Big-Race Showdown: Derby Trail Heats Up in Big Easy

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It’s that time of the year again — every weekend through the Triple Crown will be loaded with big races, most of which will be points races that qualify horses for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. For the second year in a row, 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 each weekend.

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, Mark DiLorenzo, Emily Gullikson, Candice Hare, Nicolle Neulist, Dan Tordjman, and Brian Zipse.

Let’s take a look at the players’ picks for this week’s races: the Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford at Fair Grounds and the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.


Eric Bialek

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

$400,000 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford

1. Instilled Regard

2. High North

3. Principe Guilherme

Alternate:  Supreme Aura

$100,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. Choo Choo

2. City Plan

3. Paved

Alternate: Epical

Top Selection: 1/4

Exacta Winnings: $0

Trifecta Winnings: $0


Mark DiLorenzo

GiddyUpBets.com Founder and Handicapper 

$400,000 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford

1. Snapper Sinclair

2. Instilled Regard

3. Noble Indy

Alternate: High North

$100,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. Calexman

2. Choo Choo

3. Paved

Alternate: Blended Citizen

Top Selection: 0/4

Exacta Winnings: $0

Trifecta Winnings: $0


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$400,000 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford

1. Bravazo

2. Noble Indy

3. Instilled Regard

Alternate: Principe Guilherme

$100,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. Epical

2. Blended Citizen

3. City Plan

Alternate: Paved

Top Selection: 1/4

Exacta Winnings: $51.40

Trifecta Winnings: $0


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$400,000 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford

1. Principe Guilherme

2. Instilled Regard

3. Supreme Aura

Alternate: Noble Indy

$100,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. City Plan

2. Epical

3. Calexman

Alternate: Paved

Top Selection: 1/4

Exacta Winnings: $51.40

Trifecta Winnings: $137


Nicolle Neulist

Arlington Park Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$400,000 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford

1. Instilled Regard

2. Principe Guilherme

3. Supreme Aura

Alternate: Snapper Sinclair

$100,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. Choo Choo

2. Blended Citizen

3. Paved

Alternate: 

Top Selection: 0/4

Exacta Winnings: $55.00

Trifecta Winnings: $111


Dan Tordjman

Video Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$400,000 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford

1. Instilled Regard

2. Snapper Sinclair

3. Noble Indy

Alternate: Principe Guilherme

$100,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. Blended Citizen

2. Epical

3. Paved

Alternate: Choo Choo

Top Selection: 0/4

Exacta Winnings: $51.40

Trifecta Winnings: $0


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner

$400,000 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford

1 .Instilled Regard

2. Principe Guilherme

3. Noble Indy

Alternate: High North

$100,000 El Camino Real Derby

1. Blended Citizen

2. Choo Choo

3. Paved

Alternate: City Plan

Top Selection: 1/4

Exacta Winnings: $17.20

Trifecta Winnings: $111

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