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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.

Rocking Around the Clock on Saturday at TwinSpires.com Ed DeRosa |

Near-around the clock action is nothing new on TwinSpires.com, but the class of the races offered on Saturday--with group and graded stakes action beginning with Royal Ascot in the morning and concluding with Churchill Downs "after dark"--is pretty special.My Royal Ascot selections have been...

Pocono’s Powerhouse Features Frank Cotolo |

Pocono Downs shines with features on Sun Stakes Saturday, June 22,with eliminations for finals at the Pennsylvania oval next week, including a big event on the Hambletonian Trail which you can read about on the excluscive blog. Soph-colt pacers go in elims for the Max Hempt and the fillies ride...

TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon 06/19 by TwinSpires Radio | Blog Talk Radio Derek Simon |

Host Derek Simon and Ed DeRosa of The Flat Bet Prophet gives his thoughts on the ongoing Royal Ascot meeting.TwinSpires Horse Racing Podcast w/Derek Simon 06/19 by TwinSpires Radio | Blog Talk Radio

TwinSpires player turns $20 to show on Orb into $6,705.67 pay day Ed DeRosa |

For those who thought (as I did) that Orb was the most likely winner of the Belmont Stakes, nearly even money (19-to-20, paying $3.90) to show on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands winner in the third jewel of American Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown must have seemed like great value....

Cotolo’s Harness Review, News And Notes Frank Cotolo |

The top news for the weekend is some of the biggest news of the season, as we called it, with Captaintreacherous winning the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup. We call your attention to a blog I wrote for the standardbred industry two days before the “Cup,” which is everything I have to offer...

Pace Handicapping: A Practical Demonstration Derek Simon |

Over the pace couple of weeks, I’ve received a lot of e-mails asking me how I use my pace figures, or speed rations, to predict the outcome of a horse race.Invariably, these missives go something like this: “I love your (Pace Profile) reports, but I’m not really sure how to use them. Can you help?”...

A Bettor’s Grand Guide To The North America Cup Frank Cotolo |

The million-dollar Pepsi North America Cup is the season’s first seven-digit purse offering and it’s early season arrival is a considered a major test for glamour-boy pacers. Mohawk Raceway hosts a huge stakes program on the night of the event, featuring pacers and trotters in strongly contested...

Marvelous Menagerie At Mohawk And More Frank Cotolo |

It’s one of the biggest programs of the season, headlined by the Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 15. There is so much material to accompany analysis of the races on the Mohawk Raceway program that night that we have split the difference with the usual two blogs—here and our Hambletonian...

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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.