Big-Race Showdown: A Spinaway, Woodward Double

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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 Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets and the Spinaway Stakes, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race for the 14 Hands Winer Juvenile Fillies. NBCSN will broadcast both races from 6 – 7 p.m. ET as part of its “Win and You’re In” Series Presented by Lane’s End and America’s Best Racing.


Eric Bialek (VIEW BIO)

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

Spinaway Stakes

1. Separationofpowers

2. Pure Silver

3. Lady Ivanka

Alternate: Obvious Two

Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Gun Runner

2. War Story

3. Rally Cry

Alternate: Neolithic

Top Selection Winners: 6/14

Exacta Winnings: $96.40

Trifecta Winnings: $43.00


Acacia Courtney (VIEW BIO)

TV Analyst/Host for Gulfstream Park

Spinaway Stakes

1. Pure Silver

2. Lady Ivanka

3. Separationofpowers

Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Gun Runner

2. Neolithic

3. War Story

Top Selection Winners: 4/14

Exacta Winnings: $118.90

Trifecta Winnings: $0


C.J. Johnsen (VIEW BIO)

Director of Wagering for Kentucky Downs 

Spinaway Stakes

1. Separationofpowers

2. Pure Silver

3. Lady Ivanka

Alternate: Maya Malibu

Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Gun Runner

2. Rally Cry

3. Neolithic

Alternate: War Story

Top Selection Winners: 5/14

Exacta Winnings: $94.30

Trifecta Winnings: $32.80


Bryan Simpkins (VIEW BIO)

Handicapper and Writer for Danonymous Racing

Spinaway Stakes

1. Separationofpowers

2. Pure Silver

3. Lady Ivanka

Alternate: Maya Malibu

Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Gun Runner

2. Rally Cry

3. Neolithic

Alternate: War Story

Top Selection Winners: 9/14

Exacta Winnings: $103.90

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

Spinaway Stakes

1. Pure Silver

2. Maya Malibu

3. Separationofpowers

Alternate: Lady Ivanka

Woodward Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Gun Runner

2. Neolithic

3. War Story

Alternate: Rally Cry

Top Selection Winners: 0/14

Exacta Winnings: $1,147.71

Trifecta Winnings: $3,844.60

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