Big-Race Showdown: A Kentucky Oaks-Derby Double

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This week Big-Race Showdown visits the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs for a Longines Kentucky Oaks-Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve double. (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 $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 4, and the 144th  Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 5, both at Churchill Downs.


Eric Bialek

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

$1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks 

1. Midnight Bisou

2. My Miss Lilly

3. Monomoy Girl

Alternate: Heavenhasmynikki

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve 

1. Mendelssohn

2. Justify

3. Audible

Alternate: Lone Sailor

Top Selection: 8/20

Exacta Winnings: $107.60

Trifecta Winnings: $106.48

Total Winnings: $214.08


Mark DiLorenzo

GiddyUpBets.com Founder and Handicapper

$1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks 

1. Kelly’s Humor

2. Monomoy Girl

3. Midnight Bisou

Alternate: Take Charge Paula

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve 

1. Justify

2. Lone Sailor

3. Mendelssohn

Alternate: Magnum Moon

Top Selection: 2/20

Exacta Winnings: $159.20

Trifecta Winnings: $160.48

Total Winnings: $319.68


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks 

1. Eskimo Kisses

2. Monomoy Girl

3. Wonder Gadot

Alternate: Rayya

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve 

1. Noble Indy

2. Mendelssohn

3. Bravazo

Alternate: Justify

Top Selection: 6/20

Exacta Winnings: $462.80

Trifecta Winnings: $39.20

Total Winnings: $502


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks 

1. Sassy Sienna

2. Coach Rocks

3. Take Charge Paula

Alternate: Midnight Bisou

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve 

1. Hofburg

2. Vino Rosso

3. Justify

Alternate: Mendelssohn

Top Selection: 3/20

Exacta Winnings: $63.60

Trifecta Winnings: $137

Total Winnings: $200.60


Nicolle Neulist

Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks 

1. Midnight Bisou

2. Monomoy Girl

3. Coach Rocks

Alternate: Eskimo Kisses

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve 

1. Bolt d’Oro

2. Good Magic

3. Free Drop Billy

Alternate: Magnum Moon

Top Selection: 4/20

Exacta Winnings: $261.60

Trifecta Winnings: $268.28

Total Winnings: $529.88


Dan Tordjman

Video Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks 

1. Eskimo Kisses

2. Midnight Bisou

3. Chocolate Martini

Alternate: Rayya

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve 

1. Mendelssohn

2. Good Magic

3. Flameaway

Alternate: Justify

Top Selection: 1/20

Exacta Winnings: $172.20

Trifecta Winnings: $112.80

Total Winnings: $285


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner

$1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks 

1. Midnight Bisou

2. Eskimo Kisses

3. Monomoy Girl

Alternate: Coach Rocks

$2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve 

1. Vino Rosso

2. Good Magic

3. Bolt d’Oro

Alternate: Justify

Top Selection: 6/20

Exacta Winnings: $134.60

Trifecta Winnings: $111

Total Winnings: $245.60

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