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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 Jeff Ruby Steaks John Mucciolo |

A dozen sophomores will travel nine furlongs on the main oval at Turfway Park in Saturday’s $200,000 Jeff Ruby S. (G3). I will take aim at the vertical exotics in what seems like a fine betting opportunity for a lucrative return. #1 SKY PROMISE recorded a fast-closing second in the John Battaglia...

Five things to know for the 2018 Rebel Stakes Kellie Reilly |

A Kentucky Derby (G1) prep with a $900,000 purse and 50 points to the winner ought to attract a solid field, and Saturday’s Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park has indeed come up a dandy. The 1 1/16-mile stepping stone to the April 14 Arkansas Derby (G1) has the obligatory Bob Baffert shipper with a robust...

Spot Plays for Friday card at Oaklawn Park Vance Hanson |

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Friday's card at Oaklawn is relatively low key compared to what awaits fans on Saturday, but there are few potential plays on the nine-race program which is highlighted by a decent N2X allowance for fillies and mares. 3rd race -- #7 AFTER PARTY (10-1) has to be looked at a...

Powell: How to Bet the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park |

by DICK POWELL Bob Baffert had a productive weekend at Santa Anita with MCKINZIE finishing first across the line in the San Felipe S. (G2) on Saturday and JUSTIFY romping in an allowance race the next day. Baffert will continue the assembly line of top 3yos on Saturday in...

Let The Season Begin: Older Pacers Battle In Yonkers Series With Initial Legs Of ‘Levy’ And Matchmaker Frank Cotolo |

Each year for the past decade, at least, we have sounded the traditional beginning of the stakes season around this time, as two great series for older pacers launch multi-week features at Yonkers Raceway. It’s time for the horse pacers to engage in The George Morton Levy and the mare pacers in the...

Final thoughts on Tampa Bay Derby, Gotham, San Felipe, and Justify |

by DICK POWELL So, what are we to make of last weekend's three-year-old races? I was not impressed by what I saw Saturday in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) when QUIP was able to stalk WORLD OF TROUBLE and take over in the lane. FLAMEAWAY rallied nicely for third and the betting favorite, VINO ROSSO,...

Kentucky Derby Sophomore Spotlight: San Felipe, Tampa Bay Derby, Gotham John Mucciolo |

A trio of major prep races took place over the weekend, with a few standout performers stating their cases as prime Kentucky Derby contenders. SAN FELIPE (G2) Grade 1 winners BOLT D’ORO and MCKINZIE turned for home in a virtual deadlock and put on a show with a thrilling stretch drive to the...

Spiraling Up to the Kentucky Derby Vance Hanson |

The story behind Turfway Park's Kentucky Derby prep-race Though it was something he had done likely tens of thousands of times before, Mike Battaglia’s apprehension was palpable, then vocalized, to several guests in the Turfway Park announcer’s booth on the evening of Feb. 23. Before climbing...



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.