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2023 Racing Dudes Triple Crown Fantasy League Update: Cream Rising To The Top As Lexington Nears
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2023 Racing Dudes Triple Crown Fantasy League Update: Cream Rising To The Top As Lexington Nears

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 runners as they prepare for their next starts along the 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1) trail.

Let’s take a look at the teams heading into this weekend, when the Kentucky Derby prep races come to an end with the Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.

Current Standings

RankTeamScoreCurrent Team Members
1Amber Reaves/Davey Cleveland 307National Treasure, Gun Pilot, Verifying, Red Route One, Practical Move
2Evil Steveil/Kelby Von Hemel230Forte, Tapit's Conquest, Fort Bragg, Hit Show, Mr. Ripple
3Jon White/Ryan Stillman148Disarm, Skinner, Arcangelo, Angel of Empire, Cyclone Mischief
4Geist 146Blazing Sevens, Instant Coffee, Gulfport, Classic Catch, Derma Sotogake
5Jared Welch136Extra Anejo, Corona Bolt, Geaux Rocket Ride, Tapit Trice, Cairo
6Dan Waite/Michael Meyers 126Mandarin Hero, Havnameltdown, Continuar, Mage, Jace's Road
7Aaron Halterman97Arabian Lion, Victory Formation, Rudder's Men, Reincarnate, Faustin
8Paul "Free Beers" Withrow91Arabian Knight, Bishops Bay, Slip Mahoney, Kingsbarns, Banishing
9Real Dynasty 76Giant Mischief, Confidence Game, Two Phil's, Dubyuhnell, Sun Thunder
10Magic Mike Show5Tapit Shoes, Arctic Arrogance, First Mission, Rocket Can, Henry Q

Recent Claims

There are two claims to announce this week: 

  • In a 4-way Shake: Dan/Michael CLAIMED Mandarin Hero and DROPPED Classic Car Wash
  • Real Dynasty CLAIMED Sun Thunder and DROPPED Determinedly

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. Kelby Von Hemel/Steve “Evil Steveil” Ronchetto (8/5) 

2. Shotty/Davey (2/1)

3. Jared Welch (3/1) 

  • Extra Anejo – He has a world of talent, but he may not have enough time to make a Triple Crown race.
  • Corona Bolt – He won sprinting once again in a tough stakes race at Keeneland.
  • Geaux Rocket Ride – He showed up with a big effort to be second in the San Felipe Stakes (G2), but he got sick and scratched out of the Santa Anita Derby (G1).
  • Tapit Trice – Boom! He improved greatly with a solid win in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland.
  • Cairo – He was not good in the UAE Derby (G2), finishing off the board.

4. Paul “Free Beers” Withrow (8/1)

  • Arabian Knight – He is off the Derby Trail with an injury.
  • Litigate – He is also off the Derby Trail with an injury.
  • Slip Mahoney – He wasn’t good in the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2).
  • Kingsbarns – He couldn’t have been more impressive when romping to win the Louisiana Derby (G2).
  • Banishing – Yikes, he was a complete no-show in a recent Fair Grounds allowance and hasn’t recorded a workout since mid-March.

5. Geist (10/1)

  • Blazing Sevens – He improved enough to finish third in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1).
  • Instant Coffee – The heavy favorite did little running in the Louisiana Derby (G2).
  • Gulfport – He did little running in a sprint stakes at Keeneland.
  • Classic Catch – He did little running in the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct.
  • Derma Sotogake – Geist hit a home run with this draft pick who impressively won the UAE Derby (G2).

6. Real Dynasty (20/1)

  • Giant Mischief – Despite a decent trip, he still finished off the board in the Rebel Stakes (G2).
  • Confidence Game – He was an upset winner of the Rebel Stakes (G2) and could return in the Lexington Stakes (G3).
  • Two Phil’s – He picked up a much-needed win for this team in the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3).
  • Dubyuhnell – He was nowhere to be found in the Florida Derby (G1).
  • Sun Thunder – The newest claim has been consistent all year long while unable to win.

7. The Magic Mike Show (30/1) 

8. Jon White/Ryan Stillman (30/1) 

  • Disarm – He improved greatly in his second start of the season to run second in the Louisiana Derby (G2).
  • Cyclone Mischief – He continues to look better and better for this team after a third-place effort in the Florida Derby (G1).
  • Hejazi – He could do no better than second in a sprint stakes at Keeneland.
  • Angel of Empire – Boom! This team picked up a huge win with this horse in the Arkansas Derby (G1).
  • Skinner – He nearly got there in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), finishing a close third.

9. Aaron Halterman (50/1)

  • Arabian Lion – He’s officially not good after another last-place effort in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita. However, he did fire a bullet workout on 4/2. Sometimes, donkeys run fast in the morning.
  • Victory Formation – He was a major disappointment in the Risen Star Stakes (G2), finishing off the board as the favorite.
  • Rudder’s Men – He tried the turf and still was poor, finishing off the board in a Tampa Bay Downs stakes.
  • Reincarnate – He was a lackluster third in the Arkansas Derby (G1).
  • Faustin – Running second in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) wasn’t enough for him to transfer away from Baffert, so the Kentucky Derby is no longer in the picture. He also hasn’t recored a workout in a while.

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

  • Mandarin Hero – The newest member of the team looked great in a runner-up finish in the Santa Anita Derby (G1).
  • Havnameltdown – Distance is still a question mark; however, he picked up an impressive win in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) before nearly winning the Saudi Derby.
  • Continuar – He didn’t look great in the UAE Derby (G2); however, he will still run in the Kentucky Derby, representing the Japan series.
  • Mage – This horse continues to improve and finished a solid second in the Florida Derby (G1).
  • Jace’s Road – He improved on a dry track to run third in the Louisiana Derby (G2).