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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.

Caravaggio’s clash with sprint establishment anchors Newmarket July Kellie Reilly |

Coming not long after Royal Ascot, Newmarket’s July Festival doesn’t match its breadth of star power, but the three-day stint will end on a spectacular note Saturday as unbeaten Caravaggio tackles older sprinters in the July Cup (G1). Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant colt extended his perfect mark to 6-0...

Freshman Frenzy Features Have Top Winners, Including Best Price In ‘Sheppard’ Elims And More Frank Cotolo |

Freshmen filled the agenda this weekend and we did very well with the winners and the winning prices. Our top horses-to-watch (H2W) list winner, Kadabra Queen was the top price at $20.00 in an Ontario Sires Stakes event for youngsters. And there were more in the features and the “Frolic” section (...

Belmont Derby requires spread in all-stakes Late Pick 4 Vance Hanson |

An all-stakes Pick 4 encompassing 80 percent of Belmont Park's graded stakes on Saturday is a bit of a challenge even with one planned single (and not the one you might expect) in the sequence. Here are my thoughts on the four races: Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) -- Race 7 Unified (#7, 5-2)...

How I’m betting Late Pick 4 on Belmont’s Stars and Stripes Racing Festival James Scully |

Today’s $1.2 million Belmont Derby (G1) is ripe for an up-and-coming turf sophomore. I’m not keen on stakes veterans Oscar Performance, Good Samaritan, Ticonderoga and Big Score – they’ve taken turns beating each other with little separating the pack -- and none of the three European invaders...

International scouting report: Belmont Derby Invitational Kellie Reilly |

Pia Brandt isn’t a household name among American racing fans, but the French-based trainer sends out the most straightforward European challenger in Saturday’s $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational (G1). Called to the Bar, despite not having as many starts under his belt as Aidan O’Brien’s duo...

International scouting report: Belmont Oaks Invitational Kellie Reilly |

Although repackaged as the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) in 2014, and accordingly luring international shippers, New York’s premier contest for three-year-old turf fillies has continued to go the way of U.S.-based performers. That trend is very likely to continue on Saturday, for the...

Ignoring Finest City in Saturday's Late Pick 4 at Los Alamitos |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO The first of two Saturday afternoon cards during the short Los Alamitos summer meeting offers a late Pick 4 sequence starting in Race 6 that is headlined by the Great Lady M (G2) featuring 2016 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) winner Finest City. I do not see any "...

How I’m betting the Iowa Derby James Scully |

Most of the runners in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) are seeking a measure of redemption following recent setbacks, but McCormick enters on the upswing for Ian Wilkes. The intriguing 3-year-old will bring a two-race win streak into his stakes debut Friday night at Prairie Meadows. By Hard Spun and...



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.