Big-Race Showdown: Breeders’ Cup Selections

Jockeys enter the paddock at Del Mar before a race. Del Mar will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday and Saturday. (Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing)

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.

The 2017 Big-Race Showdown season closes with the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Friday, Nov. 3, and the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Del Mar, host of the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Be sure to watch the four Breeders’ Cup races on Friday on NBCSN from 5-8 p.m. The Breeders’ Cup Saturday races will also be on NBCSN from 1:30-8 p.m. ET, with the exception of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will be televised on NBC during its 8-9 p.m. telecast.

Eric Bialek (VIEW BIO)

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff

1. Forever Unbridled 

2. Stellar Wind

3. Elate

Alternate: Romantic Vision

Breeders’ Cup Classic

1. Gun Runner

2. Gunnevera

3. War Story 

Alternate: Arrogate

Top Selection Winners: 7/25

Exacta Winnings: $252.80

Trifecta Winnings: $248.00

Acacia Courtney (VIEW BIO)

TV Analyst/Host for Gulfstream Park

Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff

1. Paradise Woods

2. Elate

3. Stellar Wind

Breeders’ Cup Classic

1. Arrogate

2. Gun Runner

3. Gunnevera

Top Selection Winners: 7/25

Exacta Winnings: $271.30

Trifecta Winnings: $603.40

C.J. Johnsen (VIEW BIO)

Director of Wagering for Kentucky Downs 

Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff

1. Abel Tasman

2. Stellar Wind

3. Romantic Vision

Alternate: Elate

Breeders’ Cup Classic

1. Arrogate

2. Gun Runner

3. Collected 

Alternate: West Coast 

Top Selection Winners: 8/25

Exacta Winnings: $137.30

Trifecta Winnings: $145.88

Bryan Simpkins (VIEW BIO)

Handicapper and Writer for Danonymous Racing

Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff

1. N/A

2. N/A

3. N/A

Alternate: N/A

Breeders’ Cup Classic

1. N/A

2. N/A

3. N/A

Alternate: N/A

Top Selection Winners: 11/25

Exacta Winnings: $147.90

Trifecta Winnings: $52.08

Dan Tordjman (VIEW BIO)

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

Note: Weekly selections made using STATS Race Lens

Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff

1. Paradise Woods

2. Elate

3. Forever Unbridled 

Alternate: Abel Tasman

Breeders’ Cup Classic

1. Pavel

2. Arrogate

3. West Coast 

Alternate: Gun Runner

Top Selection Winners: 2/25

Exacta Winnings: $1,147.71

Trifecta Winnings: $3,844.60

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