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Fantasy League Update: Next Preps Near
Greatest Honour after winning the Holy Bull (Credit: Coglianese Photos / Lauren King)

Fantasy League Update: Next Preps Near

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 Kentucky Derby Trail.

Let’s check out all the latest transactions and scoring updates:

Current Standings

Ranking TeamScoreCurrent Team Members
1Jared Welch206Highly Motivated, Hot Rod Charlie, Ghazaaly, Donegal Bay, Class Reunion
2Aaron Halterman 191Collaborate, Jackie's Warrior, Parnelli, Whiskey Double, Rombauer
3The Killer Bs160Mandaloun, The Great One, Nova Rags, Lemon Pop, Get Her Number
4Dan Waite and Michael Myers 154Essential Quality, Nicky the Vest, Team Merchants, Wolfie's Dynaghost, Drain the Clock
5Jon White and Ryan Stillman 135Rock Your World, Rebel's Romance, Known Agenda, Concert Tour, Dream Shake
6Real Dynasty106Keepmeinmind, Helium, Soup and Sandwich, Weyburn, Proxy
7Paul "Free Beers" Withrow96Brooklyn Strong, Promise Keeper, Medina Spirit, Triple Tap, Malathaat
8The Magic Mike Show87Prime Factor, Easy Time, Starrininmydreams, Regular Guy, Midnight Bourbon
9Evil Steveil and Austin Elsey 81Classier, Spielberg, Freedom Fighter, Greatest Honour, Manor House
10Mike "Saratoga Slim" Spector 76Speaker's Corner, Caddo River, Savile Row, Risk Taking, Candy Man Rocket

Recent Claims

  • Real Dynasty CLAIMED Soup and Sandwich and DROPPED Olympiad

Power Rankings

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

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1. Mike “Saratoga Slim” Spector (4/1)

  • Speaker’s Corner – This Bill Mott trainee looked great last time out, beating two horses who have since won impressively. He’s getting going late in the game, but at least he’s back working out. 
  • Caddo River – The Brad Cox trainee looked like the real deal with an absolute romp at Oaklawn Park in the Smarty Jones Stakes
  • Savile Row – He impressed in his debut at Del Mar on 11/8; however, he hasn’t been on the work tab sinc. 
  • Risk Taking – This late-round draft pick paid off with a big win in the Withers Stakes (G3)
  • Candy Man Rocket – The newest member of the team won the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) in impressive fashion. 

2. The Killer Bs (9/2)

  • Mandaloun – This team now looks solid after a big win from this horse in the Risen Star Stakes (G3).
  • The Great One – This horse looked like a monster breaking his maiden at Santa Anita and could be developing at the perfect time.
  • Reinvestment Risk – He wasn’t nominated for the Triple Crown and is missing from the work tab. 
  • Lemon Pop – This Japanese runner turned heads with a solid win in the Cattleya last time out at Tokyo Racecourse. 
  • Golden Pal – This TURF SPRINTER was drafted in a Kentucky Derby Fantasy League. Good luck figuring this one out…

3. Paul “Free Beers” Withrow (5/1)

  • Brooklyn Strong – The Remsen Stakes (G2) winner is still missing from the work tab. Did the Remsen Curse strike again?
  • Prate – This Brad Cox trainee looked like the real deal in his debut score at Fair Grounds but will be kept sprinting for the time being. 
  • Medina Spirit – He went fast early and kept on going in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), picking up a big win for this team. 
  • Triple Tap – This unraced Tapit colt continues to work well at Santa Anita, but when and where will he finally debut?  
  • Prevalence – Uh oh, he spiked a fever before the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), making his next start questionable. 

4. Jon White/Ryan Stillman (5/1) 

  • Life Is Good – The number one overall pick in the draft earned a solid 101 Beyer Speed Figure for winning the Sham Stakes (G3)
  • Roman Centurian – This recent claim could be on the rise after a solid runner-up finish in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3)
  • Fire At Will – This team takes a chance on the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner, who will give dirt a try next time in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).
  • Concert Tour – He rose quickly up the ranks after a solid victory in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) and is headed to the Rebel Stakes (G2).
  • Dream Shake – This recent claim was super impressive on debut, beating a stout maiden special weight field at Santa Anita.

5. Real Dynasty (6/1)

  • Keepmeinmind – The Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) winner was drafted to be a consistent points-earner this season but still hasn’t raced. He’s now waiting for the Rebel Stakes (G2).
  • Ten for Ten – He wasn’t nominated for the Triple Crown. Not good.
  • Soup and Sandwich – The latest claim won a mid-week allowance at Tampa Bay Downs to give his team an immediate return on the investment.
  • Ethical Judgement – He had a solid maiden-breaking score at Keeneland in October but only returned to the work tab on February 6.
  • Proxy – This guy has proven to be very valuable, finishing second once again in the Risen Star Stakes (G2)
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6. Austin Elsey/Steve “Evil Steveil” Ronchetto (8/1) 

  • Classier – This Bob Baffert trainee was impressive on debut but hasn’t worked since 11/28. 
  • Spielberg – He sucked pretty badly in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3). He’ll give the Southwest Stakes (G3) a try this weekend.
  • Freedom Fighter – He ran huge to finish a close second in the San Vicente Stakes (G2). The Gotham Stakes (G3) is next. 
  • Greatest Honour – The newest member of the team won the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) impressively. We’ll see him this weekend in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2).
  • Manor House – He was beyond bad in a Fair Grounds allowance in his last start. 

7. Jared Welch (10/1) 

  • Highly Motivated – Incredibly, this horse fell to #8 in the draft, giving this team a major gift. He’ll make his 2021 debut in the Gotham Stakes (G3).
  • Hot Rod Charlie – His 3-year-old debut was solid, finishing a close third in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3). He’ll run next in the Louisiana Derby (G2).
  • Ghazaaly – He still can’t get the job done, most recently finishing second in a maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park.  
  • Donegal Bay – His Withers Stakes (G3) effort was a total disaster. 
  • Class Reunion – The filly was a tough luck fourth in her debut at Santa Anita and is now at Oaklawn Park with a new trainer.

8. Aaron Halterman (10/1)

  • Senor Buscador – His disappointing fifth-place effort in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) was a big blow to this team. 
  • Jackie’s Warrior – He disappointed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1); however, this horse looked like a monster for most of his 2-year-old season. We’ll see him in the Southwest Stakes (G3) this weekend.
  • Parnelli – He sucks and needs to be dropped, simple as that. However, he’s earned this team some valuable points.   
  • Whiskey Double – He’ll also need to be dropped after back-to-back poor efforts in allowance races. 
  • Rombauer – He picked up a big win for this team in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate.

9. Dan Waite and Michael Myers (12/1) 

  • Essential Quality – A major bright spot for the team, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner should have a strong 2021 campaign. We’ll finally see him in the Southwest Stakes (G3) this weekend. 
  • Smiley Sobotka – LOL… you tell a guy not claim someone and he doesn’t listen… we expected this sort of thing to change when the team doubled in size.
  • Team Merchants – The Nyquist colt was impressive when breaking his maiden at Saratoga but hasn’t been on the work tab since. 
  • Wolfie’s Dynaghost – He broke his maiden impressively on debut at Aqueduct on 11/14 but hasn’t worked since. 
  • Drain the Clock – This team hopes their newest claim pays off immediately in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2). 

10. The Magic Mike Show (20/1) 

  • Prime Factor – Uh oh… Magic Mike is in trouble after this horse finished a flat third in the Holy Bull Stakes (G3). Can he rebound this weekend in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2)?
  • Easy Time – He switched to turf and nearly won last time out against allowance company. 
  • Starrininmydreams – The newest member of the team sucked in the Risen Star Stakes (G2).
  • Regular Guy – Back-to-back seventh-place finishes… not good. 
  • Midnight Bourbon – This horse is going to be valuable to the team after another strong showing, finishing third in the Risen Star Stakes (G2).

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