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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 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot John Mucciolo |

A dozen will run six furlongs on the Royal Ascot turf in Saturday’s $810,000 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Eng-G1). The turf sprint lacks a clear-cut favorite and will be a dynamite event from both a viewing and wagering standpoint. Check out the FREE Royal Ascot Betting Guide! Here’s the field: #1...

Hambletonian Future Wager Open Frank Cotolo |

  The 93rd Hambletonian is coming at us quickly. Here’s an opportunity to catch some great prices in the August classic, again at the Meadowlands in 2018, and take advantage of a special TwinSpires offer, with a bet or two or three or more that may increase in value before the big event is...

Probing for value on Royal Ascot Friday Kellie Reilly |

After my so-called value options spectacularly failed in Thursday’s Group races at Royal Ascot, the consolation was that the winners were among the obvious players, and logical results are always welcome. That said, we’ll turn the page to Friday’s Group action, where the favorites may again hold a...

Pocono Parades Current Division Stars In Stakes Elims—Lather Up Returns; Filly Pacers Purse-Hungry At Yonkers Frank Cotolo |

  The 2018 stakes journey is in full swing as June rolls to an end, and with the debut of two-year-old races adding to the schedule the action multiplies for each sex and gait in every division. The scene for summer’s opening is the mountains of Pennsylvania, where Pocono Downs offers...

Elims For Colts In Earl Beale, Jr. At Pocono; Fillies In Sires Stakes Battle For Bucks At Tioga Frank Cotolo |

  Focus on the Hambletonian Trail shifts to Pocono Downs on Saturday, June 23, with hopefuls competing in three eliminations for the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial (EBM). Then, on Sunday, June 24, Tioga hosts three filly-trotter New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) splits. At Pocono, a trio of...

Price horses worth a look at Royal Ascot Thursday Kellie Reilly |

After the 9-1 Expert Eye saved me from a Wednesday shut-out at Royal Ascot, hoping that’s a sign of better fortune carrying over into Thursday. The 1ST Race, the Norfolk S. (G2) for two-year-olds over five furlongs, may be the toughest hurdle to clear in the Pick 4 – unless you think Wesley Ward’s...

Cracksman a popular single in Wednesday's Pick 4 at Royal Ascot Vance Hanson |

Unless you're talking about a Brown Jack or a Yeats (and maybe Frankel), there are no sure things at Royal Ascot. No lead-pipe cinches. However, many bettors often rely on the near equivalent of these, also known as "singles" or "free squares," to keep the cost down on multi-race wagers. The...

Bet the Royal Ascot Pick 4 for Tuesday June 19 |

  Bet Royal Ascot's Pick 4 Day 1, Tuesday June 19, 2018 by Dick Powell Race 3: #10 LADY AURELIA is the defending champion and she gets firm ground. Daughter of SCAT DADDY won here the past two years and comes in here off a good prep at Keeneland for Wesley Ward. #9 WASHINGTON...



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.