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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.

Curlin’s Honor impresses at Keeneland John Mucciolo |

Trainer Mark Casse unveiled a much-hyped juvenile in the finale of a blockbuster Saturday card at Keeneland and the youngster did not disappoint. CURLIN’S HONOR, who went postward as the 9-10 favorite in a full field, made his debut a winning one beneath Julien Leparoux, taking a head lead turning...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Firenze Fire |

Firenze Fire wins the Champagne Stakes (Coglianese Photos) Champagne Stakes Winner Firenze Fire by Alastair Bull Florida-bred Firenze Fire has already given his first-season sire Poseidon’s Warrior a huge boost. It remains to be seen if he can give him the boost that only comes with a...

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Free Drop Billy |

Free Drop Billy wins the Breeders' Futurity (Coady Photo/Keeneland) Breeders' Futurity Winner Free Drop Billy by Alastair Bull Free Drop Billy looked like he had potential Kentucky Derby class when he romped away to win the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland Oct. 7. His pedigree also...

Few significant takeaways from Breeders' Cup prep weekends |

by DICK POWELL So what did I learn from all the Breeders' Cup prep races run over the past two weekends? Nothing, zilch, nada. I learned that I am going to have to do a lot of work to get ready for this year's Breeders' Cup that will be held for the first time at Del Mar. Charts, videos and trend...

What The Hill Sharp Colt Futurity-Elim Score; Fear The Dragon Roars Again; $26 Frosh-Stakes Strike; $51 Cold Daily Double; $27 Indiana Sires Stakes Win Frank Cotolo |

It was the last Grand Circuit week in TwinSpires country, with the classic Kentucky Futurity the program’s climax on Sunday, Oct. 8 at The Red Mile. A degraded Hurricane Nate sprayed the Kentucky track with moisture on Sunday and the sparkling stakes fields were presented with a surface...

How to bet the L.A. Woman with Unique Bella |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO Sunday's feature at Santa Anita is the L.A. Woman (G3) run at 6 1/2 furlongs over the main track. The sprint for fillies and mares is headlined by the return of star filly #5 Unique Bella for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.   The $400,000 daughter of Tapit brings a four-race...

Digging into Breeders’ Cup preps at Keeneland, Belmont: Shadwell Turf Mile promises value in Cross-Country Pick 4 Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s smorgasbord of Breeders’ Cup stepping stones at Belmont and Keeneland is likely to come up pretty formful, but there’s a shot at real value in the Cross-Country Pick 4 anchored by the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1). Here are my thoughts on the terrific stakes action: Belmont Turf Sprint (G2...

The 2017 Keeneland Fall Meet Betting Guide FREE Download |

Keeneland Race Meet Betting Guide The fall meeting at the beautiful Keeneland racetrack October 6-28 is loaded with high-quality racing. There are 17 graded stakes races at the Lexington, Kentucky track – and of these, nine are Breeders’ Cup Challenge races. This Keeneland FallStars betting...



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.