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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.

Mid-week action at Meadows Frank Cotolo |

Check out the Wednesday, June 5 Currier...

Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes Frank Cotolo |

It was a stakes-filled weekend and if you like the headline events get used to it because we are just starting with the big-purse flow. Let’s start this review with our good-news wins.  At the Meadows we nailed the $178 exacta in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) for soph-colt pacers with Our...

Understanding Form Cycles Derek Simon |

It’s no secret that I’m not enamored with the "bounce theory" — the notion that a tough race will knock a horse off its game for weeks or months at a time. In my opinion, this theory, which was first espoused by followers of “The Sheets” (a term applied to both Len Ragozin’s speed figure serviceof...

Powerful Pacing Parade Frank Cotolo |

Pacers adorn this weekend’s highlights, with older and younger fields in combat. For the mare pacers there are two generously pursed Golden Girl divisions at the Meadowlands and there are two New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) finals for sophomore pacers on a huge Saturday program. More sophomores vie...

Hit it or win it? The ULW dilemma Ed DeRosa |

Bettors walk a fine line between trying to "hit" their wagers and maximizing profit from them.As a multi-race player, I constantly struggle with ULWs--underlaid likely winners--and how to use them.

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon 05/29 by TwinSpires Radio | Blog Talk Radio Derek Simon |

Derek Simon and Ed DeRosa discuss the 2013 campaign of defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan, as well as the future prospects of top three-year-olds Orb an Verrazano.In the U. of Bet segment, Dave Schwartz is back and he offers an interesting way for “traditional” handicappers to answer that time-...

Turning $20 to show into $10,000 Ed DeRosa |

We're still 11 days out, but the Belmont Stakes (click for FREE Ultimate PPs of possible entrants) is shaping up to be a fantastic race as part of an always-fascinating card at Belmont Park.Many of us (including the Players Pool) will attempt to conquer the $1-million...

Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes Frank Cotolo |

Hello from my neighborhood track, Penn National Racecourse (see photo by Sharon Hindermyer). Here I was by the paddock, sheltered from the rain pelting the track, watching my thoroughbred-trainer friend Frank Cifarelli walk his steed before sending it to the gate in a maiden-claiming event recently...



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.