Big-Race Showdown: Gulfstream to Dubai Desert

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The Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, above, and the United Arab Emirates Derby are the two contest races this week. (Eclipse Sportswire)

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 $2 million, Group 2 United Arab Emirates Derby at Meydan and the $1.1 million, Grade 1 Xpressbet.com Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.


Eric Bialek

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

$2 million United Arab Emirates Derby

1. Mendelssohn

2. Gold Town

3. Taiki Fervuer

Alternate: Reride

$1.1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby

1. Audible

2. Catholic Boy

3. Mississippi

Alternate: Hofburg

Top Selection: 3/13

Exacta Winnings: $59.00

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $59.00


Mark DiLorenzo

GiddyUpBets.com Founder and Handicapper 

$2 million United Arab Emirates Derby

1. Gold Town

2. Reride

3. Mendelssohn

Alternate: Ruggero

$1.1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby

1. Hofburg

2. Catholic Boy

3. Storm Runner

Alternate: Audible

Top Selection: 0/13

Exacta Winnings: $81.80

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $81.80


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$2 million United Arab Emirates Derby

1. Gold Town

2. Taiki Ferveur

3. Mendelssohn

Alternate: Seahenge

$1.1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby

1. Hofburg

2. Audible

3. Catholic Boy

Alternate: Mississippi

Top Selection: 5/13

Exacta Winnings: $353.40

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $353.40


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$2 million United Arab Emirates Derby

1. Gold Town

2. Ruggero

3. Reride

Alternate: Mendelssohn

$1.1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby

1. Promises Fulfilled

2. Audible

3. Strike Power

Alternate: Catholic Boy

Top Selection: 2/13

Exacta Winnings: $59.20

Trifecta Winnings: $137

Total Winnings: $196.20


Nicolle Neulist

Arlington Park Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$2 million United Arab Emirates Derby

1. Taiki Ferveur

2. Mendelssohn

3. Gold Town

Alternate: Seahenge 

$1.1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby

1. Audible

2. Catholic Boy

3. Storm Runner

Alternate: Promises Fulfilled

Top Selection: 1/13

Exacta Winnings: $206

Trifecta Winnings: $129.80

Total Winnings: $335.80


Dan Tordjman

Video Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$2 million United Arab Emirates Derby

1. Mendelssohn

2. Gold Town

3. Reride

Alternate: Yulong Warrior

$1.1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby

1. Catholic Boy

2. Audible

3. Hofburg

Alternate: Strike Power

Top Selection: 0/13

Exacta Winnings: $59.20

Trifecta Winnings: $18.80

Total Winnings: $78.00


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner

$2 million United Arab Emirates Derby

1. Gold Town

2. Reride

3. Mendelssohn

Alternate: Yulong Warrior

$1.1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby

1. Audible

2. Catholic Boy

3. Hofburg

Alternate: Strike Power

Top Selection: 3/13

Exacta Winnings: $47.00

Trifecta Winnings: $111

Total Winnings: $158.00

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