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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.

Handicapping inaugural running of $10 million The Everest |

by Dick Powell Tonight at 1:15 am (EDT), The Everest Stakes will be run for $10 million (Australian dollars) at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Australia going about six furlongs on the right-handed course. If you like to do research on races before you bet, all you have to do is search The...

Cox’s Plate next & speculating on Winx’s future |

By Dick Powell The $3 million Cox Plate (G1) is Australia’s premier horse race.  No, not the two-mile $6 million Melbourne Cup (G1) run under handicap conditions on the first Tuesday of November where the marathon distance and high weights scare away many of the top horses. But the Cox Plate...

International Trot Headlines Big Yonkers Program; State And Province Super Finals On Parade Frank Cotolo |

With the Breeders Crown elims a week away, raceway circuits look to settle local crowns. Indiana and Ontario holds super finals and New York gathers its best for state-bred finals at Yonkers, where also gather world-wide stars for the $1-million International Trot. In Ohio, Northfield welcomes...

Eligible Pacers And Trotters From Multi-Divisions Fire For Season’s Late And Lucrative Purses Frank Cotolo |

With the Breeders Crown elims looming boldly, some eligible colts and fillies battle for big money in state-bred finals this weekend, which is important for their connections as they consider dropping into the box next week for “Crown” competition. As the Breeders Crown Countdown blog posts...

Early handicapping preparations for the Breeders’ Cup |

by Scott Shapiro After a couple of extremely busy weekends loaded with Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” events across North America, it is time as handicappers to catch our breath and start thinking about the World Championships at Del Mar next month. The majority of our race analysis will...

Pair of juvenile fillies among notables from final round of Breeders’ Cup preps James Scully |

Some thoughts on last weekend’s final round of Breeders’ Cup preps: Keen Ice couldn’t catch the lone speed in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park but I expect him to bring a formidable late kick to the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Diversify received the right set-up and ran a...

Breeders’ Cup Takeaways from Keeneland October 6-8 John Mucciolo |

Opening weekend at Keeneland was a big one, with eight graded races held at the Lexington, Kentucky venue. I like a few that might be interesting contenders at Del Mar next month.     Shadwell Turf Mile (G1): SUEDOIS made his U. S. debut a memorable one, wearing down early leader...

Breeders’ Cup Takeaways from Belmont Park October 7-8 John Mucciolo |

Five graded races, each with Breeders’ Cup implications, took place at Belmont Park this past weekend and I will shed some light on what I witnessed.   Champagne (G1): Jason Servis-trained FIRENZE FIRE swept to the lead nearing midstretch and stayed on through the wire to notch a half-length...



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.