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Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Jon and Ryan Storm to the Front

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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 can now see how each horse is progressing as we move into the Triple Crown season. Let’s check out the latest updates:

Current Standings

Ranking Team Score Current Team Members
1Jon White/Ryan Stillman 355Improbable, Omaha Beach, War of Will, Maximum Security, Alwaysmining
2Brandon "B$" Bauer246Haikal, Galilean, So Alive, Tacitus, Global Campaign
3Paul "Free Beers" Withrow182Game Winner, Super Steed, US Navy Cross, Anothertwistafate, Roadster
4Jared Welch 171Country House, Gun It, Spinoff, Intrepid Heart, Gray Attempt
T5Patrick "Mad Dog" Meagher146Signalman, Code of Honor, Elvis, Knicks Go, Rowayton
T5The Fans: Austin and Bones146Vekoma, Sueno, Tax, Owendale, Mihos
7Aaron Halterman 141Mucho Gusto, Gunmetal Gray, Long Range Toddy, Bankit, Cornacchia
8The Magic Mike Show77Mucho, Limonite, Plus Que Parfait, Sir Winston, Walking Thunder
9Mike "Saratoga Slim" Spector63Instagrand, Kingly, Mind Control, Dream Maker, Dessman
10Dan "Wise Dan" Waite55Standard Deviation, By My Standards, Win Win Win, Bourbon War, Nolo Contesto

Recent Claims

There was one claim to announce this week

  • Dan “Wise Dan” Waite claimed By My Standards and dropped Mr. Money.

Kentucky Derby Contenders

Power Rankings

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

1. Jon White/Ryan Stillman (4/5) 

  • Alwaysmining – The newest member of the team is pointing for the Preakness Stakes (G1), with the Tesio Stakes at Laurel Park as his final prep.
  • Improbable – He ran well once again in the Arkansas Derby (G1), but he had to settle for second for the second straight time.
  • War of Will – His Louisiana Derby (G2) was a disaster; however, it looks like he is going to be ok after being slightly injured at the start of that race.
  • Omaha Beach – His big Arkansas Derby (G1) win will make him one of the favorites heading into the first Saturday in May.
  • Maximum Security – This turned out to be a great claim after he went wire-to-wire to win the Florida Derby (G1).

2. Paul “Free Beers” Withrow (6/5)

  • Game Winner – He suffered another close loss in the Santa Anita Derby (G1); however, he should be set up well for the Kentucky Derby.
  • Super Steed – Bone bruising has forced him off of the Kentucky Derby trail.
  • U S Navy Cross – His allowance race at Keeneland was poor. It doesn’t look like he’ll make an impact during the Triple Crown season.
  • Anothertwistafate – He is now OUT of the Kentucky Derby after finishing second in the Lexington Stakes (G3). He could still make the race with a couple of defections, though, and he already has an automatic bit to the Preakness Stakes (G1).
  • Roadster – This will turn out to be the claim of the year after his impressive Santa Anita Derby (G1) win.

3. Brandon “B$” Bauer (5/1)

4. The Fans: Austin and Bones (30/1) 

5. Aaron Halterman (30/1)

  • Mucho Gusto – After setting a fast pace, he faded to third in the Sunland Derby (G3). It looks like the Pat Day Mile Stakes (G3) will be next for him.
  • Gunmetal Gray – An injury has forced him off of the Kentucky Derby trail.
  • Long Range Toddy – A poor effort in the Arkansas Derby (G1) is the exact opposite of what this team needed.
  • Bankit – It was more of the same for him in the Louisiana Derby (G2). It looks like he peaked too early.
  • Cornacchia – Worst claim in the history of fantasy sports.

Horse Racing Picks

6. Patrick “Mad Dog” Meagher (50/1)

  • Code of Honor – A solid third in the Florida Derby (G1) was a positive sign as he moves toward Kentucky.
  • Signalman – A decent third in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) has him on the Kentucky Derby bubble.
  • Knicks Go – He’s bad.
  • Rowayton – He’s also bad.
  • Elvis – He’s even worse.

7. Jared Welch (50/1)

  • Country House – Predictably, he dropped way back early on in the Arkansas Derby (G1) before finishing a decent closing third.
  • Gun It – This horse has been a total disaster.
  • Spinoff – He looked to have the Louisiana Derby (G2) won before losing to By My Standards in the last stages of the race.
  • Intrepid Heart – The plan for this horse is working perfectly after a determined allowance win at Keeneland over a solid field.
  • Gray Attempt – This horse is best as a sprinter; he just doesn’t want to go two turns.

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

  • Instagrand – His Santa Anita Derby (G1) third-place effort was decent, but he doesn’t have enough points to make the Kentucky Derby starting gate.
  • Kingly – He has posted a few solid workouts lately; however, we haven’t seen him entered in a long time.
  • Mind Control – He picked up a nice win in the Bay Shore Stakes (G3) while sprinting. Maybe he can earn some points if he runs in the Pat Day Mile Stakes (G3).
  • Dream Maker – As his own fantasy owner said, “They need to find something else for him to do other than horse racing.”
  • Dessman – Put him on a milk carton… he’s missing.

9. Dan “Wise Dan” Waite (99/1)

  • Bourbon War – He will need a lot of luck to make the Kentucky Derby starting gate.
  • By My Standards – A new claim lands Dan an additional Kentucky Derby starter; however, he paid a big price of 40 points.
  • Win Win Win – He got another terrible trip in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2), but he came with a big run to finish second.
  • Standard Deviation – This is a very slow horse.
  • Nolo Contesto – A poor effort in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) means that he’ll likely not make an impact during the Triple Crown season.

10. The Magic Mike Show (99/1)

  • Mucho – Running last of four in the Bay Shore Stakes (G3) was an extremely poor showing.
  • Well Defined – The pace killed him in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2). There are no public plans for him at the moment.
  • Walking Thunder – His UAE Derby (G2) effort was decent; however, he could be at his best when going 1 mile.
  • Limonite – We’ll turn the page on this horse after a poor Louisiana Derby (G2) effort.
  • Plus Que Parfait – His UAE Derby (G2) upset has given this team a shot of life. They now have a Kentucky Derby runner.
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