Big-Race Showdown: Focus on Fountain of Youth

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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 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, beginning with the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26. 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 Dan Cronin, Megan Devine, Emily Gullikson, Candice Hare, Mike McCormick, Nicolle Neulist, Dan Tordjman, and Brian Zipse.

Our featured race for this week: the Grade 2, $400,000 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes on March 2 at Gulfstream Park. The Fountain of Youth anchors a three-hour broadcast of "Fox Sports Saturday At The Races" presented by America's Best Racing, Runhappy and Claiborne Farm on FS2 from 3 to 6 p.m. ET.


Dan Cronin

Horse Racing Handicapper, NHC Qualifier

$400,000 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes

1. Hidden Scroll

2. Signalman

3. Vekoma

Alternate: Code of Honor

Winning Top Choice: 4/8

Exacta Earnings: $65.20

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Megan Devine

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$400,000 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes

1. Signalman

2. Bourbon War

3. Hidden Scroll

Alternate: Code of Honor

Winning Top Choice: 1/8

Exacta Earnings: $87.00

Trifecta Earnings: $210.40


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$400,000 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes

1. Hidden Scroll

2. Code of Honor

3. Signalman

Alternate: Bourbon War

Winning Top Choice: 0/8

Exacta Earnings: $16.60

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$400,000 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes

1. Bourbon War

2. Vekoma

3. Hidden Scroll

Alternate: Global Campaign

Winning Top Choice: 4/8

Exacta Earnings: $48.60

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Mike McCormick

Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper

$400,000 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes

1. Bourbon War

2. Vekoma

3. Hidden Scroll

Alternate: Global Campaign

Winning Top Choice: 2/8

Exacta Earnings: $48.60

Trifecta Earnings: $14.80


Nicolle Neulist

Arlington Park Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$400,000 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes

1. Bourbon War

2. Signalman

3. Vekoma

Alternate: Global Campaign

Winning Top Choice: 4/8

Exacta Earnings: $36.80

Trifecta Earnings: $14.80


Dan Tordjman

Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$400,000 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes

1. Global Campaign

2. Signalman

3. Hidden Scroll

Alternate: Bourbon War

Winning Top Choice: 1/8

Exacta Earnings: $65.20

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner 

$400,000 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes

1. Vekoma

2. Global Campaign

3. Hidden Scroll

Alternate: Code of Honor

Winning Top Choice: 3/8

Exacta Earnings: $16.60

Trifecta Earnings: $14.80

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