Big-Race Showdown: Preakness Stakes Selections

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Whether it’s the run up to the Triple Crown or the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, there’s great racing action nearly every weekend of the 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 Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup.

It’s all come down to this - two more races to decide who wins our inaugural Big Race Showdown. Eric Bialek leads in exacta and trifecta winnings, and Eric, Acacia Courtney and Bryan Simpkins are tied with seven total wins each in the showdown that started at the opening stages of the road to the Kentucky Derby. However, after 23 races, each member of our young expert panel still has a shot at the leader. The second-to-last race in the showdown is on Saturday - the Preakness Stakes.

The $1.5 million Preakness Stakes is scheduled for 6:48 p.m. ET at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. It will be broadcast on NBC, with coverage from 5-7:15 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. (7), Bryan S. (7)

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

$1.5 million Preakness Stakes

1. Classic Empire

2. Always Dreaming

3. Conquest Mo Money

Top Selection Winners: 7/23

Exacta Winnings: $357.90

Trifecta Winnings: $354


Acacia Courtney (VIEW BIO)

TV Analyst/Host for Gulfstream Park

$1.5 million Preakness Stakes

1. Always Dreaming

2. Classic Empire

3. Gunnevera

Top Selection Winners: 7/23

Exacta Winnings: $287

Trifecta Winnings: $235.10


C.J. Johnsen (VIEW BIO)

Director of Wagering for Kentucky Downs

$1.5 million Preakness Stakes

1. Always Dreaming

2. Classic Empire

3. Term of Art

Top Selection Winners: 4/23

Exacta Winnings: $157.20

Trifecta Winnings: $130.80


Bryan Simpkins (VIEW BIO)

Handicapper and Writer for Danonymous Racing

$1.5 million Preakness Stakes

1. Always Dreaming

2. Classic Empire

3. Conquest Mo Money

Top Selection Winners: 7/23

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

$1.5 million Preakness Stakes

1. Classic Empire

2. Senior Investment

3. Always Dreaming

Top Selection Winners: 5/23

Exacta Winnings: $291.30

Trifecta Winnings: $259

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