Big-Race Showdown: 2019 Whitney Stakes Picks

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For the third 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 every weekend leading up to the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 1 and 2. The handicappers face off in what we like to call “Big-Race Showdown.”

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. We will also be keeping track of which player correctly selects the most winners. 

Your 2019 players are TVG's Megan Devine, OptixEQ’s Emily Gullikson, TVG's Candice Hare, Mike McCormick (PokerFuse), Nicolle Neulist (Arlington Park) , Kenny Schmitt (FBWinners.com), ABR’s Dan Tordjman, and Derby Day Racing’s Brian Zipse. 

Our featured race this week is the $1 million, Grade 1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Race Course, which figures to be a key race in determining top contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in November. NBC Sports will broadcast the Whitney on Saturday as the showcase of an hour-long show from Saratoga that will also include a live broadcast of the Longines Test Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The show will air on NBCSN, running from 5-6 p.m. ET.


Megan Devine

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$1 million Whitney Stakes

1. McKinzie

2. Yoshida

3. Thunder Snow

Alternate:  Vino Rosso

Top Selections: 3/7

Exacta Earnings: $22.40

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$1 million Whitney Stakes

1. Yoshida

2. Vino Rosso

3. Thunder Snow

Alternate: McKinzie

Top Selections: 3/7

Exacta Earnings: $10.40

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$1 million Whitney Stakes

1. Thunder Snow

2. McKinzie

3. Preservationist

Alternate: Yoshida

Top Selections: 4/7

Exacta Earnings: $10.40

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Mike McCormick

Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper

$1 million Whitney Stakes

1. Preservationist

2. McKinzie

3. Vino Rosso

Alternate: Monongahela

Top Selections: 3/7

Exacta Earnings: $0

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Nicolle Neulist

Arlington Park Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$1 million Whitney Stakes

1. Preservationist

2. Thunder Snow

3. McKinzie

Alternate:  Monongahela

Top Selections: 2/7

Exacta Earnings: $42.20

Trifecta Earnings: $42


Kenny Schmitt

FBWinners.com, Sports Handicapper

$1 million Whitney Stakes

1. McKinzie

2. Thunder Snow

3. Preservationist

Alternate: Yoshida

Top Selections: 1/7

Exacta Earnings: $41.60

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Dan Tordjman

Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$1 million Whitney Stakes

1. McKinzie

2. Vino Rosso

3. Thunder Snow

Alternate: Preservationist

Top Selections: 1/7

Exacta Earnings: $31.20

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner 

$1 million Whitney Stakes

1. McKinzie

2. Vino Rosso

3. Thunder Snow

Alternate: Yoshida

Top Selections: 4/7

Exacta Earnings: $40.60

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80

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