‘Betting With Bobby’ Flay Breeders’ Cup Charity Challenge Series Launches

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Celebrity chef and horse owner Bobby Flay will match up against other personalities in a 10-race betting challenge focusing on Breeders’ Cup prep races. (Eclipse Sportswire)

The road to the Breeders’ Cup is underway, and prep season is heating up. If there’s anyone who can take the heat, it’s celebrity chef and Breeders’ Cup ambassador Bobby Flay. Not only is Flay one of the best-known restaurateurs and TV personalities, he’s also heavily involved in the sport of racing as an owner and a fan. He can also handicap the races with the best of them!

In collaboration with Breeders’ Cup, America’s Best Racing is excited to present “Betting with Bobby,” a 10-week charity challenge series in which Flay will put up his selections in key prep races against those of other Breeders’ Cup celebrity ambassadors.

Round 1 features the Stephen Foster Stakes this Saturday, June 15, at Churchill Downs, where Bobby will go up against fashion expert and TV host Carson Kressley.

Let’s take a look at the rules and the 2019 “Betting with Bobby” race schedule:

How It Works:

Bobby Flay has challenged his fellow Breeders' Cup ambassadors in the ultimate betting challenge. Each Breeders' Cup Challenge Series telecast on NBC or NBCSN, Bobby will face off in a celebrity betting challenge by picking one main selection and one alternate for each race. Pride and a serious donation to charity will be on the line each week with the winner receiving $1,000 to donate to their charity of choice with the loser receiving a $500 donation.

Scoring:

Each player has been asked to select one horse to win this week’s designated race.

If one player selects the winner of the race and the other player doesn’t, the player with the correct selection is this week’s winner.

In the event that neither player correctly selects the winner of this week’s race, either player can still win if their horse finishes in the top three. Whichever player selects the horse who places higher in the top three will be this week’s winner.

If neither player correctly selects a horse who finishes in the top three, each player’s backup selection comes into play.

If one player’s backup selection wins the race and the other player’s backup doesn’t, the player with the correct selection is this week’s winner.

In the event that neither player’s backup horse wins this week’s race, either player can still win if their horse finishes in the top three.

If neither player’s backup horse finishes in the top three, this week’s matchup will be declared a tie. 

Race Schedule:

Round 1: Stephen Foster Stakes, June 15

Round 2: Belmont Derby Invitational, July 6

Round 3: TVG.com Haskell Invitational, July 20

Round 4: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 3

Round 5: Fourstardave Handicap, Aug. 10

Round 6: Jockey Club Derby, Sep. 7

Round 7: Pennsylvania Derby, Sep. 21

Round 8: Awesome Again Stakes, Sep. 28

Round 9: Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, Oct. 5

Round 10: Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, Oct. 6

FIND OUT WHO BOBBY AND CARSON PICKED BY VISITING THE "BETTING WITH BOBBY" SITE (Picks will be live by Friday, June 14).

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