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.”
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 $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks presented by Fasig-Tipton, a key prep race for the Grade 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks; the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, which awards 100 points to the winner toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve; and the $700,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park, which awards 100 points to the winner toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. All three contest races are schedule for Saturday, March 25. Both the Louisiana Derby and the Jeff Ruby will also be broadcast on CNBC and Peacock during a one-hour show Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET as part of NBC Sports’ “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series. The show will be hosted by Ahmed Fareed with analysis from Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey. FanDuel TV also will show all three races.