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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.

Baffert poised for Grade 1 Double at Los Alamitos John Mucciolo |

A pair of Grade 1 tilts for juveniles will take place at Los Alamitos on Saturday and Bob Baffert will have a big say in the outcome in each of those races. In the $300,000 Futurity (G1), the silver-haired trainer will saddle two of the five entered in the field with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1)...

Shapiro’s Los Alamitos Futurity and Starlet Pick 5 analysis Twinspires.com |

by Scott Shapiro First and foremost I want to express my deepest condolences to all of those who were affected by the catastrophic fire at San Luis Rey Training Center in Bonsall, California, on Wednesday. I also wanted to thank all of the brave souls who risked their lives to save the equine...

Global Symposium on Racing focused upon ideas and research Twinspires.com |

by Dick Powell I had the pleasure of attending the University of Arizona’s 44th annual Global Symposium on Racing this week and, unlike other years, there were some excellent ideas and research. Throughout this year’s symposium, the cloud of sports betting was hanging over the events as nobody...

Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report: Remsen Stakes James Scully |

One of the biggest surprises heading into the winter has been the impact of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). Nobody expects to see it produce Kentucky Derby contenders, but the one-mile turf test at Del Mar is defying conventional standards this year. The top two from the Juvenile Turf,...

Strong Selected Features; Single-Race Power Plays Present Outside Contenders For Exotic Cash; Pick-3 For Pumped-Up Prices Frank Cotolo |

  Winter is setting in and stakes racehorses are relaxing until after their birthdays on Jan. 1. However, the shrewd bettor never rests and we are, as we do every year, prepared to address selected features at racetracks across North America to keep TwinSpires account-holders at work to...

Handicapping Insights: Winners all around in re-scheduled Aqueduct stakes Twinspires.com |

by DICK POWELL The decision by the New York Racing Association to push back their Thanksgiving weekend stakes races to this past Saturday turned out to be a good one. By providing an extra week's rest after the Breeders' Cup, the quartet of graded stakes races attracted horses that never would...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Ruggero Twinspires.com |

Ruggero; winner of the Cattleya Sho by Alastair Bull The winner of the first race in Japan’s Road to the 2018 Kentucky Derby may find his way to Churchill Downs. If he does, his stamina as well as his class may be called into question. Having his first start on dirt after three turf runs...

Fearless Progress Pace; Favorites Furious In Delaware Finals, Exotics; $11 Winner Tops Prices Frank Cotolo |

We move on as December emerges. After the last of the season’s featured stakes we plowed through the first weekend with our selected features and a bevy of suggested contenders to play in any pool and also consider in single- and multi-race exotics. The Progress Pace on Thursday, Nov. 30 went...

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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.