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The rules are simple. “Win” a race in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, and you’re “in” the Breeders’ Cup with all expenses paid.

The first North American race in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series is the $500,000, Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile Stakes on Memorial Day at Santa Anita Park. The one-mile race offers a “Win and You’re In” berth to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile, and this bonus prize — plus the rich purse — has attracted a high-quality field of nine horses.

Dan’s Double of the Week, featuring handicapping analysis from America’s Best Racing’s New York correspondent Dan Tordjman, is brought to you by, the official online qualifying site of the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) and National Horseplayers Championship (NHC). offers low-cost feeders every day and BCBC and NHC qualifiers every weekend, and it’s the only site where you can qualify for the $1 million BCBC.

America’s Best Racing, Belle Premium American Vodka, and handicapper (and avid gambler) Monique Vág team up to provide horseplayers with their best bets of the weekend.

Vág will identify her top picks as well as at least one longshot play of the weekend, a nice opportunity to swing for the fences on a win bet or to take a shot with a show bet. She also will occasionally look for strong exacta plays for the weekend or try to spot a nice opportunity for other wagers.

The Grade 2, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes brings together a field of seven at Santa Anita Park, including the 2017 winner of this race, Ashleyluvssugar, who has not won in 11 races since his victory two years ago.

Two weeks after the stunning developments in the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve, the Preakness Stakes offered a similar result when the horses crossed the wire – only this time there was not a disqualification.

Handicappers who mixed one of the top three choices in the main event with a longshot were rewarded.

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