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Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: It’s Belmont Week!
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Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: It’s Belmont 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 runners as they prepare for their next starts along the Kentucky Derby Trail. Let’s check out all of the latest transactions and scoring updates heading into the Belmont Stakes:

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


  • Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park
  • Ohio Derby at Thistledown
  • Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand
  • Los Alamitos Derby at Los Alamitos
  • Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs


  • Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park
  • Ellis Park Derby at Ellis Park
  • Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland 
  • Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar


  • Belmont Stakes
  • Kentucky Derby
  • Preakness Stakes

Recent Claims

  • In a six-way shake: Jon White/Ryan Stillman CLAIMED Uncle Chuck and DROPPED Great Power
  • In a three-way shake: Aaron Halterman CLAIMED Art Collector and DROPPED Independence Hall
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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 (7/5)

  • Tiz the Law – He crushed his rivals once again in the Florida Derby (G1), making him the number-one 3-year-old in the country. He runs next in the Belmont Stakes (G1) this weekend.
  • Modernist – The Risen Star Stakes (G2) winner came back to run a solid third in the Louisiana Derby (G2) and was flattered when Mr. Big News, whom he defeated in the Risen Star, won the Oaklawn Stakes. He runs in the Belmont Stakes (G1) this weekend.
  • Dr Post – The recent Magic Mike claim looked good winning the Unbridled Stakes at Gulfstream Park despite a rough trip. The Belmont Stakes (G1) is up next this weekend.
  • Enforceable – He got a brutal trip in the Louisiana Derby (G2), which saw him miss the board for the first time this season. Casse gave him a brief freshening, but he recently returned to the worktab as he builds for a start in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2).
  • Tizamagician – He came back stiff after an off-the-board finish in an allowance race against older horses and has been turned out for a freshening.

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

  • 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).
  • Storm the Court – We can probably close the door on his chances of being a top 3-year-old after an off-the-board finish in the Arkansas Derby (G1). He is pointing towards the Ohio Derby (G3) for his next start. 
  • Basin – He rebounded from a poor Oaklawn Stakes with a solid runner-up effort to Charlatan in the Arkansas Derby (G1). He’ll run next in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2). 
  • Tap It to Win – The newest member of the team is being pointed toward the Belmont Stakes (G1) after a blowout allowance victory.
  • Uncle Chuck – This team just keeps winning shakes, this time getting the latest Bob Baffert monster to debut. 

3. Aaron Halterman (6/1)

  • Art Collector – The newest member of this team is heading to the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) after an eye-catching allowance win at Churchill Downs.  
  • Azul Coast – He did no running at all in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), which shows that he’s not a top level 3-year-old. 
  • Authentic – He ran well to finish second in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), but he was clearly no match for Honor A. P. The Haskell Stakes (G1) is up next for him. 
  • Little Menace – He was nowhere to be found in the Bachelor Stakes and is likely going to be dropped later in the year. 
  • Pneumatic – His first effort against stakes company was decent, finishing a close third in the Matt Winn Stakes (G3). We’ll see him this weekend in the Belmont Stakes (G1)

4. Paul “Free Beers” Withrow (8/1)

  • Thousand Words – His Oaklawn Stakes effort was a total disaster, putting his future in question. 
  • Cezanne – He finally made his debut last weekend, looking sharp in a maiden special weight at Santa Anita Park. 
  • Nadal – Unfortunately, he came up lame after a workout and is reportedly heading off to stud duty.
  • Necker Island – He was claimed for $100k tag at Churchill Downs after running poorly. Maybe a barn change will help. 
  • Caracaro – He finally worked out for the first time in months and can hopefully get back in time to help this team finish the year strongly. 

5. Real Dynasty (15/1)

  • Green Light Go – He finished second in the Roar Stakes at Gulfstream Park, his first start in three months and his second in seven. He should improve off of that effort – if he can stay healthy.
  • Mr. Monomoy – Unfortunately, his early 2020 injury will keep him from the Kentucky Derby. He is said to be pointing toward the Preakness Stakes (G1).
  • Farmington Road – He came running late in the Arkansas Derby (G1); however, he could do no better than a distant fourth. He will run in the Belmont Stakes (G1) this weekend.
  • Silver State – After a consistent start to the year, he struggled to an off-the-board finish in the Louisiana Derby (G2)
  • Sole Volante – He dominated an allowance event at Gulfstream Park last time out, which was a solid prep for this weekend’s Belmont Stakes (G1)
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6. Jared Welch (20/1)

  • Maxfield – He suffered a condylar fracture on June 10 in his first work after winning the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) and is out for the year. The silver lining is that he is expected to make a full recovery and could return for a 4-year-old campaign.
  • Eight Rings – He sucked something fierce in the Bachelor Stakes. The good news is that we will never have to see any more tweets about him from this team.
  • Toledo – He put up another poor performance in a recent allowance race at Churchill Downs. 
  • Shoplifted – He is decent, just not top-level. His Oaklawn Stakes effort was merely average.
  • Ete Indien – This horse was absolutely awful in a recent allowance race at Gulfstream Park. He’ll need to rebound in a big way if he is going to make an impact in the Haskell Stakes (G1).  

7. Mike “Saratoga Slim” Spector (20/1)

  • Structor – Originally, Slim’s first-round pick was off of the Kentucky Derby Trail. However, with the Derby now moved to September, he might have a chance! He is currently back working out.
  • Ny Traffic – The newest member of the team has shown great consistency on the Derby Trail this year. 
  • Charlatan – After allegedly being drugged to victory earlier this year, he now needs “time off” and is out of Kentucky Derby contention. The Preakness Stakes (G1) is reportedly still a possibility. 
  • Country Grammer – He was a disappointing third in a recent allowance race at Belmont Park. At this point, he does not look like a stakes-caliber horse. 
  • No Parole – He may not be a Kentucky Derby contender, but he proved that he can beat a great sprinter with a nice allowance win at Oaklawn Park.

8. Dan “Wise Dan” Waite (30/1)

  • Sonneman – He is back on the Wise Dan team after getting drafted and then dropped earlier in the year. We’ll see if Dan keeps him a little longer this time. 
  • Gouverneur Morris – After running fourth in the Florida Derby (G1), he came back to run a decent third in the Arkansas Derby (G1). The Blue Grass Stakes (G2) could be where he runs next.
  • Shotski – It was recently announced that he is out for the rest of the year due to minor bone bruising.
  • Max Player – The newest member of the team was an easy winner of the Withers Stakes (G3) last time out. His next start will come this weekend in the Belmont Stakes (G1).
  • Mystic Guide – He was second in a recent allowance race at Belmont Park but was not close to competitive with the winner, Tap It to Win.

9. Brandon “B$” Bauer (50/1)

  • Dennis’ Moment – Once the most hyped horse in the class at age 2, he is officially off of the Kentucky Derby trail.
  • High Velocity – It was good to see this team get points in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3); however, this horse 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 – This maiden was expected to return in March, but he has yet to get on the worktab in 2020.
  • Major Fed – The newest addition to this team did very little running in the Matt Winn Stakes (G3).

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

  • Mischevious Alex – The last-place team turned to this horse as its savior, claiming him after a win in the one-turn Gotham Stakes (G3). He will run next in the 7-furlong Woody Stephens Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.
  • Ajaaweed – He came up “dull” in his preparation for the Florida Derby (G1), causing him to scratch from the race. He has been absent since.
  • Answer In – He sucked in a recent Oaklawn allowance race.
  • King Guillermo – He looks like a good claim after he ran a solid second in the stronger division of the Arkansas Derby (G1). He is currently taking time off and will miss the Belmont Stakes (G1).
  • Wells Bayou – Trainer Brad Cox announced on June 10 that he is off the Derby trail due to bone bruising.

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