Big-Race Showdown: Gotham, San Felipe, Tampa Bay Derby Picks

Penelope P. Miller/America's Best Racing

For the fourth 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 World Championships. 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 Candice Hare, Ashley Mailloux (Paddock Analyst, Fort Erie), Mike McCormick (PokerFuse), Nicolle Neulist (Arlington Park), Mike Somich (, Kenny Schmitt (, ABR’s Dan Tordjman, NYRA’s Darwin Vizcaya, and Derby Day Racing’s Brian Zipse.

Our featured races this week are: the $400,000, Grade 2 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs; the $400,000, Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park; and the $300,000, Grade 2 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.

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