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2022 Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Three Weeks of Derby Mania Await!
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2022 Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Three Weeks of Derby Mania Await!

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 Louisiana Derby Weekend:

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 no claims to announce this week

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 (7/5) 

  • Doppelgänger – He wasn’t bad in the San Felipe Stakes (G2); however, for the second straight start, he was no match for Forbidden Kingdom.
  • Epicenter – This horse took a big step forward with a dominant win in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds. He is now the best of the bunch that is currently eligible for the race. We’ll see him this weekend in the Louisiana Derby (G2).
  • White Abarrio – His Holy Bull Stakes (G3) victory was very impressive and he received a solid 97 Beyer for the effort.
  • Strava – He lost against allowance company in his most recent start once again as the team would really like to move on from him; however, they keep losing shakes. Big surprise.
  • Gilded Age – His first try against stakes company wasn’t awful, finishing third in the Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct. That race has already seen a next-out winner. We’ll see him in the UAE Derby (G2) this weekend in Dubai.

2. Jon White/Ryan Stillman (9/5) 

3. Real Dynasty (9/2)

4. Kelby Von Hemel (8/1)

5. Austin Elsey/Steve “Evil Steveil” Ronchetto (15/1) 

  • Zandon – His third in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) was a solid start to his season. We’ll see if he can move forward off of that effort.
  • My Prankster – He was very impressive in the Swale Stakes (G3); however, it looks like they’ll probably keep him sprinting.
  • Ethereal Road – The newest member of this team is improving with each start for D. Wayne Lukas.
  • Cyberknife – Now we’re talking! This horse has shown talent and finally put it together mentally, dominating allowance company at Fair Grounds. The Arkansas Derby (G1) will be next.
  • Chasing Time – Yuck, he was a very lackluster fifth in a poor running of the Rebel Stakes (G2).

6. Aaron Halterman (15/1)

  • Jack Christopher – He’s basically worthless in this league, as it looks like he won’t be back anytime soon, but at least he is back on the work tab.
  • Messier – Now we’re talking! Messier crushed the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), receiving a crop-best 103 Beyer for the victory.
  • Unpredictable Bay – He was beyond bad in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3).
  • Sir London – He sucked something fierce in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3).
  • We the People – The newest member of the team picked up a nice allowance victory in his last start and should be heading towards a Kentucky Derby prep race next.

7. Paul “Free Beers” Withrow (20/1)

  • Smile Happy – It was a disappointing second for him in the Risen Star Stakes (G2); however, he ran well and should move forward off of that race.
  • Charge It – Paul won this promising prospect in a 5-way shake, but he’ll only get one shot at a prep, which will be in the Florida Derby (G1).
  • Echo Zulu – She might be the best overall 2-year-old in the crop, but will they try her against the boys? And will she come back just as strong as a 3-year-old? We’ll find out this weekend in the Fair Ground Oaks (G2).
  • McLaren Vale – He’s finally back in action this weekend in the Sunland Derby (G3).
  • American Icon – It’s never good when you lose against allowance horses, and they are hitting the reset button with him now.

8. Jared Welch (30/1) 

  • Emmanuel – Nothing went right in his stakes debut as he was off the board in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).
  • Commandperformance – LOL watch this
  • Taiba – He was ultra-impressive in a maiden special weight victory at Santa Anita, but it’s late in the game, so we’ll see if he can make an impact in this league.
  • Stellar Tap – He was terrible the Rebel Stakes (G2). Not sure what you do with him next.
  • Wit – He has terrible trouble out of the gate but has talent and should do well going longer. Let’s see where he ends up next as he is now back on the workout tab.

9. Geist (30/1)

  • Mo Donegal – Even though he was third in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3), it was a solid effort and will set him up well for his next start.
  • Make It Big – He was pretty disappointing in the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3). It looks like he is now off the Derby Trail.
  • Dean’s List – This ended up being a solid claim after he finished second in the Gotham Stakes (G3).
  • Barber Road – He did what he always does in the Rebel Stakes (G2), finishing on the board after making a big run late.
  • Gunite – Can he bounce back from a poor effort that ended his 2021 season? He hasn’t had a work in quite a while.

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

  • Barese – The newest member of the team did not enter the Gotham Stakes (G3) as expected, but is reportedly pointing towards the Wood Memorial (G2).
  • Slow Down Andy – Uh oh… this team is in big trouble after he was not good in the Risen Star Stakes (G2).
  • Major General – Really really bad in the Tampa Bay Derby (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).
  • Spin Wheel – Even worse than really really bad in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2).

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