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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.

Art Rooney Exacta Partner (53-1) Delivers $21 With 1-9 Choice; Running Aces, Rosecroft Winners Top Prices At $19 Each Frank Cotolo |

The H2W (horses-to-watch list) presented the top winning prices this week (see below) but we were in deep contention, even though the public was sharp in volume. The Molson Pace at Western Fair on May 26 was a total wash, with the mega favorite winning even though some handicappers (not us)...

Trying to beat the favorite in the All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Jennifer Caldwell |

The $100,000 All American Stakes (G3) at Golden Gate Fields on Memorial Day Monday drew a field of nine runners, and multiple Grade 2 winner Alert Bay (#6) has been installed as the 2-1 favorite. There’s no denying the Blaine Wright trainee’s talent, especially over the track (6-2-4-0), but his...

Horses of interest: Big Apple Showcase Day Kellie Reilly |

Belmont Park’s Memorial Day card is dedicated to the New York-breds, and a handful strike me as “horses of interest” with potential to outperform their morning-line odds. 2ND Race: #4 Lem Me Dance (8-1) is the least experienced in this competitive entry-level allowance, and she’s also spotting...

Memorial Day Spot Plays at Santa Anita |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO On Monday afternoon Santa Anita Park offers racing fans a special holiday card remembering those that gave their lives to defend our country. A pair of $200,000 Cal-bred stakes races headlines the nine-race slate. The 22nd running of the Melair for three-year-old fillies...

American Freedom, Follow Me Crev key to Late Pick 4 at Santa Anita James Scully |

The $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) highlights the Late Pick 4 (Races 6-9) and I will use American Freedom and Follow Me Crev on my tickets. The former should be primed for a top showing after a less-than-favorable trip in his return while the latter is eligible to receive a perfect set-up...

Second off layoff types intriguing in Saturday graded stakes Vance Hanson |

Saturday's C$175,000 Nassau (G2) at (Race 8, Woodbine) features a first-ever meeting between the last two Canadian Horses of the Year, Catch a Glimpse (2015) and Caren (2016), in a race won last year by the 2014 Canadian Horse of the Year Lexie Lou. As much as it may be a proving ground for...

The Late Pick 4 on Gold Cup Day |

by Scott Shapiro The late Pick 4 on Gold Cup Day at Santa Anita Park offers four full field events, including the Grade 2 Monrovia run down the hill and the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita conducted as the 8TH race on the nine-race card. As always, pressing your strong opinions and spreading as...

How to Wager on the Gold Cup |

by Scott Shapiro Saturday’s nine-race card features four graded stakes races and is headlined by the 78th running of the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. The 1 1/4-mile event did not draw a star-studded field in 2017, but offers horseplayers a competitive group of older male horses with several...



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.