Big Race Showdown: Action Heats Up at Woodbine, Churchill, Belmont Park


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 TV schedule

Friday, Sept. 17: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, Sept. 18: 1 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on FS2; 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, Sept. 19: 1 p.m.-2 p.m. on FS2; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. on FS1; 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. 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 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).

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This week's races are the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes Saturday at Woodbine, a Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile Presented by PDJF; the Jockey Club Derby Invitational Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park, a qualifier for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf; the Iroquois Stakes, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier at Churchill Downs for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance; and the Pocahontas Stakes, a Churchill qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The Woodbine Mile on Saturday will be shown live on NBCSN as part of NBC Sports’ Breeders Cup Challenge Series Presented by America’s Best Racing. ABR also presents a “Breeders’ Cup LIVE!” show covering the Ricoh Woodbine Mile as well as other stakes races. This show will be hosted by Dan TordjmanJessica Paquette, Mike Somich, and J.D. Fox. It will be live streamed on ABR’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

NYRA’s horse racing shows on Fox Sports resumed this week with the kickoff of the fall calendar for “America’s Day at the Races.” The program, presented by America’s Best Racing, will debut with opening-day coverage of Belmont Park’s fall meet and Churchill Downs’ September meet. “America’s Day at the Races” runs from Thursday to Sunday this week on FS2 and FS1.

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