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2022 Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Preakness Week Is Here
Epicenter (Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir)

2022 Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Preakness Week Is Here

Each week, this important article will provide the standings, power rankings, and recent transactions for every league member. Not only will you see the latest claims in the league (which will show you what horses might be up-and-coming), but you will also get updates on the Kentucky Derby contenders as they prepare for their next starts along the Kentucky Derby Trail.

Let’s check the updates and see the latest news on all 50 horses in the league as the Kentucky Derby is now complete:

Current Standings

RankTeamScore Current Team Members
1The Magic Mike Show337Doppelgänger, Epicenter, White Abarrio, Strava, Gilded Age
2Jon White/Ryan Stillman251Secret Oath, Tawny Port, Early Voting, Rich Strike, In Due Time
3Geist 206Mo Donegal, Make It Big, Dean's List, Barber Road, Gunite
4Austin Elsey/Evil Steveil 173Zandon, My Prankster, Ethereal Road, Cyberknife, Chasing Time
5Real Dynasty 151Pappacap, Crown Pride, Nest, Tiz the Bomb, Zozos
6Aaron Halterman102Jack Christopher, Messier, Unpredictable Bay, Sir London, We the People
7Jared Welch 96Emmanuel, Commandperformance, Taiba, Stellar Tap, Wit
8Kelby Von Hemel67Blackadder, Rattle N Roll, Call Me Midnight, Armagnac, Creative Minister
9Paul Withrow 65Smile Happy, Charge It, Echo Zulu, McLaren Vale, American Icon
10Dan Waite/Michael Myers3Set Sail, Slow Down Andy, Golden Glider, High Oak, Electability

Recent Claims

There are two claims to announce this week:

  • Kelby Von Hemel CLAIMED Armagnac and DROPPED Pinehurst
  • Kelby Von Hemel CLAIMED Creative Minister and DROPPED Forbidden Kingdom

Power Rankings

The “Power Rankings” feature teams’ odds to win the contest, as well as an update on every horse on each team. Here we go:

1. The Magic Mike Show (1/5) 

2. Jon White/Ryan Stillman (7/2) 

3. Austin Elsey/Steve “Evil Steveil” Ronchetto (5/1) 

  • Zandon – He was right there with a chance to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) but just couldn’t quite get there.
  • My Prankster – He was much improved in the Pat Day Mile (G2).
  • Ethereal Road – He scratched out of the Kentucky Derby (G1), which allowed Rich Strike to run and win!
  • Cyberknife – This horse was nowhere to be found in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
  • Chasing Time – He has gone backwards with back-to-back poor efforts.

4. Real Dynasty (50/1)

5. Geist (50/1)

  • Mo Donegal – He fell just short of hitting the board in the Kentucky Derby (G1) despite getting a perfect setup.
  • Make It Big – He was pretty disappointing in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) and fell off the Derby Trail.
  • Dean’s List – He most recently lost the Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park.
  • Barber Road – He did what he always does in the Kentucky Derby (G1), showing up with a run, but not good enough to make an impact.
  • Gunite – He’s finally back on the work tab with breezes at Churchill Downs.

6. Jared Welch (50/1) 

  • Emmanuel – He ran better in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1), but still finished third. He is moving to the turf after that performance.
  • Commandperformance – They gave him another shot in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1), but he still was unable to make an impact.
  • Taiba – The clock struck midnight as he didn’t show up with his best effort in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
  • Stellar Tap – He couldn’t even make an impact in the Oaklawn Stakes; however, at least he earned 1 participation point for his Fantasy owner.
  • Wit – He came back with a pretty solid victory in the Bay Shore Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct. It was nice to see him finally break well from the gate.

7. Aaron Halterman (50/1)

8. Paul “Free Beers” Withrow (50/1)

9. Kelby Von Hemel (50/1)

10. Dan Waite and Michael Myers (50/1) 

  • Set Sail – LOL.
  • Slow Down Andy – He won the Sunland Derby (G3) to bring this team out of last place temporarily, but missing the Kentucky Derby (G1) helped send this team back down to the bottom.
  • Major General – This horse was awful in the Pat Day Mile (G2).
  • High Oak – You always hate to see a horse fall, but the good news is he is reportedly unharmed by the incident from the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).
  • Electability – Double LOL.

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