Big Race Showdown: Vosburgh Picks, Focus on Keeneland's Fall Stars


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, Oct. 8: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ET on FS2; 5 p.m.-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, Oct. 9: 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. on FS2; 5 p.m.-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, Oct. 10: 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. on FS2; 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. on FS1; 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on FS2; 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. ET 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 $250,000 Vosburgh Stakes Saturday at Belmont Park, a Challenge Series “Win & You’re In” qualifying race for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint; the $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Saturday at Keeneland, a qualifying race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint; the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Saturday at Keeneland, a Challenge Series race for the TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance; and the $750,000 Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes Saturday at Keeneland, a prep for the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile Presented by PDJF). 

NBC Sports will provide extensive coverage of racing at Keeneland throughout Fall Stars weekend, including a broadcast Saturday from from 5 to 6 p.m. ET. Racing from Belmont Park, which holds two “Win and You’re In” preps over the weekend, will air on America’s Day at the Races.” The program, produced by NYRA and presented by America’s Best Racing, runs from Thursday to Sunday this week on FS2 and FS1 – check the below schedule for air times.

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