Big-Race Showdown: Saratoga Stakes Picks

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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.

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.

For this week, the featured races are the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” Personal Ensign Stakes and Sword Dancer Stakes plus the $1.25 million Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets. All three races are at Saratoga on Saturday, and the Travers and Sword Dancer will be broadcast on NBC from 4:30 - 6 p.m. ET.

Eric Bialek (VIEW BIO)

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

Personal Ensign Stakes

1. Forever Unbridled

2. Going for Broke

3. Eskenformoney

Alternate: Songbird

Sword Dancer Stakes

1. Idaho

2. Erupt

3. Money Multiplier

Alt: Bigger Picture

Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Girvin

2. McCraken

3. Irap

Alt: Cloud Computing

Top Selection Winners: 5/11

Exacta Winnings: $96.40

Trifecta Winnings: $43.00


Acacia Courtney (VIEW BIO)

TV Analyst/Host for Gulfstream Park

Personal Ensign Stakes

1. Songbird

2. Forever Unbridled

3. Going for Broke

Alt: Flora Dora

Sword Dancer Stakes

1. Sadler’s Joy

2. Erupt

3. Bigger Picture

Alt: Idaho

Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. West Coast

2. Good Samaritan

3. Always Dreaming

Alt: Irap

Top Selection Winners: 2/11

Exacta Winnings: $110.30

Trifecta Winnings: $0


C.J. Johnsen (VIEW BIO)

Director of Wagering for Kentucky Downs 

Personal Ensign Stakes

1. Songbird

2. Forever Unbridled

3. Going for Broke

Alt: Eskenformoney

Sword Dancer Stakes

1. Bigger Picture

2. Money Multiplier

3. Hunter O'Riley

Alt: Erupt

Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Always Dreaming

2. West Coast

3. Irap

Alt: Girvin

Top Selection Winners: 5/11

Exacta Winnings: $85.70

Trifecta Winnings: $32.80


Bryan Simpkins (VIEW BIO)

Handicapper and Writer for Danonymous Racing

Personal Ensign Stakes

1. Forever Unbridled

2. Songbird

3. Going for Broke

Sword Dancer Stakes

1. Erupt

2. Idaho

3. Money Multiplier

Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. West Coast

2. Irap

3. Girvin

Top Selection Winners: 7/11

Exacta Winnings: $95.30

Trifecta Winnings: $43.00


Dan Tordjman (VIEW BIO)

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

Note: Weekly selections made using STATS Race Lens

Personal Ensign Stakes

1. Going for Broke

2. Songbird

3. Forever Unbridled

Alt: Flora Dora

Sword Dancer Stakes

1. Money Multiplier

2. Erupt

3. Sadler’s Joy

Alt: Idaho

Travers Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Fayeq

2. Girvin

3. Always Dreaming

Alt: West Coast

Top Selection Winners: 0/11

Exacta Winnings: $1,081.11

Trifecta Winnings: $3,844.60

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