Big-Race Showdown: A Del Mar Double

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Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing

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 $250,000, Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap, a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf; and the $1 million, Grade 1 TVG Pacific Classic, a key qualifying prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.


Megan Devine

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$250,000 Del Mar Handicap

1. Itsinthepost

2. Marckie’s Water

3. United

Alternate: Blended Citizen

$1 million TVG Pacific Classic

1. Seeking the Soul

2. Pavel

3. Tenfold

Alternate: Quip

Top Selections: 6/10

Exacta Earnings: $64.60

Trifecta Earnings: $79.28


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$250,000 Del Mar Handicap

1. United

2. Blended Citizen

3. The Great Day

Alternate: Marckie’s Water

$1 million TVG Pacific Classic

1. Tenfold

2. For the Top

3. Campaign

Alternate: Seeking the Soul

Top Selections: 4/10

Exacta Earnings: $33.60

Trifecta Earnings: $79.28


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$250,000 Del Mar Handicap

1. Ritzy A. P.

2. The Great Day

3. Marckie’s Water

Alternate: Oscar Dominguez

$1 million TVG Pacific Classic

1. Higher Power

2. Seeking the Soul

3. Quip

Alternate: Campaign

Top Selections: 6/10

Exacta Earnings: $59.20

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Mike McCormick

Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper

$250,000 Del Mar Handicap

1. Marckie’s Water

2. United

3. Ritzy A. P.

Alternate: Itsinthepost

$1 million TVG Pacific Classic

1. Quip

2. Pavel

3. Campaign

Alternate: War Story

Top Selections: 5/10

Exacta Earnings: $25.60

Trifecta Earnings: $69.60


Nicolle Neulist

Arlington Park Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$250,000 Del Mar Handicap

1. United

2. Marckie’s Water

3. The Great Day

Alternate: Itsinthepost

$1 million TVG Pacific Classic

1. Tenfold

2. Seeking the Soul

3. Quip

Alternate: Pavel

Top Selections: 4/10

Exacta Earnings: $67.80

Trifecta Earnings: $111.60


Kenny Schmitt

FBWinners.com, Sports Handicapper

$250,000 Del Mar Handicap

1. Ritzy A. P.

2. Marckie’s Water

3. United

Alternate: Itsinthepost

$1 million TVG Pacific Classic

1. Campaign

2. Seeking the Soul

3. Tenfold

Alternate: Quip

Top Selections: 4/10

Exacta Earnings: $64.80

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Dan Tordjman

Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$250,000 Del Mar Handicap

1. The Great Day

2. United

3. Blended Citizen

Alternate: Itsinthepost

$1 million TVG Pacific Classic

1. Tenfold

2. Seeking the Soul

3. Quip

Alternate: For the Top

Top Selections: 3/10

Exacta Earnings: $31.20

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner 

$250,000 Del Mar Handicap

1. Marckie’s Water

2. The Great Day

3. United

Alternate: Itsinthepost

$1 million TVG Pacific Classic

1. Quip

2. Pavel

3. Seeking the Soul

Alternate: Mongolian Groom

Top Selections: 7/10

Exacta Earnings: $63.80

Trifecta Earnings: $79.28

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