Big-Race Showdown: Spotlight on Sprinters at Belmont

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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 race this week is the $300,000, Grade 2 John A. Nerud Stakes, a seven-furlong race at Belmont Park that serves as a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" Series as a qualifier for the $2 million Sprint.


Megan Devine

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$300,000 John A. Nerud Stakes

1. Promises Fulfilled

2. Nicodemus

3. New York Central

Alternate: Warrior’s Club

Top Selections: 1/3

Exacta Earnings: $10.40

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Emily Gullikson

OptixEQ, Tournament Handicapper

$300,000 John A. Nerud Stakes

1. Nicodemus

2. Promises Fulfilled

3. New York Central

Alternate: Pat On the Back

Top Selections: 2/3

Exacta Earnings: $10.40

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Candice Hare

TVG On-Air Host and Analyst

$300,000 John A. Nerud Stakes

1. Promises Fulfilled

2. Pat On the Back

3. Do Share

Alternate: Nicodemus

Top Selections: 1/3

Exacta Earnings: $10.40

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Mike McCormick

Horse Racing Writer, Handicapper

$300,000 John A. Nerud Stakes

1. Nicodemus

2. Do Share

3. Promises Fulfilled

Alternate: Pat On the Back

Top Selections: 2/3

Exacta Earnings: $0

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Nicolle Neulist

Arlington Park Chart Caller and Freelance Writer

$300,000 John A. Nerud Stakes

1. Pat On the Back

2. Promises Fulfilled

3. Warrior’s Club

Alternate: New York Central

Top Selections: 1/3

Exacta Earnings: $11

Trifecta Earnings: $42


Kenny Schmitt

FBWinners.com, Sports Handicapper

$300,000 John A. Nerud Stakes

1. Promises Fulfilled

2. Warrior’s Club

3. Pat On the Back

Alternate: New York Central

Top Selections: 0/3

Exacta Earnings: $10.40

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80


Dan Tordjman

Correspondent and Handicapper for America's Best Racing

$300,000 John A. Nerud Stakes

1. Pat On the Back

2. New York Central

3. Promises Fulfilled

Alternate: Warrior’s Club

Top Selections: 1/3

Exacta Earnings: $0

Trifecta Earnings: $0


Brian Zipse

Derby Day Racing Managing Partner 

$300,000 John A. Nerud Stakes

1. Promises Fulfilled

2. Nicodemus

3. Warrior’s Club

Alternate: Pat On the Back

Top Selections: 3/3

Exacta Earnings: $21.40

Trifecta Earnings: $16.80

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