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For the third 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 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, beginning with the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Pa

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.

Historically speaking, the profile of a typical El Camino Real Derby winner is not what you might expect at first glance.

The Grade 2, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes presented by Lamarque Ford is expected to see a big field of 14 break from the gate at Fair Grounds, with 14 entered plus one also-eligible. Many eyes will be on Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes winner War of Will, who breaks from the extreme outside.

If you like betting both basketball and horse racing, you've come to the right place!

Each week in Hoops and Horses you'll find analysis and key basketball bets from The Action Network's BlackJack Fletcher plus racing picks from Jose Contreras.

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