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Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Art Collector Stamps Himself as Contender
Art Collector winning the Blue Grass (Credit: Coady Photography)

Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Art Collector Stamps Himself as Contender

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.

Here are the latest transactions and scoring updates:

Current Standings

Ranking Team Score Current Team Members
1Aaron Halterman 500Art Collector, Azul Coast, Authentic, Little Menace, Pneumatic
2The Magic Mike Show412Tiz the Law, Excession, Jesus' Team, Liveyourbeastlife, Tizamagician
3Paul "Free Beers" Withrow 267Thousand Words, Cezanne, Gamine, Necker Island, Caracaro
4Dan "Wise Dan" Waite206Sonneman, Swiss Skydiver, Man in the Can, Max Player, Mystic Guide
5Jon White/Ryan Stillman 161Honor A. P., Cafe Pharoah, Basin, Tap It to Win, Uncle Chuck
6Mike "Saratoga Slim" Spector101Structor, Ny Traffic, Charlatan, Country Grammer, No Parole
7Jared Welch 82Candy Tycoon, Eight Rings, Toledo, Shoplifted, Ete Indien
8Real Dynasty 70Money Moves, Creed, Happy Saver, Rushie, Sole Volante
9Brandon "B$" Bauer 46Dennis' Moment, High Velocity, Silver Prospector, Thunder Code, Major Fed
10Austin Elsey and Steve "Evil Steveil" Ronchetto (-34)Mischevious Alex, Shivaree, Mr. Big News, King Guillermo, Wells Bayou

Current Remaining Points Race Schedule


  • August 15: Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park
  • September 5: Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs
  • September 5: Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga


  • July 16: Peter Pan Stakes at Saratoga 
  • July 18: Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park
  • August 1: Shared Belief Stakes
  • August 9: Ellis Park Derby at Ellis Park


  • August 8: Travers Stakes at Saratoga 
  • September 5: Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
  • October 3: Preakness Stakes at Pimlico 

Recent Claims

  • Jared Welch CLAIMED Candy Tycoon and DROPPED Maxfield 
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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:

1. The Magic Mike Show (3/5)

  • Tiz the Law – This horse is now easily the top 3-year-old in the country after dominating the Belmont Stakes (G1).
  • Modernist – He’ll try to rebound in this week’s Peter Pan Stakes (G3). 
  • Dr Post – His runner-up Belmont Stakes (G1) effort was huge. We’ll see him in this weekend’s Haskell Stakes (G1).
  • Enforceable – Like normal, he came running late but could do no better than fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2)
  • Tizamagician – His turf debut did not go well in the Oceanside Stakes. At this point, he’s back to being just the team mascot.

2. Aaron Halterman (3/1)

  • Art Collector – A big win in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) makes him a prime Kentucky Derby contender. 
  • Azul Coast – He did no running at all in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), showing that he is not the top-level 3-year-old that many expected. 
  • Authentic – He ran well to finish second in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), but he was clearly no match for Honor A. P. He will try to turn it around in the Haskell Stakes (G1) this weekend. 
  • Little Menace – He won the Derby! Too bad it was just the Grand Prairie Derby at Lone Star. 
  • Pneumatic – His Belmont Stakes (G1) effort wasn’t bad, but his fourth-place finish showed that he is not a top-level member of this crop. 

3. Jon White/Ryan Stillman (6/1)

  • Honor A. P. – This team is back in the picture in a big way after their first-round draft picked looked tremendous winning the Santa Anita Derby (G1).
  • Cafe Pharoah – This claim turned into a flop after it was announced that he will not make the trip from Japan for the Kentucky Derby. 
  • Basin – It might be time to turn the page on this colt after a lackluster performance in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2).
  • Tap It to Win – He couldn’t hold his speed in the Belmont Stakes (G1), finishing off the board after setting the pace. 
  • Uncle Chuck – A big win in the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) has this team in prime position to make a final push for the top. The Travers Stakes (G1) could be next.

4. Paul “Free Beers” Withrow (10/1)

  • Thousand Words – This horse will likely make the Kentucky Derby based on points, but he is not an elite 3-year-old. 
  • Cezanne – The good new is he won an allowance race at Los Alamitos without much of challenge. The bad news is he was not visually impressive in the race, while his speed figure came back slow. He is now pointing towards the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar.
  • Nadal – Unfortunately, he came up lame after a workout and is reportedly heading off to stud duty.
  • Necker Island – He showed improvement with his new barn, finishing third in the Indiana Derby (G3).
  • Caracaro – He returns this week in the Peter Pan Stakes (G3).

5. Jared Welch (20/1)

  • Candy Tycoon – The newest member of the team could earn immediate points in Thursday’s Peter Pan Stakes (G3). 
  • Eight Rings – He sucked something fierce in the Bachelor Stakes but is back on the work tab and pointing for Saratoga.
  • Toledo – He put up another poor performance in a recent allowance race at Churchill Downs. 
  • Shoplifted – He made a move in the Woody Stephens Stakes (G1), only to flatten out in the stretch. Just another day for him.
  • Ete Indien – A minor setback will cause him to miss this weekends Haskell Stakes (G1).
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6. Real Dynasty (20/1)

  • Green Light Go – He has struggled to run well or even stay healthy all season.
  • Mr. Monomoy – His early 2020 injury will keep him from the Kentucky Derby, but he is reportedly pointing to the Preakness Stakes (G1).
  • Farmington Road – This one-paced horse will always struggle to win. His Belmont Stakes (G1) effort was a disaster. 
  • Rushie – A solid third-place effort in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) means this horse is in the Derby if they nominate him. 
  • Sole Volante – He surprisingly did not run a step in the Belmont Stakes (G1) and will try to turn things around in the Ellis Park Derby.

7. Dan “Wise Dan” Waite (30/1)

  • Sonneman – This horse recently lost a two-horse race. Nothing more needs to be said. Will he improve this weekend in the Haskell Stakes (G1)? 
  • Swiss Skydiver – She ran well in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) but came up just a bit short and will return to the filly ranks moving forward.
  • Man in the Can – He ran how you’d expect an Arkansas-bred to do in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2)
  • Max Player – He returned from a long layoff and closed nicely to finish third in the Belmont Stakes (G1)
  • Mystic Guide – He could earn this team some major points in this week’s Peter Pan Stakes (G3).

8. Mike “Saratoga Slim” Spector (50/1)

  • Structor – He’s gone missing from the work tab once again. 
  • Ny Traffic – The newest member of the team has shown great consistency on the Derby Trail this year. We’ll see him in the Haskell Stakes (G1).
  • Charlatan – After being drugged to victory in the Arkansas Derby (G1), he now needs “time off” and is out of Kentucky Derby contention. The Preakness Stakes (G1) is reportedly still a possibility. 
  • Country Grammer – He’ll give stakes company a try this week in the Peter Pan Stakes (G3).
  • No Parole – Though he is not a two-turn Derby-type, he showed that he is one of the nation’s best sprinters after demolishing the Woody Stephens Stakes (G1).

9. Brandon “B$” Bauer (99/1)

  • Dennis’ Moment – Once the most hyped horse in the class at age 2, he raced just once this year before falling off of the Kentucky Derby trail.
  • High Velocity – It was good to see this team get points in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), but he was far from impressive and has gone missing from the work tab.
  • Silver Prospector – He was a no-show once again in the Arkansas Derby (G1).
  • Thunder Code – We have not seen this maiden since he was drafted and chances are slim that we ever will.
  • Major Fed – His second-place finish in the Indiana Derby (G3) could go a long way toward keeping this team out of last place. 

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

  • Mischevious Alex – He was flat as a board in the Woody Stephens Stakes (G1), finishing well behind the winner. 
  • Mr. Big News – He sucked in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2)
  • Shivaree – He also sucked in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2); however, at least he has enough points to run in the Kentucky Derby. 
  • King Guillermo – He looks like a good claim after he running a solid second in the Arkansas Derby (G1). He is reportedly training straight to the Kentucky Derby, so he will be of no help to the last-place team until the end of the season.
  • Wells Bayou – Trainer Brad Cox announced on June 10 that he is off the Derby trail due to bone bruising.

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