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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.

Horse Racing's Final Four Twinspires.com |

by Dick Powell Like the regional finals in NCAA Men’s Basketball, we are getting down to our Final Four heading to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday of May. Two major preps were run last Saturday, three more are scheduled for this Saturday and then the only major left will be the Arkansas...

Yonkers Series Tighten, ‘Levy’ Foes Battling Evenly; Philly Power Plays Posted Frank Cotolo |

April’s first weekend brings us closer to the conclusion of the Grand Circuit’s George Morton Levy Pacing Series and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. So far the “Levy” divisions have displayed more favorites than outsiders and the Matchmakers have been dominated by public choices...

Looking back at Santa Anita March 30-April 2 Twinspires.com |

By Scott Shapiro A big week is coming up in Arcadia, California as the final West Coast prep for the 2017 “Run for the Roses” headlines what should be a great card at Santa Anita Park. Before we get to the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and the other stakes action slated for Saturday afternoon, let’s...

Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight Recap: Florida Derby & Louisiana Derby John Mucciolo |

Florida Derby (G1): Todd Pletcher’s ALWAYS DREAMING tracked the leader to the top of the lane and took command with ease in the lane to roll home a decisive five-length winner beneath John Velazquez in the $1 million race. Dark bay son of Bodemeister really looked the part in punching his ticket...

Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report April 5: Always Dreaming wows in stakes debut James Scully |

Always Dreaming became the 10th Kentucky Derby prospect to register a triple-digit BRIS Speed rating this year, netting a 102 for a five-length romp in the Florida Derby (G1), and it was easy to come away impressed with the improving 3-year-old in his stakes debut. The Bodemeister colt established...

Projected fields for Keeneland’s opening weekend Kellie Reilly |

The Keeneland Spring Meet begins Friday with a two-year-old maiden, and one of last year’s top freshmen, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Oscar Performance, reappears in the featured $150,000 Transylvania (G3). The fields are firming up for Saturday’s blockbuster card, anchored by the $1...

Ward enters two Scat Daddy fillies in Keeneland juvenile maiden Kellie Reilly |

Wesley Ward has unveiled some brilliant juveniles at Keeneland in recent years, and the trainer is wasting no time in getting started at the upcoming spring meet. Two Ward pupils are entered in Friday’s 1ST race, a 4 1/2-furlong dash with an overflow field of 14. Both are fillies by Scat Daddy –...

McCraken bet down to 5-1 favoritism in Pool 4 of 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Jennifer Caldwell |

Undefeated Grade 2 winner McCraken (#15) closed as the 5-1 favorite when wagering concluded on the fourth and final pool of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) Sunday. The Ian Wilkes-trained son of Ghostzapper has made just one start this year, taking the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) at Tampa...

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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.