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Big-Race Showdown: Expert Picks for Three Key Kentucky Derby Prep Races

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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 three 100-point qualifying races for the 2023 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve: the $300,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park, and the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The races offer points for Derby 149 distributed on a 50-20-15-10-5 basis to the top five finishers in the race and will all be broadcast live on CNBC as part of a two-hour show from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. ET on March 4. The NBC Sports crew will be on hand to cover all of the action as part of the network’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series. FanDuel TV will also show the above three races live



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