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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.

Five things to know for Florida Derby Kellie Reilly |

This winter’s Kentucky Derby (G1) preps at Gulfstream Park have featured plot twists. Champion Classic Empire was upset in the Holy Bull (G2) by Irish War Cry, who unceremoniously flopped next time in the Fountain of Youth (G2), and both are now taking other roads to Louisville. Meanwhile,...

DeRosa Kentucky Derby Prep Picks for the Florida and Louisiana Derbys Ed DeRosa |

Handicapping Kentucky Derby prep races with an eye toward who could win the Kentucky Derby itself is a difficult balancing act. There is an ultimate goal with smaller--yet still-very-lucrative--goals along the way. Successfully handicapping these prep races and then the Kentucky Derby requires...

Scully's Kentucky Derby Top 10 staying steady ahead of major preps Twinspires.com |

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is charging forward and James Scully is fired up with his Kentucky Derby Report. Scully breaks down the action each week before listing his top 20 for the Kentucky Derby. We're paring it down even more, taking the top 10 from Scully's Report and throwing in tidbits...

Five things to know for Louisiana Derby Kellie Reilly |

Saturday’s $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) concludes the Fair Grounds road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), and rates as the first U.S. prep to reward 100 Derby points to the winner. The Louisiana Derby’s scheduled post time of 6:21 p.m. ET beats Gulfstream Park’s Florida Derby (G1) by...

Race flows should help favorites as $25K Kentucky Dream Bet Final Round begins Vance Hanson |

Saturday marks the start of the Final Round of TwinSpires.com's $25,000 Kentucky Derby Dream Bet. Players already qualified may now participate by placing a $5 Win/Place bet on a single horse in a minimum of four of the final seven Final Round races. The player with the highest gross winnings...

Day 2 at Fair Grounds: A visit with the favorites and to Liuzza's Vance Hanson |

NEW ORLEANS - As I write this six hours after my arrival today at Fair Grounds, there still hasn't been a cloud in sight. It's a truly gorgeous day for racing on this TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) Eve, though the turf will again be given a day of rest ahead of the big allowances and stakes...

Scully: Trying to beat imposing favorites in Florida and Louisiana James Scully |

Saturday’s $1 million Kentucky Derby preps, the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park and TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds, feature prohibitive favorites in Gunnevera and Girvin. I respect their chances but am going with Impressive Edge and Guest Suite. When it comes to Dale...

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

Florida Derby (G1): GUNNEVERA gets a tough post while widest of 10 (Battalion Runner to scratch) in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Antonio Sano, the impressive son of Dialed In made a believer out of me when dominating a nice field in the Fountain of Youth (G2)...

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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.