Authentic on the track at Pimlico on Thursday morning. Photo by Allison Janezic.

Can Authentic take the Preakness Stakes and, thus, two legs of the Triple Crown? Will it be a filly — Swiss Skydiver — in the Preakness? Or one of the other contenders?

We asked six top handicappers for their picks for the Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Their answers:

Ted BlackDerby Bill WatsonLinda DoughertyGary QuillNick Hahn
Black-Eyed Susan
15 – Bonny South (KY)5 – Bonny South (KY)8 – Hopeful Growth (KY)5 – Bonny South (KY)5 – Bonny South (KY)
24 – Dream Marie (KY)8 – Hopeful Growth (KY)5 – Bonny South (KY)4 – Dream Marie (KY)8 – Hopeful Growth (KY)
32 – Truth Hurts (ON)1 – Project Whiskey (MD)11 – Perfect Alibi (KY)7 – Mizzen Beau (ON)7 – Mizzen Beau (ON)
43 – So Darn Hot (KY)3 – So Darn Hot (KY)1 – Project Whiskey (MD)1 – Project Whiskey (MD)2 – Truth Hurts (ON)
19 – Authentic (KY)7 – Ny Traffic (NY)9 – Authentic (KY)3 – Art Collector (KY)8 – Max Player (KY)
27 – Ny Traffic (NY)3 – Art Collector (KY)5 – Thousand Words (FL)9 – Authentic (KY)2 – Mr. Big News (KY)
33 – Art Collector (KY)8 – Max Player (KY)3 – Art Collector (KY)2 – Mr. Big News (KY)9 – Authentic (KY)
45 – Thousand Words (FL)9 – Authentic (KY)4 – Swiss Skydiver (KY)8 – Max Player (KY)7 – Ny Traffic (NY)

Check out our Preakness horse-by-horse analysis, including video pps.

CONSENSUS: Four of five ‘cappers see the G2 Black-Eyed Susan going to morning line fave Bonny South… Preakness selections are more spread out, with four different horses getting a vote on top


  • Ted Black is a longtime racing correspondent who provides weekly Saturday Charles Town picks.
  • Linda Dougherty has been writing about racing since 1990, including serving as a newspaper handicapper.
  • Nick Hahn is host of Off to the Races radio and writes the daily Nick’s Picks tip sheet for Colonial Downs racing.
  • John Piassek writes Laurel Park Picks and Ponderings for The Racing Biz.
  • Gary Quill formerly wrote The GQ Approach handicapping column for The Racing Biz.
  • Derby Bill Watson was the original on-air handicapper for Colonial Downs and is a regular on Off to the Races radio.