Big-Race Showdown: Risen Star and Rachel Alexandra Picks

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For the sixth 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 the2022 Triple Crown and then continuing through the 2022 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The handicappers face off in what we like to call the “Big Race Showdown.”

Television schedule

Friday, Feb. 18: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, Feb. 19:
1 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, Feb. 20:
3 p.m.-6 p.m. on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Monday, Feb. 21:
3 p.m.-6 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 2022 Big Race Showdown season are Edison Hatter (In the Money Media Analyst, Meadowlands On-Air Host), Spencer Luginbuhl (Redboard Rewind Podcast from In the Money Media, The Daily Gallop), Ashley Mailloux (Project Lead, 1/ST Racing), Jessica Paquette (Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, analyst for Colonial Downs and Sam Houston Race Park), John Piassek (Handicapper and Writer, America’s Best Racing),  Louis Rabaut (Handicapper and Host, Horse Racing Happy Hour), Roberto Rodriguez (El Potro Roberto, DRF en Espanol), Mike Somich (The Magic Mike Show, Somo Bombs Handicapper – The Racing Dudes), Naomi Tukker (Maryland Jockey Club Racing Analyst),  Darwin Vizcaya (Handicapper and Host, La Trifecta from America’s Best Racing), Rowan Ward (Chartcaller at Hawthorne Race Track and a Freelance Writer), and Brian Zipse (Senior Writer for Horse Racing Nation and Host of HorseCenter).

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This week's races are the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford and the $300,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes Presented by Fasig-Tipton, both on Saturday at Fair Grounds. The Risen Star is the first Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve points prep to boost the points distribution to a total of 85, distributed to the top four finishers on a 50-20-10-5 scale; the Rachel Alexandra offers the same qualifying points scale for 3-year-old fillies seeking to qualify for the Longines Kentucky Oaks. The Risen Star and Rachel Alexandra Stakes will be televised on TVG along with races from many other tracks as part of their daily comprehensive package.

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