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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.

Looking to be hot as the weather in Arlington Closing Day Pick 5 Vance Hanson |

It's been unseasonably hot in Chicago of late and the hope for Saturday's closing day program at Arlington is that it feels that way, too, from a betting perspective. Arlington has put together a top-notch card of 12 races, mostly on turf, with big fields. There are MANDATORY PAYOUTS Saturday on...

How I'm playing the Pennsylvania Derby Day Pick 4 |

by Scott Shapiro Parx Racing will be the center of attention on Saturday afternoon as the venue located just outside of Philadelphia has a loaded card that includes two $1 million races. The Cotillion (G1) for three-year-old fillies and the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) for the boys make up half of a...

Shapiro: How to bet the Pennsylvania Derby |

By Scott Shapiro (@ScottShap34) Saturday marks the pinnacle of the Parx Racing calendar as they present a loaded 13-race card headlined by the track’s premiere event, the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1). The nine-furlong race over the main track came up strong led by Travers Stakes (G1) winner...

When is it a dead heat? |

By Dick Powell Here is a simple question: What is a dead heat? According the Cambridge English Dictionary, it is “a race in which two or more competitors finish at exactly the same time: The two horses finished in a dead heat.” But that still doesn’t answer the question. How do we know two (...

Little Brown Jug ‘Fear’ Heats On Fire; Hoosier Hosts Division Stars; Metro Stakes Spotlight Top Frosh Colt Pacers Frank Cotolo |

Features aplenty this extended week of harness action. The first feature goes on Thursday, as the sport’s focus is upon glamour-boys and the Great American Pace, the Little Brown Jug, along with its trot version, the Old Oaken Bucket. From there we head to the Midwest for a huge night at...

World Approval gives Casse another star miler John Mucciolo |

Trainer Mark Casse was blessed to train the great Tepin, who won Champion Turf Female honors in both 2015 and 2016, and Canadian turf champ Catch a Glimpse as well. And the conditioner boasts yet another turf performer who is destined to be a champion this season. The comprehensive triumph by...

Kershaw looks to strike in Los Alamitos debut James Scully |

With Clayton Kershaw serving as the ace of a talented pitching staff, the Los Angeles Dodgers appear poised to make a deep run this fall. But before the playoffs get underway, the Thoroughbred namesake of the star pitcher will make his career debut at Los Alamitos on Friday. A $135,000 2-year-old...

Breeders’ Cup implications in Parx graded stakes James Scully |

West Coast stretched his win streak to four recording a 3 ¼-length victory in the August 24 Travers (G1), netting a whopping 112 BRIS Speed rating for the wire-to-wire decision, but his status for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) remains uncertain. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert already...



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.