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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.

The 2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup Betting Guide FREE Download |

Jockey Club Gold Cup Saturday, October 7, 2017 will see the running of the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. The Breeders' Cup Challenge prep for the Classic will see Keen Ice, Gun Runner and several other quality talents battle in a last effort for free entry into the race at Del Mar....

Shapiro's Late Pick 4 analysis for Santa Anita Sprint Championship Day |

by Scott Shapiro While, the majority of graded stakes action with Breeders’ Cup implications is taking place in New York and at Keeneland this Saturday, Santa Anita Park has a strong 10-race card of its own. The Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) is the headliner, but that is not included in...

Princess Warrior a key play in opening-day Pick 5 at Keeneland James Scully |

A pair of graded stakes, the Alcibiades (G1) and Phoenix (G3), highlight the opening-day card at Keeneland and both are part of the Pick 5 (races 6-10). Here are my thoughts on the sequence: Race 6: Top contenders are difficult to separate in this 7-furlong allowance/optional claiming sprint for...

Attacking Late Pick 5 on Keeneland opening day Vance Hanson |

Happy Opening Day at Keeneland! The weather is summer-like in Lexington for Friday's 10-race card, and fast/firm conditions prevail. The Late Pick 5, which commences in Race 6, includes two graded stakes plus three allowances. Here's how my 50-cent ticket is going to look: Race 6 #2 MOIETY (3-1...

Harness Racing Blog Autumn Addendum: The Big Sunday Frank Cotolo |

On Oct. 8 in Lexington, Kentucky, the last harness racing program of 2017 is presented at The Red Mile. We present this blog as a separate edition due to the draw for Sunday’s stakes races, which consist of the sport’s highest horse caliber. What follows is our analysis of those stakes events...

Jockey Club Gold Cup, Shadwell Turf Mile highlight final Breeders’ Cup prep bonanza James Scully |

Seventeen stakes races, including 13 “Win & You’re In” events for the Breeders’ Cup, will be held over the next three days (Friday-Sunday) as the final major weekend of prep races concludes. Let’s preview the races with Breeders’ Cup implications. Friday Keeneland features a pair of stakes on...

Brown can work his Magic to win another Champagne |

by DICK POWELL The Champagne Stakes (G1) will be run on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park as the 8TH race around 4:13 PM ET. It has been run 145 times and some of the greatest colts in American racing history have won it. Run at one mile on the dirt around one turn at Belmont, it used to be the...

Jockey Club Gold Cup still relevant James Scully |

Saturday’s $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont Park used to be the biggest race in the handicap division (3-year-olds and up) but now serves as a “Win & You’re In” prep for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). And considering it’s been 10 years since Curlin recorded the last...



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.