Big-Race Showdown: Picks for Kentucky Derby Preps

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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. 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 focus shifts to the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes and the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, pair of Road to the Kentucky Derby points races that award 50 points to the victor. TVG will televise both the San Felipe at Santa Anita Park at 5 p.m. ET and the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs at 5:27 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

$350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby

1. Tapwrit

2. Tale of Silence

3. Beasley

$400,000 San Felipe Stakes

1. Mastery 

2. Iliad 

3. Gormley

Top Selection Winners: 2/10

Exacta Winnings: $172.60

Trifecta Winnings: $269.50


Acacia Courtney (VIEW BIO)

TV Analyst/Host for Gulfstream Park

$350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby

1. Tapwrit

2. Beasley

3. No Dozing

$400,000 San Felipe Stakes

1. Mastery 

2. Gormley

3. Iliad 

Top Selection Winners: 1/10

Exacta Winnings: $158.60

Trifecta Winnings: $65


C.J. Johnsen (VIEW BIO)

Director of Wagering for Kentucky Downs 

$350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby

1. Sonic Mule

2. Tapwrit

3. Wild Shot

$400,000 San Felipe Stakes

1. Mastery 

2. Gormley

3. Ann Arbor Eddie

Top Selection Winners: 1/10

Exacta Winnings: $93.60

Trifecta Winnings: $41.00


Bryan Simpkins (VIEW BIO)

Handicapper and Writer for Danonymous Racing

$350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby

1. Beasley

2. Tapwrit

3. Wild Shot

$400,000 San Felipe Stakes

1. Mastery 

2. Iliad 

3. Gormley

Top Selection Winners: 3/10

Exacta Winnings: $156.10

Trifecta Winnings: $218


Dan Tordjman (VIEW BIO)

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

Note: Weekly selections made using STATS Race Lens

$350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby

1. Beasley

2. State of Honor

3. Tapwrit

$400,000 San Felipe Stakes

1. Mastery 

2. Gormley

3. Iliad

Top Selection Winners: 3/10

Exacta Winnings: $138.70

Trifecta Winnings: $259

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