Big-Race Showdown: Whitney, Personal Ensign Picks

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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

Friday, July 31: 1-6:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, Aug. 1: 1-3 p.m. ET on FS1; 3-4 p.m. ET on FS2; 4-6 p.m. ET on FS1; 6-7:30 p.m. ET on FS2; 7-10 p.m. on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, Aug. 2: 1-4 p.m. ET on FS1; 4-6:30 p.m. ET on FS2; 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 players for the second half of the 2020 season are Ashley Mailloux (Paddock Analyst, Fort Erie), Mike McCormick (PokerFuse), Nicolle Neulist (Arlington Park), Roberto Rodriguez (, Mike Somich (, Kenny Schmitt (, ABR’s Dan Tordjman, TV analyst Darwin Vizcaya, and Derby Day Racing’s Brian Zipse.

Our featured races this week are: the Whitney Stakes, which offers the winner a guaranteed berth in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic; and the Personal Ensign Stakes, which grants the winner a berth in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

These two Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” preps will be televised on the Fox Sports show "Saratoga Live" with the Personal Ensign on FS2 during the 3-4 p.m. telecast and the Whitney on FS1 during its 4-6 p.m. broadcast.

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