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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.

Powell's impressions of Breeders' Cup 2017 in its Del Mar debut |

by Dick Powell The Breeders’ Cup is over and I am in an airport waiting to go back home to Saratoga. Some impressions before they begin to fade and blur. Being a Saratoga guy, this was my first trip to Del Mar. Never had the time before but the Breeders’ Cup made it a perfect reason to go, even...

Stream Of Seconds Spawn Exactas In Features; $14 Cal-Expo Winner Tops Prices As 43-Percent Hit The Board Frank Cotolo |

A sprinkling of seconds were delivered throughout our features this past weekend and our best winning price came in the horses-to-watch list (see H2W below). Hoosier Park’s redux of stakes on Nov. 5, featured many Breeders Crown participants from the week before. We went with some of them but...

Vulnerable favorites and logical longshots focus of exciting Breeders’ Cup Saturday Jennifer Caldwell |

The 34th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships visited Del Mar, “Where the Turf Meets the Surf,” for the first time on Friday and Saturday, November 3-4, providing an exciting exhibition of some of the finest Thoroughbred race horses on Planet Earth. The day was capped off by Gun Runner...

No question about Horse of the Year, but a few minor Eclipse debates remain Vance Hanson |

Gun Runner's scintillating performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Saturday night was worthy of a Horse of the Year, which he will undoubtedly be voted when ballots are dispersed to the electorate next month. Lasting the entire 1 1/4 miles, a distance he was zero-for-three at going into the...

Forever Unbridled, sophomores highlight brilliant Breeders’ Cup Friday Jennifer Caldwell |

A gutsy half-length victory by Forever Unbridled in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) capped off a stellar Breeders’ Cup Friday at Del Mar. The Charles Fipke homebred held off fast-closing three-year-old filly Abel Tasman to secure the win and go three-for-three thus far in 2017 for trainer Dallas...

Ulysses scratch forces Pick 4 adjustment James Scully |

I previewed Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup program prior to the scratch of Ulysses, my top choice in the Turf, and his removal has forced me to make some adjustments to my wagers on the late Pick 4. Juvenile favorite Bolt d’Oro will be singled on a pair of tickets. Here are the Pick 4 tickets I am...

Lady Aurelia key to early Pick 4 on Breeders’ Cup Saturday James Scully |

In my analysis of the Breeders’ Cup Saturday program, I misidentified the early Pick 4 as being races 4-7 when it’s actually begins with the Turf Sprint (race 5) and runs through the TwinSpires Sprint (race 8). I will single Lady Aurelia on my Pick 4 ticket and use multiple horses in the final...

Thoughts on multi-race betting strategies for Breeders' Cup Saturday Vance Hanson |

With no Pick 5 available, bettors concentrating their multi-race play solely on Saturday's eight Breeders' Cup races will have to make do with the Pick 6, two Pick 4s, plus the customary rolling Doubles and Pick 3s. The first Pick 4 starts in the Turf Sprint (G1), where Lady Aurelia figures to be...



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.