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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.

Taking down the Pick 5 on Queen’s Plate Day John Mucciolo |

An outstanding card with 13 races, led by the $1 million Queen’s Plate, will be hosted by Woodbine on Sunday. I will take aim at cashing in on the Pick 5, which starts in Race 6 and concludes with the featured event. Race 6, King Edward S. (G2): 2015 winner #5 TOWER OF TEXAS bagged the Connaught...

Spot Plays for Sunday and Monday at Santa Anita Park |

by Scott Shapiro Happy Independence Day weekend to you and yours! Most folks have a lot more than horse racing going on as we approach the Fourth of July on Tuesday. Time spent with family and friends over the next couple days can be some of the more memorable moments of the summer. Click to...

Challenging Santa Anita Pick 4 has potential to pay well |

by Scott Shapiro The final Saturday afternoon card of the Santa Anita spring meeting is upon us and the 10-race slate includes a challenging late Pick 4 that has the potential to pay well. The 55th running of the $100,000 Grade 3 Wilshire Stakes run at one mile over the Santa Anita lawn headlines...

How to bet the Pick 6 on June 30 at Churchill Downs Ed DeRosa |

It’s closing night at Churchill Downs, which means everything must go in the carryover pools: the $3,375 Super High 5 on the 11th (last) race and the $146,754 Single (Pick 6) jackpot, which isn’t a jackpot on the final day of the spring-summer meeting. The Pick 6 begins in race 5 and is a tricky...

Jackpot 6 ticket seeks to capitalize upon Romans single James Scully |

The pool for Friday’s mandatory Jackpot 6 payout at Churchill Downs is expected to exceed $1 million and a nice card awaits horseplayers. The sequence begins in Race 5, which is scheduled for 7:57 p.m. (EDT) on the Downs After Dark closing-day program. Dale Romans is sitting on 699 wins at...

Queen's Plate Betting Guide offers insights and analysis |

The field is now set for the 158th running of the Queen’s Plate, the longest continuously run race in North American and the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. is ready for all the action with its FREE Queen’s Plate Betting Guide. Alastair Bull takes a look at the...

Expect more turf racing and a compelling trainer’s race at Saratoga |

By Dick Powell  As we head into July, I often get asked by people who see me in Saratoga, “How do you get ready for the meet?” I usually respond with a shriek and break out into a cold sweat.  “Saratoga is opening in three weeks? OMG!” It’s not like I am not paying attention but I am so...

Sun Stakes Saturday At Pocono Promises Fast Miles With Big Purses For Finals And Consolations Frank Cotolo |

The July 4 weekend will be colorful in the Pennsylvania mountains as Pocono Downs presents its Sun Stakes Saturday on the month’s first day. After a mixture of results in last weeks elims, top trotters and pacers compete for the big finals’ prizes, along with healthy consolation events. The...



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.