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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.

Siding with potential over experience in Prince of Wales Vance Hanson |

Besides the improbability of getting qualified under the current Road to the Kentucky Derby Series points system, on its face it seems extremely far-fetched that America's most revered race could ever be won by a horse making its second lifetime start. A similar feeling wasn't all that widespread...

Short but select field expected for Jim Dandy James Scully |

Triple Crown race winners Always Dreaming and Cloud Computing will bring star power to Saturday’s $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga. A prep for the $1.25 million Travers (G1) on August 26, the 1 1/8-mile event is often overshadowed by the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park a...

Enable may aim to dethrone Highland Reel in King George Kellie Reilly |

After demolishing fellow three-year-old fillies in the Oaks (G1) at Epsom and the Irish Oaks (G1) last time out July 15, Enable appears set to wheel back versus older males in Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth (G1) at Ascot. The “Win & You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1)...

A tale of two superstar favorites: Lady Eli lives up to billing, Arrogate flops Kellie Reilly |

If Lady Eli’s Diana (G1) was just the dandy we eagerly hoped for, Arrogate’s flop in the San Diego (G2) was a letdown as gigantic as it was unexpected. Their divergent performances on Saturday throw into relief their long-term career contrasts. Lady Eli has had attitude right from the beginning,...

Running Aces’ Amazing $54 Winner; Century Score At $34; Fear The Dragon Vs. Huntsville Next Week Frank Cotolo |

Check out the horses-to-watch list for our headline winners at Running Aces and Century Downs. Next week’s Adios Pace at the Meadowswill match the glamour-boy-pacing division’s two top colts, Fear The Dragon and Huntsville. Both won their Adios elims on July 22. We warned they could each make...

Del Mar’s upcoming 7TH race features Futurity nominees Kellie Reilly |

Among the warm-up acts for Arrogate at Del Mar today, the most intriguing may be the 7TH race (8:03 p.m. ET). The five-furlong maiden for two-year-olds has attracted seven Del Mar Futurity (G1) nominees, including two expensive sales juveniles whose attractiveness exceeded their pedigrees....

Exotic plays with Arrogate James Scully |

Arrogate, the world’s top-ranked horse, returns to action in Saturday’s San Diego H. (G2). Scheduled for 9:03 p.m. (ET), the 1 1/16-mile race attracted five undistinguished challengers and Arrogate should be 1-9 on the tote board as he seeks his eighth straight victory. The Bob Baffert-trained son...

How to bet Del Mar's Late Pick 4 starring Arrogate |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO The first Saturday of the Del Mar summer meeting is upon us and is headlined by the presence of the great Arrogate. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner has not been seen since his last to first victory in the $10 million dollar Dubai World Cup back in March, but looked...



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.