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Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Season Heats Up as Lecomte Nears
Beep Beep breaking his maiden (Credit: Coady Photography)

Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Season Heats Up as Lecomte 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 Kentucky Derby Trail. Let’s check out all the latest transactions and scoring updates:

Current Standings

Ranking TeamScoreCurrent Team Members
1Paul "Free Beers" Withrow201Brooklyn Strong, Promise Keeper, Medina Spirit, Triple Tap, Prevalence
2Jared Welch131Highly Motivated, Hot Rod Charlie, Ghazaaly, Donegal Bay, Class Reunion
3The Killer Bs110Mandaloun, The Great One, Nova Rags, Lemon Pop, Get Her Number
4Real Dynasty106Keepmeinmind, Helium, Soup and Sandwich, Weyburn, Proxy
5Jon White and Ryan Stillman 105Rock Your World, Rebel's Romance, Known Agenda, Concert Tour, Dream Shake
6Evil Steveil and Austin Elsey 81Classier, Spielberg, Freedom Fighter, Greatest Honour, Manor House
T7Mike "Saratoga Slim" Spector 66Speaker's Corner, Caddo River, Savile Row, Risk Taking, Candy Man Rocket
T7Aaron Halterman 66Collaborate, Jackie's Warrior, Parnelli, Whiskey Double, Rombauer
9The Magic Mike Show37Prime Factor, Easy Time, Starrininmydreams, Regular Guy, Midnight Bourbon
10Dan Waite and Michael Myers 34Essential Quality, Nicky the Vest, Team Merchants, Wolfie's Dynaghost, Drain the Clock

Recent Claims

  • Jon White/Ryan Stillman CLAIMED Bezos and DROPPED Laker Mamba
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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. Real Dynasty (4/1)

  • Keepmeinmind – The Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) winner should be a consistent points-earner this season. He recently had his first work of the year at Oaklawn Park and is targeting the Southwest Stakes (G3) on February 15.
  • Ten for Ten – There are no excuses for his Remsen Stakes (G2) loss; however, he is another who should consistently earn points. 
  • Olympiad – This Saratoga maiden winner is back on the work tab at Payson Training Center as he gears up for a 2021 campaign. 
  • Ethical Judgement – A solid maiden-breaking score at Keeneland should have him pointed for a Derby prep next. 
  • Proxy – He’ll be running this weekend in the Lecomte Stakes (G3)

2. Jon White/Ryan Stillman (9/2) 

  • Life Is Good – The number one overall pick in the draft earned a solid 101 Beyer Speed Figure for winning the Sham Stakes (G3)
  • Mutasaabeq – He also picked up a big win for this team in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes
  • Bezos – The team’s newest claim is working very well for trainer Bob Baffert. A debut is imminent.  
  • Concert Tour – This Baffert first-timer debuts this Friday at Santa Anita. Joel Rosario will be aboard.
  • Hozier – This Baffert first-timer also debuts Friday in the same race as Concert Tour. Flavien Prat has the mount. 

3. Paul “Free Beers” Withrow (5/1)

  • Brooklyn Strong – This team is hoping that the Remsen Stakes (G2) curse (not affecting the Derby Trail) is broken with this colt who looked strong winning that race.
  • 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, according to his barn.
  • Medina Spirit – He was second in the Sham Stakes (G3) and earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure in that contest.
  • Triple Tap – This unraced colt by Tapit has put in two solid works at Santa Anita recently, so we’ll likely see him soon. 
  • Beep Beep – He’s set to run this weekend in either an allowance race or the Lecomte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds. 

4. Aaron Halterman (6/1)

  • Senor Buscador – The Remington Park Springboard Mile winner has displayed a devastating closing kick in both of his starts. He recently put in a workout at Sam Houston.  
  • 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. 
  • Parnelli – There’s no way around it, he was a disappointing and distant third in the Sham Stakes (G3).
  • Whiskey Double – We’ll seem him this weekend in an allowance at Fair Grounds. 
  • Rombauer – He’s back on the work tab at Santa Anita after finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

5. Mike “Saratoga Slim” Spector (6/1)

  • Speaker’s Corner – This Bill Mott trainee looked great last time out, beating two horses who have come back to win impressively, but he hasn’t worked since late November.
  • Caddo River – The Brad Cox trainee blew the competition away last time out at Churchill Downs. He could be a rising superstar. 
  • Savile Row – He impressed in his debut at Del Mar on 11/8; however, he has not been seen on the work tab since that victory. 
  • Risk Taking – Slim will always have a Chad Brown horse on his roster. This colt was impressive in victory last time out at Aqueduct. 
  • Known Agenda – He was a plodding third last time out in the Remsen Stakes (G2).
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6. Jared Welch (8/1) 

  • Highly Motivated – Incredibly, this horse fell to #8 in the draft, giving this team a major gift. He won the Nyquist Stakes impressively in his last start. 
  • Hot Rod Charlie – His runner up effort in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) was very strong. Can he repeat that effort next in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3)? 
  • Ghazaaly – The unraced Todd Pletcher colt is getting close to a start after a string of solid works at Palm Beach Downs. 
  • Donegal Bay – Another Pletcher colt who could have a big future. He was impressive in victory last time out at Gulfstream Park. 
  • Class Reunion – The filly was a lackluster fourth in her debut at Santa Anita. 

7. The Magic Mike Show (8/1) 

  • Prime Factor – This team traded up one spot to ensure they landed this promising Todd Pletcher trainee. There is no doubt he was ultra-impressive on debut at Gulfstream Park. 
  • Easy Time – Yikes, he was a complete no-show in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes. The league is always better when this team runs a dud.
  • Chess’s Dream – This Mike Maker colt broke his maiden in his fourth try, which came at Gulfstream Park on 12/13. 
  • Regular Guy – We’ll see what he can do this weekend in the Lecomte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds. 
  • Stayin’ Out Late – He’ll try his hand against allowance company this weekend at Fair Grounds. 

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

  • Essential Quality – Obviously, this is a major bright spot for the team. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner should have a strong 2021 campaign. 
  • Editor In Chief – He did little running at all in a recent maiden special weight at Santa Anita. 
  • Team Merchants – The colt by Nyquist was impressive when breaking his maiden at Saratoga; however, he has not been on the work tab since that race. 
  • Wolfie’s Dynaghost – He broke his maiden impressively on debut at Aqueduct on 11/14; however, he is another that has not been seen on the work tab since that victory. 
  • Lidstrom – This pricey unraced son of Tapit has several solid works for Baffert. The only issue is we haven’t seen a recorded workout since 12/6. 

9. Austin Elsey/Steve “Evil Steveil” Ronchetto (12/1) 

  • Classier – This Bob Baffert trainee was impressive on debut; however, we haven’t seen a workout from him since 11/28. 
  • Spielberg – He won the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) last time out, which is usually a productive prep race. 
  • Freedom Fighter – Yet another Bob Baffert trainee! This horse was very impressive on debut at Del Mar, while he has a steady work tab recently at Santa Anita. 
  • Prisoner – He broke his maiden way back in June at Belmont Park; however, we have not seen a workout from him since. 
  • Manor House – He’ll run this weekend in either an allowance event or the Lecomte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds.  

10. The Killer Bs (15/1)

  • Mandaloun – We’ll see what he can do this weekend as the likely favorite in the Lecomte Stakes (G3)
  • The Great One – This maiden nearly pulled off a big upset last time out in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2).
  • Reinvestment Risk – This horse certainly has a lot of class; however, it is questionable if he will stretch out in distance. 
  • 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…

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