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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.

We’re Pushing Up Possible Exotic Prices With Unpopular Pacers; March Towards March Harness Madness In Progress Frank Cotolo |

Contenders from our special vault adorn many races with all types of harness wagers again this week in our blog’s popular presentations, Partners For Picks (PFP), Power Plays (PPS) and for other personally selected features as we continue to battle what we hope are the last breaths of winter, which...

Spot Plays for Sam Houston's Maxxam Racing Festival Vance Hanson |

Saturday night's nine-race program at Sam Houston features four stakes and an offer for customers to get their Win bets back all evening. Players that opt in and wager at least $50 on the card can get their Win bets back up to $10 per race if their selections finish second or third....

An early look at Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager |

by Dick Powell Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) will be available in a few weeks but it’s not too soon to start paying attention to it as the division has become very fluid lately. The Risen Star Stakes (G2) was run last Saturday at Fair Grounds and, while it provided an exciting...

Powell: Magnum Moon, Justify new stars of three-year-old class |

by DICK POWELL There were lots of stakes races run over the President's Day weekend, but the two stars of the week came in an allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs and a maiden special weight race at Santa Anita.   On January 13, Todd Pletcher unveiled MAGNUM MOON in a six-furlong dirt sprint...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Bravazo |

Bravazo (Hodges Photography) Risen Star Stakes Winner Bravazo by Alastair Bull Calumet Farm has been the most successful owner and breeder of Kentucky Derby winners, but it’s been a long time since it was last successful. In 2018, the Calumet team will be hoping Bravazo can put them back...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Sumahama |

Sumahama (Tomoya Moriuchi/ Hyacinth Stakes Winner Sumahama by Alastair Bull The 1989 Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence became the ultimate breed-shaping stallion in Japanese Thoroughbred history, siring more than 170 stakes winners. There’s now a chance one of his...

Mucciolo's bookending singles for Oaklawn Late Pick 5 |

by JOHN MUCCIOLO The lucrative, $500,000 Southwest S. (G3) is the Monday feature at Oaklawn Park, and I will take aim at the Late Pick 5: Race 6: Maiden special weight run for sophomores going a mile attracts a fairly well-matched cast. #3 LIONITE is a must use in his seasonal debut for Asmussen...

How I'm playing the Southwest Day Late Pick 5 at Oaklawn Vance Hanson |

Four races for three-year-olds -- the Southwest (G3), two allowances, and a maiden -- plus the Razorback H. (G3) for older horses comprise Monday's intriguing Late Pick 5 sequence at Oaklawn Park. Race 6 -- #3 LIONITE (5-2) placed twice at Saratoga last summer and was fourth in the Breeders'...



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.