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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.

How To Bet the Queen’s Plate 2017 Superfecta Ed DeRosa |

Those who follow my near-daily wagering exploits know that I’m a big fan of multi-race wagers, which makes Sunday’s 13-race Queen’s Plate day card at Woodbine a must play for me give the guaranteed pools in the Pick 5s (races 2 & 6) and Pick 4s (races 4 & 10). For my full-card analysis and...

How I'm betting the Queen's Plate Vance Hanson |

Canadian Racing Hall of Fame member Mark Casse has enjoyed so many great moments at Woodbine that I'll be betting on him having another Sunday in the C$1 million Queen's Plate, a race he won for the first time three years ago with the filly Lexie Lou. While American fans most recognize the Casse-...

Playing the Pick 5 on Queen’s Plate Day James Scully |

Sunday is Queen’s Plate Day and Woodbine is offering a Pick 5 culminating with the 158th running of the Canadian classic. Here are my thoughts on the sequence and the ticket I will be playing: Race 6, King Edward (G2): The Pick 5 kicks off with a nine-horse field at a mile on turf and my top...

Five things to know for the Queen’s Plate Kellie Reilly |

The oldest continuously held race in North America, the Queen’s Plate, will be contested for the 158th time on Sunday. The 1 1/4-mile classic is the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown, also comprising the Prince of Wales and the Breeders’ S., restricted to three-year-olds bred in Canada....

Will Malibu remain a Secret after Queen’s Plate? John Mucciolo |

When conservative conditioner Malcolm Pierce entered MALIBU SECRET in the Vandal S. for his lifetime debut as a juvenile in 2016, it was a sign to me that he thought that he had a very good one in his hands. The son of Malibu Moon finished a strong second in the grassy run to Channel Maker (second...

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 Twinspires.com |

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 Twinspires.com |

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...

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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.