Big-Race Showdown: Churchill Juvenile Preps, Woodbine Mile

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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 races this week are the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes, an automatic qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; the $200,000 Iroquois Stakes, a “Win and You’re In” race for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; and the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier Saturday for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile.


Megan Devine

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. Portrait

2. Morning Gold

3. British Idiom

Alternate: Lotta Ott

$200,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Zyramid

2. Scabbard

3. Dennis’ Moment

Alternate: Rowdy Yates

$1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile

1. Raging Bull

2. Got Stormy

3. Awesometank

Alternate: Synchrony

Top Selections: 7/15

Exacta Earnings: $72.80

Trifecta Earnings: $99.68


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. British Idiom

2. Morning Gold

3. Portrait

Alternate: His Glory

$200,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Dennis’ Moment

2. Flute Maker

3. Juggernaut

Alternate: January Won

$1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile

1. Synchrony

2. Raging Bull

3. El Tormenta

Alternate: Got Stormy

Top Selections: 5/15

Exacta Earnings: $100.20

Trifecta Earnings: $79.28


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. Portrait

2. Blood Curdling

3. Shadilee

Alternate: Morning Gold

$200,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Scabbard

2. Juggernaut

3. Dennis’ Moment

Alternate: Rowdy Yates

$1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile

1. Lucullan

2. Got Stormy

3. Raging Bull

Alternate: American Guru

Top Selections: 8/15

Exacta Earnings: $110.40

Trifecta Earnings: $275.20


Mike McCormick

Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. Morning Gold

2. British Idiom

3. Lotta Ott

Alternate: Shadilee

$200,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Scabbard

2. Flute Maker

3. Dennis’ Moment

Alternate: Rowdy Yates

$1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile

1. Made You Look

2. Got Stormy

3. Lucullan

Alternate: Synchrony

Top Selections: 6/15

Exacta Earnings: $25.60

Trifecta Earnings: $69.60


Nicolle Neulist

Arlington Park Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. Portrait

2. British Idiom

3. Shadilee

Alternate: Morning Gold

$200,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Flute Maker

2. Scabbard

3. Dennis’ Moment

Alternate: January Won

$1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile

1. Awesometank

2. Got Stormy

3. Silent Poet

Alternate: Raging Bull

Top Selections: 6/15

Exacta Earnings: $67.80

Trifecta Earnings: $111.60


Kenny Schmitt

FBWinners.com, Sports Handicapper

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. Lotta Ott

2. Morning Gold

3. Portrait

Alternate: His Glory

$200,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Scabbard

2. Dennis’ Moment

3. Flute Maker

Alternate: Rowdy Yates

$1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile

1. Made You Look

2. Got Stormy

3. Synchrony

Alternate: Lucullan

Top Selections: 6/15

Exacta Earnings: $73.00

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Dan Tordjman

Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. Morning Gold

2. Lotta Ott

3. Portrait

Alternate: Lazy Daisy

$200,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Scabbard

2. Lebda

3. Flute Maker

Alternate: Dennis’ Moment

$1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile

1. Got Stormy

2. Raging Bull

3. Synchrony

Alternate: Made You Look

Top Selections: 5/15

Exacta Earnings: $74.20

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner 

$200,000 Pocahontas Stakes

1. Portrait

2. Lazy Daisy

3. Morning Gold

Alternate: British Idiom

$200,000 Iroquois Stakes

1. Dennis’ Moment

2. Letmeno

3. Scabbard

Alternate: Lebda

$1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile

1. Got Stormy

2. American Guru

3. Raging Bull

Alternate: Synchrony

Top Selections: 8/15

Exacta Earnings: $63.80

Trifecta Earnings: $79.28

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