Big-Race Showdown: Whitney Selections

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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.

We kicked off “Big-Race Showdown” earlier this year with season one focusing on the run up to and through the Triple Crown. The final standings for those races can be found below.

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 race is the $1.2 million Whitney Stakes, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race at Saratoga Race Course that will be televised Saturday on NBC from 5-6 p.m. ET.


Eric Bialek (VIEW BIO)

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

$1.2 million, Grade 1 Whitney Stakes

1. Gun Runner

2. War Story

3. Tu Brutus

Alt: Keen Ice

Top Selection Winners: 4/7

Exacta Winnings: $77.20

Trifecta Winnings: $0 


Acacia Courtney (VIEW BIO)

TV Analyst/Host for Gulfstream Park

$1.2 million, Grade 1 Whitney Stakes

1. Keen Ice

2. War Story

3. Gun Runner

Alt: Breaking Lucky

Top Selection Winners: 2/7

Exacta Winnings: $38.60

Trifecta Winnings: $0


C.J. Johnsen (VIEW BIO)

Director of Wagering for Kentucky Downs 

$1.2 million, Grade 1 Whitney Stakes

1. Gun Runner

2. Keen Ice

3. Breaking Lucky

Alt: War Story

Top Selection Winners: 4/7

Exacta Winnings: $57.00

Trifecta Winnings: $0


Bryan Simpkins (VIEW BIO)

Handicapper and Writer for Danonymous Racing

$1.2 million, Grade 1 Whitney Stakes

1. Gun Runner

2. Keen Ice

3. War Story 

Top Selection Winners: 5/7

Exacta Winnings: $66.60

Trifecta Winnings: $0


Dan Tordjman (VIEW BIO)

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

Note: Weekly selections made using STATS Race Lens

$1.2 million, Grade 1 Whitney Stakes

1. Keen Ice

2. Gun Runner

3. Breaking Lucky 

Alt: War Story

Top Selection Winners: 0/7

Exacta Winnings: $76.60

Trifecta Winnings: $272.80

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