Big-Race Showdown: Woodbine Mile, 2-Year-Olds at Churchill

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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  $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. Your players are Eric Bialek, 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 1, $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, and the Grade 3, $150,000 Iroquois Stakes and Grade 3, $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes on Saturday at Churchill Downs, qualifiers for the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, respectively.


Eric Bialek

National Handicapping Championship Qualifier

$800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes

1. Lord Glitters

2. Delta Prince

3. Divisidero

Alternate: Oscar Performance

$150,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Tobacco Road

2. My Sixth Sense

3. Tight Ten

Alternate: Everfast

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. Splashy Kisses

2. Serengeti Empress

3. Love My Honey

Alternate: Taylor's Spirit 

Top Selection: 9/17

Exacta Winnings: $146.90

Trifecta Winnings: $18.80

Total Winnings: $165.70


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes

1. Good Samaritan

2. Delta Prince

3. Lord Glitters

Alternate: Divisidero

$150,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. My Sixth Sense

2. Tight Ten

3. Synthesis

Alternate: Everfast

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. Tapping Pearl

2. Serengeti Empress

3. Two Dozen Roses

Alternate: It Justhitthe Wire

Top Selection: 5/17

Exacta Winnings: $65

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $65


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes

1. Stormy Antarctic

2. Oscar Performance

3. Vanish

Alternate: La Sardane

$150,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Hog Creek Hustle

2. My Sixth Sense

3. Royal Urn

Alternate: Pole Setter

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. Serengeti Empress

2. Two Dozen Roses

3. Taylor's Spirit

Alternate: Splashy Kisses

Top Selection: 6/17

Exacta Winnings: $256

Trifecta Winnings: $52

Total Winnings: $308


Nicolle Neulist

Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes

1. Oscar Performance

2. Lord Glitters

3. Delta Prince

Alternate: Good Samaritan

$150,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Tobacco Road

2. Synthesis

3. Tight Ten

Alternate: Manny Wah

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. It Justhitthe Wire

2. Two Dozen Roses

3. Serengeti Empress

Alternate: Splashy Kisses

Top Selection: 3/17

Exacta Winnings: $128.60

Trifecta Winnings: $61.46

Total Winnings: $190.06


Dan Tordjman

Video Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes

1. Lord Glitters

2. Delta Prince

3. La Sardane

Alternate: Mr Havercamp

$150,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. My Sixth Sense

2. Everfast

3. Tobacco Road

Alternate: Tight Ten

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. It Justhitthe Wire

2. Splashy Kisses

3. Serengeti Empress

Alternate: Saved At Dawn

Top Selection: 7/17

Exacta Winnings: $183.80

Trifecta Winnings: $0

Total Winnings: $183.80


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner

$800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes

1. Oscar Performance

2. Lord Glitters

3. Delta Prince

Alternate: Mr Havercamp

$150,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Tight Ten

2. Pole Setter

3. Everfast

Alternate: Cairo Cat

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. Love My Honey

2. Serengeti Empress

3. Profound Legacy

Alternate: Splashy Kisses

Top Selection: 6/17

Exacta Winnings: $109.90

Trifecta Winnings: $36.20

Total Winnings: $146.30

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