday was for sophomores going about 5 ½ furlongs on the turf and a solid field of youngsters went postward. A first-time starter proved to be tons the best and I think the winner, CHAOS THEORY, is going to be a really nice one. Trained by Mark Casse, the $260,000...

We’re Pushing Up Possible Exotic Prices With Unpopular Pacers; March Towards March Harness Madness In Progress Frank Cotolo |

Contenders from our special vault adorn many races with all types of harness wagers again this week in our blog’s popular presentations, Partners For Picks (PFP), Power Plays (PPS) and for other personally selected features as we continue to battle what we hope are the last breaths of winter, which...

Spot Plays for Sam Houston's Maxxam Racing Festival Vance Hanson |

Saturday night's nine-race program at Sam Houston features four stakes and an offer for customers to get their Win bets back all evening. Players that opt in and wager at least $50 on the card can get their Win bets back up to $10 per race if their selections finish second or third....

An early look at Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager |

by Dick Powell Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) will be available in a few weeks but it’s not too soon to start paying attention to it as the division has become very fluid lately. The Risen Star Stakes (G2) was run last Saturday at Fair Grounds and, while it provided an exciting...

Powell: Magnum Moon, Justify new stars of three-year-old class |

by DICK POWELL There were lots of stakes races run over the President's Day weekend, but the two stars of the week came in an allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs and a maiden special weight race at Santa Anita.   On January 13, Todd Pletcher unveiled MAGNUM MOON in a six-furlong dirt sprint...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Bravazo |

Bravazo (Hodges Photography) Risen Star Stakes Winner Bravazo by Alastair Bull Calumet Farm has been the most successful owner and breeder of Kentucky Derby winners, but it’s been a long time since it was last successful. In 2018, the Calumet team will be hoping Bravazo can put them back...



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.