Big-Race Showdown: Kentucky Derby Picks

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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.

It’s all come down to this - three more races to decide who wins our inaugural Big Race Showdown. NHC Qualifier Eric Bialek leads in total wins, exacta winnings and trifecta winnings for the showdown that started at the opening stages of the road to the Kentucky Derby. However, following 22 races, each member of our young expert panel still has a shot at the leader. The first of the three remaining races is on Saturday: the Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is scheduled for 6:46 p.m. ET at Churchill Downs on Saturday. It will be broadcast on NBC, with coverage starting on NBC Sports from noon to 2:30 p.m. ET and transitioning to NBC from 2:30 p.m. - 7:20 p.m. ET. 

Your players are Eric Bialek, Acacia Courtney, C.J. Johnsen, Bryan Simpkins and Dan Tordjman. 

Leaders

Wins: Eric B. (7), Acacia C. (6), Bryan S. (6)

Exacta Winnings: Eric B. ($357.90), Dan T. ($291.30), Acacia C. ($287)

Trifecta Winnings: Eric B. ($354), Bryan S. ($303.60), Dan T. ($259)


Eric Bialek (VIEW BIO)

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands

1. Classic Empire

2. Thunder Snow

3. Always Dreaming

Top Selection Winners: 7/22

Exacta Winnings: $357.90

Trifecta Winnings: $354


Acacia Courtney (VIEW BIO)

TV Analyst/Host for Gulfstream Park

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands

1. Always Dreaming

2. Irish War Cry

3. Gormley

Top Selection Winners: 6/22

Exacta Winnings: $287

Trifecta Winnings: $235.10


C.J. Johnsen (VIEW BIO)

Director of Wagering for Kentucky Downs

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands

1. Classic Empire

2. J Boys Echo

3. Gunnevera

Top Selection Winners: 4/22

Exacta Winnings: $157.20

Trifecta Winnings: $130.80


Bryan Simpkins (VIEW BIO)

Handicapper and Writer for Danonymous Racing

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands

1. Always Dreaming

2. Classic Empire

3. Thunder Snow

Top Selection Winners: 6/22

Exacta Winnings: $219.80

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

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands

1. Irish War Cry

2. Gunnevera

3. Classic Empire

Top Selection Winners: 5/22

Exacta Winnings: $291.30

Trifecta Winnings: $259

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