Big Race Showdown: Picks for Jockey Club Gold Cup, Flower Bowl

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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. 3: 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, Sept. 4:
12:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on FS2; 6 p.m.-7 p.m. on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, Sept. 5: 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Monday, Sept. 6:
12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. on FS2; 5 p.m.-6 p.m. on FS1; 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 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 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 $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes and the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup, both on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. Both races previously were held in September or October at Belmont Park, but were moved to Saratoga for the 2021 meet. The Jockey Club Gold Cup is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic while the Flower Bowl winner earns a starting spot in the Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

The Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Flower Bowl Saturday will be shown live on NBCSN as NBC Sports’ Breeders Cup Challenge Series TV coverage resumes. The one-hour broadcast begins at 6 p.m. ET.


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