Big-Race Showdown: Louisiana Derby Takes Center Stage

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Fair Grounds in New Orleans will host on Saturday the $1 million, Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. (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 race: the $1 million, Grade 2 Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds.


Eric Bialek

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

$1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby

1. Bravazo

2. Hyndford

3. My Boy Jack

Alternate: Noble Indy

Top Selection: 3/12

Exacta Winnings: $59.00

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $59.00


Mark DiLorenzo

GiddyUpBets.com Founder and Handicapper 

$1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby

1. Lone Sailor

2. Snapper Sinclair

3. Noble Indy

Alternate: Hyndford

Top Selection: 0/12

Exacta Winnings: $7.80

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $7.80


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby

1. Noble Indy

2. Bravazo

3. Retirement Fund

Alternate: Givemeaminit

Top Selection: 4/12

Exacta Winnings: $353.40

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $353.40


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby

1. My Boy Jack

2. Dark Templar

3. Bravazo

Alternate: Noble Indy

Top Selection: 2/12

Exacta Winnings: $59.20

Trifecta Winnings: $137

Total Winnings: $196.20


Nicolle Neulist

Arlington Park Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby

1. My Boy Jack

2. Snapper Sinclair

3. Lone Sailor

Alternate: Bravazo

Top Selection: 1/12

Exacta Winnings: $206

Trifecta Winnings: $129.80

Total Winnings: $192.60


Dan Tordjman

Video Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby

1. Retirement Fund

2. Dark Templar

3. My Boy Jack

Alternate: Snapper Sinclair

Top Selection: 0/12

Exacta Winnings: $59.20

Trifecta Winnings: $18.80

Total Winnings: $78.00


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner

$1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby

1. My Boy Jack

2. Bravazo

3. Lone Sailor

Alternate: Noble Indy

Top Selection: 3/12

Exacta Winnings: $47.00

Trifecta Winnings: $111

Total Winnings: $136.00

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