Big-Race Showdown: Whitney Stakes 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 Churchill Downs on Nov. 2 and 3 – 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.

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. Check next week's Big Race Showdown to find out how the players fared in this inaugural round. 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 $1.2 million Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. The Whitney will be featured in NBC Sports’ live broadcast on-site from Saratoga as part of its “Win and You’re In” series of telecasts presented by Lane’s End and America’s Best Racing. The broadcast will air on NBCSN from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET.


Eric Bialek

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

$1.2 million Whitney Stakes

1. Backyard Heaven

2. Diversify

3. Mind Your Biscuits

Alternate: Dalmore

Top Selection: 5/8

Exacta Winnings: $122.50

Trifecta Winnings: $18.80

Total Winnings: $141.30


Mark DiLorenzo

GiddyUpBets.com Founder and Handicapper

$1.2 million Whitney Stakes

1. Backyard Heaven

2. Tapwrit

3. Diversify

Alternate: Dalmore

Top Selection: 3/8

Exacta Winnings: $128.70

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $128.70


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$1.2 million Whitney Stakes

1. Good Samaritan

2. Mind Your Biscuits

3. Backyard Heaven

Alternate: Tapwrit

Top Selection: 2/8

Exacta Winnings: $28.80

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $28.80


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$1.2 million Whitney Stakes

1. Backyard Heaven

2. Diversify

3. Dalmore

Alternate: Tapwrit

Top Selection: 2/8

Exacta Winnings: $63.80

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $63.80


Nicolle Neulist

Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$1.2 million Whitney Stakes

1. Good Samaritan

2. Mind Your Biscuits

3. Backyard Heaven

Alternate: Discreet Lover

Top Selection: 2/8

Exacta Winnings: $73.20

Trifecta Winnings: $61.46

Total Winnings: $134.66


Dan Tordjman

Video Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$1.2 million Whitney Stakes

1. Good Samaritan

2. Mind Your Biscuits

3. Backyard Heaven

Alternate: Diversify

Top Selection: 2/8

Exacta Winnings: $166.10

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $166.10


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner

$1.2 million Whitney Stakes

1. Good Samaritan

2. Backyard Heaven

3. Mind Your Biscuits

Alternate: McCraken

Top Selection: 4/8

Exacta Winnings: $29.10

Trifecta Winnings: $36.20

Total Winnings: $65.30

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