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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.

2018 Kentucky Derby News & Notes |

The clock has started ticking down the days until the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs, and it’s already full-speed ahead at! This year features some exciting new opportunities for horses from around the world to make the Run for the Roses. Not only has...

2018 Kentucky Derby workout report for February 25 |

While no prep races over the weekend meant no movement on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard, plenty of action still took place this past week in terms of works. Many runners are gearing up for the next stage on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, the Championship portion of the points series. Fair...

Features Packed With Exotic Contenders; $44 Winner At Flamboro Tops Win Prices; H2W Has 58-Percent Across The Board Frank Cotolo |

It was another productive week with features and our horses-to-watch (H2W) list with the better-priced contenders excelling and choices turning out to be obvious to the public becoming moot. Here is the chronological analysis of our suggested contenders.   Thursday, Feb. 22 Saratoga...

Saturday Pick 4 at Gulfstream Park John Mucciolo |

The $100,000 Hal’s Hope S. (G3) serves as Saturday’s feature at Gulfstream Park and a strong field of eight will go postward. It’s part of a challenging (aren’t they all) Pick 4 sequence. Race 10: A baker’s dozen of sophomores will go seven panels on the dirt to kick off the Pick 4. #1 KING...

Shapiro's analysis of Daytona and Wishing Well Stakes |

by Scott Shapiro A pair of stakes races down the hillside turf course, including the Daytona Stakes (G3), headline a 10-race Saturday afternoon card at Santa Anita Park. The $150,000 Daytona drew a much smaller field than the restricted $70,000 Wishing Well, which is for older fillies and mares...

How to Bet the Hal's Hope |

by Dick Powell Hal’s Hope won Gulfstream Park’s Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at 40-1 in 2000 when he went to the front and never looked back. He proved it was no fluke when he was second in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) and then won the Florida Derby (G1). Two years later, he won the Crème Fraiche...

Kentucky Derby Sophomore Spotlight: Risen Star & Southwest Stakes John Mucciolo |

A pair of Kentucky Derby preps highlighted the past week of racing, with two upsets leading the way. 2018 Risen Star: The D. Wayne Lukas-trained BRAVAZO followed up a game allowance tally at Oaklawn with a brave nose victory in the Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds and earned his initial graded win...

Chaos Theory a colt to watch John Mucciolo |

Race 6 at Fair Grounds on Sunday was for sophomores going about 5 ½ furlongs on the turf. A solid field of youngsters went postward and a first-time starter proved to be tons the best. And I think the winner, CHAOS THEORY, is going to be a really nice one. Trained by Mark Casse, the $260,000...



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.