Big-Race Showdown: Met Mile, Belmont 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 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,  Mike McCormick, Nicolle Neulist, Dan Tordjman, and Brian Zipse.

Our featured races this week are the $1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap and the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets on June 8. NBC Sports’ broadcast of the 151st Belmont Stakes is the centerpiece of the week’s extensive media coverage. Coverage begins on NBCSN with a Belmont Access show on Friday, June 7, from 5-6 p.m. ET. On Saturday, June 8, NBCSN will broadcast from 2:30-4 p.m. ET live from Belmont Park, featuring several graded stakes races on the loaded undercard, before switching to NBC from 4-7 p.m. ET for more undercard races and then the Belmont Stakes.


Dan Cronin

Horse Racing Handicapper, NHC Qualifier

$1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap

1. McKinzie

2. Mitole

3. Thunder Snow

Alternate: Firenze Fire

$1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Tacitus

2. Intrepid Heart

3. War of Will

Alternate: Master Fencer

Winning Top Choice: 6/27

Exacta Earnings: $256.40

Trifecta Earnings: $434.88


Megan Devine

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap

1. McKinzie

2. Mitole

3. Prince Lucky

Alternate: Firenze Fire

$1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. War of Will

2. Tax

3. Bourbon War

Alternate: Tacitus

Winning Top Choice: 5/27

Exacta Earnings: $232.40

Trifecta Earnings: $587.08


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap

1. Promises Fulfilled

2. Coal Front

3. Tale of Silence

Alternate: McKinzie

$1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Intrepid Heart

2. Tacitus

3. Spinoff

Alternate: Sir Winston

Winning Top Choice: 2/27

Exacta Earnings: $85.00

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Mike McCormick

Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper

$1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap

1. McKinzie

2. Promises Fulfilled

3. Coal Front

Alternate: Thunder Snow

$1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Tacitus

2. Tax

3. Sir Winston

Alternate: Bourbon War

Winning Top Choice: 5/27

Exacta Earnings: $118.80

Trifecta Earnings: $38.40


Nicolle Neulist

Arlington Park Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap

1. Firenze Fire

2. Coal Front

3. Prince Lucky

Alternate: McKinzie

$1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Intrepid Heart

2. War of Will

3. Tax

Alternate: Tacitus

Winning Top Choice: 8/27

Exacta Earnings: $345.60

Trifecta Earnings: $752.68


Dan Tordjman

Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap

1. Firenze Fire

2. Thunder Snow

3. Coal Front

Alternate: McKinzie

$1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Intrepid Heart

2. Joevia

3. Tacitus

Alternate: Spinoff

Winning Top Choice: 4/27

Exacta Earnings: $80.20

Trifecta Earnings: $69.80


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner 

$1.2 million Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap

1. Firenze Fire

2. McKinzie

3. Thunder Snow

Alternate: Mitole

$1.5 million Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

1. Tacitus

2. Intrepid Heart

3. Tax

Alternate: War of Will

Winning Top Choice: 3/27

Exacta Earnings: $96.00

Trifecta Earnings: $183.00

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