Big-Race Showdown: Weekend of Blockbuster 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. 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.

On Saturday a trio of major races star on a blockbuster weekend of Kentucky Derby preps: the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, the $1 million Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park and the $750,000 Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets at Aqueduct. The Wood Memorial is scheduled for 5:52 p.m. ET, the Blue Grass at 6:17 p.m. ET and the Santa Anita Derby at 6:30 p.m. ET. All will be televised on NBC Sports Network from 5:30 - 7:30 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

$1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

1. McCraken

2. J Boys Echo

3. Tapwrit

$1 million Santa Anita Derby

1. Iliad

2. Battle of Midway

3. Reach the World

$750,000 Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Battalion Runner

2. Cloud Computing

3. Irish War Cry

Top Selection Winners: 6/17

Exacta Winnings: $212.50

Trifecta Winnings: $269.5


Acacia Courtney (VIEW BIO)

TV Analyst/Host for Gulfstream Park

$1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

1. Tapwrit

2. McCraken

3. Wild Shot

$1 million Santa Anita Derby

1. Battle of Midway

2. Reach the World

3. Iliad

$750,000 Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Cloud Computing

2. Battalion Runner

3. Irish War Cry

Top Selection Winners: 5/17

Exacta Winnings: $252.20

Trifecta Winnings: $150.60


C.J. Johnsen (VIEW BIO)

Director of Wagering for Kentucky Downs

$1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

1. McCraken

2. J Boys Echo

3. Tapwrit

$1 million Santa Anita Derby

1. Reach the World

2. Iliad

3. Battle of Midway

$750,000 Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Mo Town

2. Battalion Runner

3. Cloud Computing

Top Selection Winners: 4/17

Exacta Winnings: $157.20

Trifecta Winnings: $130.80


Bryan Simpkins (VIEW BIO)

Handicapper and Writer for Danonymous Racing

$1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

1. Tapwrit

2. J Boys Echo

3. McCraken

$1 million Santa Anita Derby

1. Reach the World

2. American Anthem

3. Battle of Midway

$750,000 Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Cloud Computing

2. Battalion Runner

3. True Timber

Top Selection Winners: 5/17

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 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

1. McCraken

2. Practical Joke

3. It’s Your Nickel

$1 million Santa Anita Derby

1. Royal Mo

2. Iliad

3. Term of Art

$750,000 Wood Memorial Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Mo Town

2. Battalion Runner

3. Cloud Computing

Top Selection Winners: 4/17

Exacta Winnings: $180.70

Trifecta Winnings: $259

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