Big Race Showdown: 2021 Haskell Stakes Selections


For the fifth 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 the “Big Race Showdown.”

weekend Television schedule

Friday, July 16: 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, July 17: 1 p.m.-2 p.m. on FS1; 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. and 8 p.m.-10 p.m. on FS2; 5 p.m.-6 p.m. on NBC; 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on FOX; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, July 18: 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on FS2; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. 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 players for the 2021 Breeders' Cup season are Ashley Mailloux (Project Lead, 1/ST Racing), Roberto Rodriguez (El Potro Roberto, DRF en Espanol), Nicolle Neulist (Chartcaller at Hawthorne Race Track and Arlington Park and a Freelance Writer), Louis Rabaut (Handicapper and Host, Horse Racing Happy Hour), Mike Somich (The Magic Mike Show, Somo Bombs Handicapper – The Racing Dudes), John Piassek (Handicapper and Writer, America’s Best Racing), Darwin Vizcaya (Handicapper and Host, La Trifecta from America’s Best Racing), Brian Zipse (Senior Writer for Horse Racing Nation and Host of HorseCenter), Naomi Tukker (Maryland Jockey Club Racing Analyst), Spencer Luginbuhl (Redboard Rewind Podcast from In the Money Media, The Daily Gallop), Edison Hatter (In the Money Media Analyst, Meadowlands On-Air Host), and Mike Gandolfo (Handicapper and Host, Horse Racing Happy Hour).

This week's race is the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday. The Haskell is a "Win and You're In" Challenge Series qualifying race for the Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 6 at Del Mar. It will be broadcast live on NBC during a show starting at 5 p.m. ET and has a scheduled post time of 5:47 p.m. ET.

For live streaming coverage of the Haskell, America’s Best Racing and Breeders’ Cup present “Breeders’ Cup LIVE! Road to the Longines Classic” hosted by Dan Tordjman and Ren Hakim Carothers.  The show features special guests including Monmouth Park track announcer Frank Mirahmadi, Monmouth director of marketing Brian Skirka, Samantha Perry, and Vic Stauffer. The show has a start time of 5 p.m. ET and can be viewed on ABR’s FacebookTwitter, and YouTube pages and on Breeders’ Cup’s FacebookTwitter, and YouTube pages.

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