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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.

Using herd dynamics in handicapping Ed DeRosa |

editor's note: The Thomas Herding Technique two-year-olds patterns of motion analysis report is available at and profiles many of the juveniles who competed in maiden races at Del Mar...

Autumn Almanac Frank Cotolo |

This week the Grand Circuit arrives as the leaves turn orange and the grass stays blue, so to speak, in Lexington, Kentucky. The other color involved is red—The Red Mile. Thanks to Nick Salvi, who is representing the two-week GC stint, we have a lot of the important facts concerning the first big...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon 09/26 by TwinSpires Radio | Blog Talk Radio Derek Simon |

Ed DeRosa and Derek Simon discuss the importance — or lack thereof — of the morning line, as well as takeout rates and a bunch of other stuff.Derek also relates a key component of the Sartin Methodology to his latest column for TwinSpires, "Thinking Small."TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek...

Include Me Out left out Ed DeRosa |

In a year of "wide open" Eclipse Award divisions, one filly routinely gets left out of division leader discussions, and that's Include Me Out, whose pairs of Grade 1 and Grade 2 wins easily stands tallest among her peers in the older female division.No other older female has multiple Grade 1 wins...

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

Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Thursday, Sept. 20 at Delaware, Ohio, resulted in a parade of public choices. That, as our readers know, is not the kind of atmosphere where we thrive.   On Sept. 19, Jugette day, the first or second choices in 17 races won 65 percent of the time. That was just an...

Weekend Value Derek Simon |

I talk a lot about value betting, so, in this week’s column, I thought I would graphically illustrate what I’ve been jabbering about. I’m going to do that by taking a peek at some of the marquee — and a few not-so-marquee — races on Saturday and offer my betting suggestions and fair odds. Let’s...

It's officially Breeders' Cup prep season Ed DeRosa |

The Breeders' Cup prep races that will receive the most attention are those held five and four weeks out from the World Championships on November 2-3 at Santa Anita Park, but this week's races will surely produce some BC starters and maybe even a couple favorites should Questing and/or Turbulent...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast: The Thomas Herding Technique Derek Simon |

Ed DeRosa and Derek Simon discuss jockey Eswan Flores’ suspension for alleged cocaine use along with stewards rulings in general. They also talk about Wise Dan’s ascension to no. 1 in the NTRA poll, as well as that steed’s Horse of the Year chances… oh yeah, they chat about feces-flinging monkeys...



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.