Big-Race Showdown: Arlington Million Picks


Horse racing’s second season – the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series and the run up to the world championships of horse racing at Del Mar on Nov. 4 and 5 – is underway! That means there’s great racing action nearly every weekend from here on out. America’s Best Racing is challenging some of the brightest minds in horse betting to come up with their top three picks for key races leading up to the Breeders’ Cup.

The players' picks will be posted here and a running bankroll will be kept to track their success all year long. Bankrolls will be tabulated on the basis of a $2 win bet on top selections and $2 exacta and $2 trifecta box bets of each player’s top three selections. Your players are Eric Bialek, Acacia Courtney, C.J. Johnsen, Bryan Simpkins, and Dan Tordjman.

For this week, the featured race is the $1 million Arlington Million, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday, Aug. 12. Tune in to NBC Sports Network at 6:30 p.m. ET to watch live.

Eric Bialek (VIEW BIO)

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

Arlington Million

1. Deauville

2. Divisidero

3. Kasaqui

Top Selection Winners: 5/8

Exacta Winnings: $77.20

Trifecta Winnings: $0 

Acacia Courtney (VIEW BIO)

TV Analyst/Host for Gulfstream Park

Arlington Million

1. Deauville

2. Kasaqui

3. Mekhtaal

Alt: Ascend

Top Selection Winners: 2/8

Exacta Winnings: $48.10

Trifecta Winnings: $0

C.J. Johnsen (VIEW BIO)

Director of Wagering for Kentucky Downs 

Arlington Million

1. Deauville

2. Kasaqui

3. Ascend

Alt: Divisidero

Top Selection Winners: 5/8

Exacta Winnings: $66.50

Trifecta Winnings: $32.80

Bryan Simpkins (VIEW BIO)

Handicapper and Writer for Danonymous Racing

Arlington Million

1. Deauville

2. Kasaqui

3. Mekhtaal

Top Selection Winners: 6/8

Exacta Winnings: $76.10

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Dan Tordjman (VIEW BIO)

Video Correspondent, Handicapper and Writer for America's Best Racing

Note: Weekly selections made using STATS Race Lens

Arlington Million

1. Deauville

2. Beach Patrol

3. Fanciful Angel

Alt: Mekhtaal

Top Selection Winners: 0/8

Exacta Winnings: $86.10

Trifecta Winnings: $305.60

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