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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.

Monomoy Girl 5-1 early favorite in 2018 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager |

Louisiana-based Monomoy Girl, California's unbeaten Dream Tree, and rising star Midnight Bisou head the list of three-year-old fillies among 24 wagering interests set for this week's three-day run of Churchill Downs' 2018 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (KOFW). Reigning two-year-old filly champion...

Chad Brown gets what he wants from Good Magic |

by DICK POWELL Prep races are prep races. They have large purses and graded status but they are still prep races. Bigger targets are down the road and not every horse is primed for a big effort. Saturday's Fountain of Youth (G2) was the perfect example. Last year's champion two-year-old male...

Hot barn should land Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes at Kempton |

by DICK POWELL Weather permitting, the Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes will be run on Wednesday at Kempton Park. Scheduled to be run last Thursday, the meet, as many in Europe have had to, was abandoned due to record cold and snowy conditions.   The top four finishers are due...

2018 Kentucky Derby workout report for March 4 |

The March 3 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park shook up the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard, but it proved to be the lone prep last week after the Road to the Derby Conditions Stakes at Kempton and Dundalk’s Patton Stakes were both postponed due to a winter storm that resulted in...

Short Winners Trounce Winter Storm; $14 Tops Win Prices; Five Exacta Partners With $41 High Frank Cotolo |

Winter Storm Riley kept its promise to do a lot of damage up the North American East Coast with snow, rain and fierce winds, delivering March like a proverbial lion. One of the lesser affects of Riley to the landscape was the cancellation of racing programs. Riley didn’t shut down the entire...

How to play the Fountain of Youth Day Late Pick 5 Vance Hanson |

Marathon cards at Gulfstream Park have become commonplace and Saturday's 14-race bonanza ends with the Fountain of Youth (G2), as does the 50-cent Late Pick 5. Here's how I'll be playing the sequence. Race 10 -- Canadian Turf (G3) -- #1 GALLEON MAST (6-1) has never finished worse than third in 13...

Five things to know for 2018 Fountain of Youth Kellie Reilly |

  As last year’s champion two-year-old male Good Magic returns to action in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park, the 2018 Kentucky Derby (G1) trail just got its biggest player back on the field. But the outcome isn’t a foregone conclusion. Good Magic will meet some useful...

Mucciolo’s graded plays on Fountain of Youth Day at Gulfstream John Mucciolo |

Eight graded races are part of an outstanding 14-race card at Gulfstream Park Saturday, topped by the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) for Kentucky Derby hopefuls. I've taken a look at the action and here are my top choices: The Very One S. (G3), Race 4: #3 DARING DUCHESS will be the one to catch...



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.