Big-Race Showdown: Saturday-Sunday Del Mar Double

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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 $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes on Saturday, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race for the Sprint, and the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on Sunday, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race for the Longines Distaff. Both are Grade 1 races at Del Mar.


Megan Devine

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes

1. Recruiting Ready

2. Cistron

3. Air Strike

Alternate:  Line Judge

$300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

1. Secret Spice

2. La Force

3. Paradise Woods

Alternate: Just a Smidge

Top Selections: 3/5

Exacta Earnings: $22.40

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes

1. Jalen Journey

2. Line Judge

3. Air Strike

Alternate: Recruiting Ready

$300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

1. Paradise Woods

2. Secret Spice

3. La Force

Alternate: Ollie’s Candy

Top Selections: 3/5

Exacta Earnings: $10.40

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes

1. Cistron

2. Air Strike

3. Calexman

Alternate: Recruiting Ready

$300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

1. Ollie’s Candy

2. Paradise Woods

3. La Force

Alternate: Secret Spice

Top Selections: 2/5

Exacta Earnings: $10.40

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Mike McCormick

Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper

$300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes

1. Cistron

2. Line Judge

3. Chief Cicatriz

Alternate: Recruiting Ready

$300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

1. La Force

2. Secret Spice

3. Paradise Woods

Alternate: Just a Smidge

Top Selections: 2/5

Exacta Earnings: $0

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Nicolle Neulist

Arlington Park Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes

1. Recruiting Ready

2. Line Judge

3. Desert Law

Alternate: Cistron

$300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

1. Secret Spice

2. La Force

3. Paradise Woods

Alternate: Ollie’s Candy

Top Selections: 2/5

Exacta Earnings: $42.20

Trifecta Earnings: $42


Kenny Schmitt

FBWinners.com, Sports Handicapper

$300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes

1. Air Strike

2. Line Judge

3. Chief Cicatriz

Alternate: Cistron

$300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

1. Secret Spice

2. La Force

3. Paradise Woods

Alternate: Ollie’s Candy

Top Selections: 1/5

Exacta Earnings: $41.60

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Dan Tordjman

Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$1,000,000 TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes

$300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes

1. Recruiting Ready

2. Cistron

3. Line Judge

Alternate: Air Strike

$300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

1. Secret Spice

2. Paradise Woods

3. La Force

Alternate: Ollie’s Candy

Top Selections: 1/5

Exacta Earnings: $31.20

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner 

$300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes

1. Air Strike

2. Line Judge

3. Cistron

Alternate: Recruiting Ready

$300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes

1. Secret Spice

2. La Force

3. Paradise Woods

Alternate: Ollie’s Candy

Top Selections: 4/5

Exacta Earnings: $40.60

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80

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