Big-Race Showdown: Expert Selections for Black-Eyed Susan, Preakness Stakes

Preakness Pimlico 2023 Triple Crown Mage
This week the panel will ,ake selections for the Preakness Stakes and the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico. (Eclipse Sportswire)

For the seventh 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 2023 Triple Crown and then continuing through the 2023 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The handicappers face off in what we like to call the “Big Race Showdown.”

weekend Television schedule

Thursday, May 18: 3-7 p.m. on FS2; post time varies on FanDuel TV

Friday, May 19: 1-8:30 p.m. on FS2; 8:30-11:30 p.m. on FS1; post time varies on FanDuel TV

Saturday, May 20: 12:30-6:30 p.m. and 8-11 p.m. on FS2; 1-4:30 p.m. on CNBC 4:30-7:30 p.m. on NBC post time varies on FanDuel TV

Sunday, May 21: 12:30-4:50 p.m. on FS2; post time varies on FanDuel TV

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 playercorrectly selects the most winners.

Your players for the 2023 Big Race Showdown season are Edison Hatter (In the Money Media Analyst, Meadowlands On-Air Host), Ashley Mailloux (freelance racing analyst), Jessica Paquette (Racecaller for Parx Racing, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation), John Piassek (Communications Manager, Maryland Horse Breeders Association),  Roberto Rodriguez (El Potro Roberto, DRF en Espanol), Mike Somich (The Magic Mike Show, Somo Bombs Handicapper – The Racing Dudes), Naomi Tukker (Eclipse Award-winning Sports Broadcaster, World Horse Racing Producer),  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).

This week’s Big Race Showdown races are the 98th George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday, May 19, and the 148th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday, May 20. 

NBC Sports will televise the Preakness exclusively on NBC to wrap up a broadcast running from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET. Earlier races from Pimlico’s card will be shown on CNBC from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the entire Preakness Day broadcast will also be available for streaming on Peacock and accessible on and the NBC Sports app. Peacock will also livestream the 98th George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and other Pimlico races Friday, May 19, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

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