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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.

World Approval gives Casse another star miler John Mucciolo |

Trainer Mark Casse was blessed to train the great Tepin, who won Champion Turf Female honors in both 2015 and 2016, and Canadian turf champ Catch a Glimpse as well. And the conditioner boasts yet another turf performer who is destined to be a champion this season. The comprehensive triumph by...

Kershaw looks to strike in Los Alamitos debut James Scully |

With Clayton Kershaw serving as the ace of a talented pitching staff, the Los Angeles Dodgers appear poised to make a deep run this fall. But before the playoffs get underway, the Thoroughbred namesake of the star pitcher will make his career debut at Los Alamitos on Friday. A $135,000 2-year-old...

Breeders’ Cup implications in Parx graded stakes James Scully |

West Coast stretched his win streak to four recording a 3 ¼-length victory in the August 24 Travers (G1), netting a whopping 112 BRIS Speed rating for the wire-to-wire decision, but his status for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) remains uncertain. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert already...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: The Tabulator |

The Tabulator; winner of the Iroquois Stakes by Alastair Bull After producing a notable 2017 Kentucky Derby runner from his first crop, Darby Dan Farm stallion Dialed In has had another son lay the first marker on the way to the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Florida Derby (G1) winner Dialed In began...

The Jugette And The Buckette Highlight Femme Divisions Frank Cotolo |

Glamour-girl pacers and trotters are featured in this edition during the Little Brown Jug meet in the Jugette and the Buckette. Two short filly fields make up the elimination heats of the Jugette at the Delaware, Ohio fair. The top three-year-old pacer finishers in each elim go on to a final...

Weekend preps yielded various Breeders' Cup clues |

by DICK POWELL Monday night's $400,000 Presque Isle Masters (G2) had some interesting aspects for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). In the past, the race has yielded MUSICAL ROMANCE, who used the Masters as a prep before winning the F&M Sprint in 2011, and then in 2012 and 2013...

Another Plested Powerhouse At $74 To Win; Ariana G Devours Division; What A Hill Avenges In Glamour-Boy Derby Frank Cotolo |

Our biggest priced winner this week was a first-time entry on the horses-to-watch list (H2W), coming from a barn we touted from the start of the current Running Aces meet. Trainer Kathleen Plested came through with Tornado Henry at 36-1 (from headline, see H2W list below). It’s one of a few bulging...

Woodbine Mile one-liners Kellie Reilly |

A five-strong European contingent, plus a few North American-based contenders with top-level credits on their resumes, make for a contentious renewal of the Woodbine Mile (G1). Particularly in such an open-looking race, the free berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Del Mar hinges on who gets the...



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.