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How to bet Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park Twinspires.com |

Belmont Park (c) NYRA/Adam Mooshian/Adam Coglianese Photography by Dick Powell RACE 2 The New York-bred stakes action for Saturday’s Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park kicks off in the 2ND race – the Iroquois Stakes for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track. PICCO UNO...

How to bet the 2018 Grey Stakes at Woodbine Twinspires.com |

Jammin Still breaking his maiden on September 28 at Woodbine (c) WEG/Michael Burns Photography by Dick Powell This year’s Grey Stakes (Can-G3) from Woodbine will be run three weeks later than last year’s renewal, which means there is only two weeks to go from here to the Breeders’ Cup. At 1 1/...

Kristufek: Do 3YOs or Older Horses hold Breeders' Cup edge? Twinspires.com |

  Breeders' Cup Analysis: 3yo vs. Older - Who Has the Edge? by Joe Kristrufek How 3yo’s have fared in each of the nine eligible Breeders’ Cup races (% of wins). Race   #  3yo Older...

How to bet the Raven Run Stakes John Mucciolo |

Alter Moon captures the Azalea Stakes at Gulfstream Park (c) Adam Coglianese Photography An overflow field of 16 will go postward in the Saturday feature at Keeneland, the $250,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2). Sophomore fillies will travel seven-eighths on the dirt in what appears to be a fine...

Breeders’ Cup Classic clues from Dubai World Cup night Kellie Reilly |

Thunder Snow (c) Dubai Racing Club As many as six Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) contenders competed on the March 31 Dubai World Cup (G1) card. Three won their respective races in track-record time at Meydan, while the others’ efforts in defeat range from tactical second-guessing to total toss. No...

Breeders Crown Eliminations Adorn Pocono Program Friday, Saturday, With Best Of The Divisions Starring Frank Cotolo |

  It’s time to set up the fields for the 2018 Breeders Crown championship finals. That is done at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (Downs) on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, with elimination races in divisions where necessary. This blog covers the set-ups as terrific individual wagering propositions and...

Frosh-Filly Trotters And Pacers Present Full Fields In Breeders Crown Eliminations—Offering Awesome Betting Opportunities Frank Cotolo |

  Here are races for the elimination-round weekend 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. The divisions covered race Friday, Oct. 19...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Complexity Kellie Reilly |

Unbeaten Champagne (G1) winner Complexity is living up to his pedigree now, but he’ll have to transcend it to stay the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Kentucky Derby (G1). Complexity is by Maclean’s Music, who famously won his only career start, a six-furlong maiden at Santa Anita, in a brilliant 1:07....

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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.