Big-Race Showdown: Santa Anita Derby Selections

Eclipse Sportswire

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, June 4: 1-6:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Friday, June 5: 1-2:20 and 4:30-6:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, June 6: 2:30-3 p.m. ET on FS2; 3-8 p.m. ET on FS1; 4-6 p.m. ET on NBC; 6-7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, June 7: 1-2 p.m. ET on FS2; 2-6 p.m. ET on FS1; 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 83rd Runhappy Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park June 6. The Grade 1, $400,000 race for 3-year-olds serves as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, which was postponed until Sept. 5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Triple Crown in 2020 will begin with the Belmont Stakes June 20.

NBCSN continues its simulcast of TVG's “Trackside Live," which shows live racing from Santa Anita Park and other tracks. The Santa Anita Derby will be featured in the simulcast from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET.

"Trackside Live" will also air on its home network, and TVG will show live racing from racetracks around the country as per usual starting earlier each day as part of its package. 

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