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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.

Kentucky Derby Pedigree Profile: Bolt d'Oro Twinspires.com |

Bolt d'oro wins the FrontRunner Stakes (Benoit Photo) Bolt d'Oro; winner of the FrontRunner Stakes by Alastair Bull Bolt d’Oro deserved favoritism for the FrontRunner Stakes after his three-quarter length Del Mar Futurity (G1) victory. But few would have predicted he’d destroy the field...

Dayton ‘Derby’ Dollars With Winning Trotter; Northlands Filly Score And Pacing-Colt Exacta With Choice, $31; Red Mile Bluegrass Wins, Exactas Frank Cotolo |

It was another busy week of features as the Grand Circuit moved south to TwinSpires country with the sport’s top stars arriving in Lexington, Kentucky. It began for harness racing and for us on Thursday, Sept. 28 at The Red Mile with five Bluegrass divisions for frosh-colt trotters. Our sole...

Awesome Slew the key in Churchill Downs' Late Pick 5 Vance Hanson |

While Belmont Park and Santa Anita garner much attention Saturday with their Breeders' Cup preps, Churchill Downs will again offer a strong program that shouldn't be overlooked in your wagering plans. It might end up chalking out, but the Late Pick 5 sequence (Races 7-11) includes a few longshots...

Playing All-Stakes Pick 4 at Belmont Park James Scully |

Belmont Park features four stakes with Breeders’ Cup implications today and the Late Pick 4 encompasses the sequence (races 7-10). Officials did a good job rounding up six females to challenge #1 Elate in the $400,000 Beldame (G1) but none appear capable of derailing the odds-on favorite. The 3-...

Santa Anita Spot Plays in FrontRunner, Chandelier, and Rodeo Drive Twinspires.com |

by SCOTT SHAPIRO Saturday is Breeders' Cup Challenge Saturday at Santa Anita and that means that five Grade 1 events with $300,000 purses are on tap at "The Great Race Place" as part of opening weekend at the 19-day autumn meeting.   The ladies get the "Win and You're In" action going in...

Shapiro's Pick 4 analysis for Santa Anita's Breeders' Cup preview day Twinspires.com |

by Scott Shapiro Five Breeders’ Cup spots are on the line on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park, starting with the Zenyatta Stakes (G1) featuring Santa Anita Oaks (G1) winner Paradise Woods in Race 5 and concluding with the Awesome Again Stakes (G1) featuring Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes (...

Roaring Lion to run rampant in Royal Lodge Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s Royal Lodge (G2) at Newmarket features an odds-on favorite in Nelson, a blueblood son of Frankel who’s taken a leap forward of late for Aidan O’Brien. Yet this doesn’t strike me as a one-horse race at all. Rather the one-mile test, serving as both a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) “Win...

FrontRunner Stakes Analysis James Scully |

Saturday’s $300,000 FrontRunner (G1) at Santa Anita serves as a “Win & You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) five weeks later at Del Mar and the 1 1/16-mile race is also part of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series, with the top four finishers earning points on a 10-4-2-1 scale...

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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.