Big-Race Showdown: Matt Winn Stakes Selections

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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.”

weekend TV schedule

Thursday, May 21: 1-6 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Friday, May 22: 12:30-2:20 p.m., 4:30-6 p.m. ET on FS2; 4-7 p.m. ET on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, May 23: 1-2:30 p.m. ET on FS2; 2:30-6:30 p.m. ET on FS1; 4-8 p.m. ET on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, May 24: 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET on FS2; 3:30-6 p.m. ET on FS1; 4-8 p.m. ET on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

Monday, May 25: 1-6 p.m. ET on FS2; 6-8 p.m. ET on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

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 race this week is: the $150,000, Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes Saturday at Churchill Downs, which stands as the marquee race for 3-year-olds during the iconic Louisville track’s spring meet with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve postponed until Sept. 5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Comprehensive Churchill Downs coverage will continue to be featured on the Fox Sports show “America’s Day at the Races.” Produced by NYRA and presented by Runhappy, Claiborne Farm and America's Best Racing, the show is hosted by Greg Wolf and Laffit Pincay III, and the upcoming weekend's broadcast team includes Gary Stevens, Michelle Yu, Andy Serling, and Jonathon Kinchen.

Live coverage of the Matt Winn will be available on FS1 during their broadcast Saturday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET.

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