Big-Race Showdown: Hot on the Derby Trail

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Whether it’s the run up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands or the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, there’s great racing action nearly every weekend of the year. Starting this year, 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 Derby and the Breeders’ Cup.

On Saturday, the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race at Golden Gate Fields, takes center stage. TVG will televise the race with a scheduled post time of 6:45 p.m. ET.

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.


Eric Bialek (VIEW BIO)

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

$200,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. Sheer Flattery

2. Colonel Samsen

3. Ann Arbor Eddie

Top Selection Winners: 2/5

Exacta Winnings: $172.60

Trifecta Winnings: $269.50


Acacia Courtney (VIEW BIO)

TV Analyst/Host for Gulfstream Park

$200,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. Ann Arbor Eddie

2. Sheer Flattery

3. More Power to Him

Top Selection Winners: 1/5

Exacta Winnings: $69.80

Trifecta Winnings: $65


C.J. Johnsen (VIEW BIO)

Director of Wagering for Kentucky Downs 

$200,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. Colonel Samsen

2. Ann Arbor Eddie

3. Sheer Flattery

Top Selection Winners: 0/5

Exacta Winnings: $58.00

Trifecta Winnings: $41.00


Bryan Simpkins (VIEW BIO)

Handicapper and Writer for Danonymous Racing

$200,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. Ann Arbor Eddie

2. Sheer Flattery

3. More Power to Him

Top Selection Winners: 3/5

Exacta Winnings: $41.60

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

$200,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. Ann Arbor Eddie

2. Colonel Samsen

3. Sheer Flattery

Top Selection Winners: 2/5

Exacta Winnings: $24.20

Trifecta Winnings: $41.00

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