Big-Race Showdown: Expert Selections for 2024 Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky Derby

Big-Race Showdown, Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs, Eclipse Sportswire
This week’s Big-Race Showdown contest races are the $5 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve and the $1.5 million Longines Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. (Eclipse Sportswire)

For the eighth 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 2024 Triple Crown and then continuing through the 2024 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The handicappers face off in what we like to call the “Big-Race Showdown.”

weekend TV schedule

Thursday, May 2: 1-5:30 p.m. on FS2; post time varies on FanDuel TV

Friday, May 3:
1-6 p.m. on USA Network; 1-6 p.m. on FS2; post time varies on FanDuel TV

Saturday, May 4:
12-2:30 p.m. on USA Network; 2:30-7:30 p.m. on NBC; 2-6 p.m. on FS2; post time varies on FanDuel TV

Sunday, May 5:
2-7 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 player correctly selects the most winners.

Your players for the 2024 Big Race Showdown season are Edison Hatter (In The Money Media Podcast Host & Track Announcer), Thomas Kearney (Track Announcer, Shenandoah Downs), 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 (VSiN Host; The Magic Mike Show – The Racing Dudes), Darwin Vizcaya (Handicapper and Host), Rowan Ward (Chartcaller at Hawthorne Race Track and a Freelance Writer), and Alexa Zepp (Handicapper, DRF).

This week’s Big-Race Showdown race are: the 150th running of the $1.5 million Longines Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on May 3 and the 150th edition of the $5 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 4, both at Churchill Downs

The Kentucky Oaks will be televised on USA Network and streamed live on Peacock, anchoring a Friday broadcast that runs from 1-6 p.m. ET. Post time for the Oaks is 5:51 p.m. 

The 150th Kentucky Derby will be broadcast live on NBC as part of a five-hour program on May 4 from 2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. ET and will also be livestreamed on Peacock. Post time for the Derby is 6:57 p.m.

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