Big-Race Showdown: Churchill’s Breeders’ Cup Preps

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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.

We kicked off “Big-Race Showdown” earlier this year with season one focusing on the run up to and through the Triple Crown. The final standings for those races can be found below.

For this week, the two featured races are both “Win and You’re In” races at Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup – the Fleur de Lis Handicap and Stephen Foster Handicap, which will both be broadcast on NBC Sports Network!

The player’s 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.

Standings from Triple Crown Big Race Showdown:

LEADERS

Top Selection Winners: Acacia Courtney

Exacta Winnings: Eric Bialek

Trifecta Winnings: Dan Tordjman 


Eric Bialek (VIEW BIO)

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

Fleur de Lis

1. Romantic Vision

2. Forever Unbridled

3. Carrumba

Alt: Big World

Stephen Foster

1. Gun Runner

2. Bird Song

3. Honorable Duty

Alt: Breaking Lucky

Top Selection Winners: 7/25

Exacta Winnings: $357.90

Trifecta Winnings: $354


Acacia Courtney (VIEW BIO)

TV Analyst/Host for Gulfstream Park

Fleur de Lis

1. Big World

2. Forever Unbridled

3. Walkabout

Alt: Carrumba

Stephen Foster

1. Gun Runner

2. Bird Song

3. Stanford

Alt: Honorable Duty

Top Selection Winners: 8/25

Exacta Winnings: $332.20

Trifecta Winnings: $235.10


C.J. Johnsen (VIEW BIO)

Director of Wagering for Kentucky Downs 

Fleur de Lis

1. Forever Unbridled

2. Big World

3. Tiger Moth

Alt: Carrumba

Stephen Foster

1. Gun Runner

2. Breaking Lucky

3. Texas Chrome

Alt: Honorable Duty

Top Selection Winners: 4/25

Exacta Winnings: $157.20

Trifecta Winnings: $130.80


Bryan Simpkins (VIEW BIO)

Handicapper and Writer for Danonymous Racing

Fleur de Lis

1. Forever Unbridled

2. Carrumba

3. Romantic Vision

Stephen Foster

1. Gun Runner

2. Breaking Lucky

3. Stanford

Top Selection Winners: 7/25

Exacta Winnings: $265

Trifecta Winnings: $303.60


Dan Tordjman (VIEW BIO)

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

Note: Weekly selections made using STATS Race Lens

Fleur de Lis

1. Apologynotaccepted

2. Forever Unbridled

3. Carrumba

Alt: Romantic Vision

Stephen Foster

1. Honorable Duty

2. Gun Runner

3. Texas Chrome

Alt: Breaking Lucky

Top Selection Winners: 5/25

Exacta Winnings: $336.50

Trifecta Winnings: $883

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