Big-Race Showdown: Pegasus Weekend Kicks Off 2019 Season

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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, Candice Hare, Mike McCormick, Nicolle Neulist, Dan Tordjman, and Brian Zipse.

Our featured races for this week are the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. 26. Television coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.


Dan Cronin

Horse Racing Handicapper, NHC Qualifier

$9 million Pegasus World Cup

1. City of Light

2. Accelerate

3. Gunnevera

Alternate: Tom’s d’Etat

$7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf

1. Bricks and Mortar

2. Magic Wand

3. Channel Maker

Alternate: Yoshida 


Megan Devine

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$9 million Pegasus World Cup

1. Accelerate

2. City of Light

3. Seeking the Soul

Alternate: Gunnevera

$7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf

1. Bricks and Mortar

2. Yoshida

3. Catapult

Alternate: Next Shares


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$9 million Pegasus World Cup

1. Bravazo

2. Seeking the Soul

3. Audible

Alternate: City of Light

$7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf

1. Delta Prince

2. Magic Wand

3. Channel Maker

Alternate: Yoshida


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$9 million Pegasus World Cup

1. City of Light

2. Accelerate

3. Bravazo

Alternate: Tom’s d’Etat

$7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf

1. Catapult

2. Bricks and Mortar

3. Aerolithe

Alternate: Yoshida


Mike McCormick

Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper

$9 million Pegasus World Cup

1. City of Light

2. Accelerate

3. Bravazo

Alternate: Audible

$7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf

1. Yoshida

2. Catapult

3. Bricks and Mortar

Alternate: Fahan Muha


Nicolle Neulist

Arlington Park Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$9 million Pegasus World Cup

1. City of Light

2. Accelerate

3. Tom’s d’Etat

Alternate: Bravazo

$7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf

1. Yoshida

2. Bricks and Mortar

3. Delta Prince

Alternate: Channel Maker


Dan Tordjman

Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$9 million Pegasus World Cup

1. Tom’s d’Etat

2. Accelerate

3. True Timber

Alternate: Something Awesome

$7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf

1. Bricks and Mortar

2. Magic Wand

3. Next Shares

Alternate: Aerolithe


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner 

$9 million Pegasus World Cup

1. Gunnevera

2. Accelerate

3. City of Light

Alternate: Bravazo

$7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf

1. Aerolithe

2. Catapult

3. Yoshida

Alternate: Magic Wand

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