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2022 Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Belmont Week = Championship Week
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2022 Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Belmont Week = Championship Week

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 we head into the Belmont Stakes (G1) this weekend. Remember, the league ends as soon as the Belmont is finished, and just 2 teams have a shot at the title, making Saturday a championship showdown:

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

  • In a 3-way shake: Real Dynasty CLAIMED Nest and DROPPED Simplification
  • Michael/Dan CLAIMED Golden Glider and DROPPED Major General

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 (1/9) 

  • Doppelgänger – The 1st round pick hasn’t made much of an impact all year, but if he somehow wins the Affirmed Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, then they will have officially clinched the championship.
  • Epicenter – There is no doubt he suffered two heart-breaking losses; however, he’s likely done enough to win this team a championship.
  • White Abarrio – The Kentucky Derby (G1) was not his day; however, he was great for this team overall, winning 2 big preps.
  • Strava – He’s the gift that finally gave… picking up a big 5-point win in an allowance at Churchill Downs.
  • Gilded Age – He scratched out of a turf race after entering as an MTO and now likely won’t make another appearance before the league ends Saturday.

2. Jon White/Ryan Stillman (8/5)

3. Austin Elsey/Steve “Evil Steveil” Ronchetto (99/1) 

4. Real Dynasty (99/1)

5. Geist (99/1)

  • Mo Donegal – He fell just short of hitting the board in the Kentucky Derby (G1) despite getting a perfect setup. However, he’s the likely favorite in the Belmont Stakes (G1) this weekend.
  • 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. We’ll see him again this weekend in the Belmont Stakes (G1).
  • Gunite – He came back last weekend; however, was only able to finish second in an allowance at Churchill Downs.

6. Jared Welch (99/1) 

  • Emmanuel – Just like Jared planned all along… he was able to win the Pennine Ridge Stakes (G2) on turf!
  • 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 was nowhere to be found in a recent Churchill Downs allowance race.
  • 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 (99/1)

8. Paul “Free Beers” Withrow (99/1)

9. Kelby Von Hemel (99/1)

10. Dan Waite and Michael Myers (99/1) 

  • 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 highly disappointed again on the turf last weekend.
  • 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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