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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.

EXTRA: Fear The Dragon Returns For Progress Pace Elim At Dover Frank Cotolo |

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, Dover Downs presents a solo elim to decide the final field for the Hap Hansen Progress Pace. The Brian Brown-trained pacer that led the division, as this blog forecasted at the beginning of this season, supplemented to this event, costing connections $25,000. Fear The...

Powell: Always Dreaming deserving of three-year-old title |

by DICK POWELL I don't make up my mind on any Eclipse Award votes since I wait for all the major stakes races to still be run. Yes, the Breeders' Cup carries extraordinary weight as many divisions are decided on the track, but that doesn't always work out as we saw in a couple of divisions this...

Pool 1 of 2018 Kentucky Derby Future Wager on tap Thanksgiving weekend |

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager Analysis for Pool 1 The first chance to bet on the 2018 Kentucky Derby is almost upon us. Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager opens Thursday; for a period of four days, you can bet on who will win the Derby, what the exacta will be, and which stallion will...

All Others, Curlin top choices in 2018 Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager |

The Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, which features $2 Win and Exacta wagering, will be offered concurrently with Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager from November 23 through 6 p.m. (EST) on November 26. Curlin, the 2007-08 Horse of the Year who has provided 10 winners from 98 juveniles in...

Frosh-Trot Favorite Partners With Our 69-1 Choice For $246 Exacta In Fall-Final-Four Elim; Public Nabs Elims; $31 Winner Tops Prices Frank Cotolo |

More late-season public favorites dominate in the remaining stakes but we managed to squeeze some exotic money from a Fall Final Four elim. At the Meadowlands on Nov. 18, three top favorites and on second choice led the elimination wins. However, one of our choices was super and surprised all...

Handicapping Churchill Downs' Saturday program James Scully |

An 11-race card, including a pair of stakes, is on tap at Churchill Downs Saturday. Windy and rainy conditions are expected and here are my thoughts on the program: Race 1: An October 29 starter allowance at Churchill Downs looks like a key race for this six-horse field. #2 Bye Crazy Eyes and #6...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Happily |

Happily; winner of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere by Alastair Bull Happily paved a new path for trainer Aidan O’Brien when she won the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Fr-G1) at Chantilly in early October. O’Brien had won the race seven times previously, but Happily became the first filly from his...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Good Magic |

Good Magic; winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile by Alastair Bull When a good two-year-old’s sire and damsire both ran brilliantly in the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic, you’ve got to feel confident about their ability to stay 1 1/4 miles. That’s exactly the formula in evidence...



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.