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.
Here are the latest transactions and scoring updates:
|Ranking||Team||Score||Current Team Members|
|1||Aaron Halterman||500||Art Collector, Azul Coast, Authentic, Little Menace, Pneumatic|
|2||The Magic Mike Show||412||Tiz the Law, Excession, Jesus' Team, Liveyourbeastlife, Tizamagician|
|3||Paul "Free Beers" Withrow||267||Thousand Words, Cezanne, Gamine, Necker Island, Caracaro|
|4||Dan "Wise Dan" Waite||206||Sonneman, Swiss Skydiver, Man in the Can, Max Player, Mystic Guide|
|5||Jon White/Ryan Stillman||161||Honor A. P., Cafe Pharoah, Basin, Tap It to Win, Uncle Chuck|
|6||Mike "Saratoga Slim" Spector||101||Structor, Ny Traffic, Charlatan, Country Grammer, No Parole|
|7||Jared Welch||82||Candy Tycoon, Eight Rings, Toledo, Shoplifted, Ete Indien|
|8||Real Dynasty||70||Money Moves, Creed, Happy Saver, Rushie, Sole Volante|
|9||Brandon "B$" Bauer||46||Dennis' Moment, High Velocity, Silver Prospector, Thunder Code, Major Fed|
|10||Austin Elsey and Steve "Evil Steveil" Ronchetto||(-34)||Mischevious Alex, Shivaree, Mr. Big News, King Guillermo, Wells Bayou|
- The Magic Mike Show CLAIMED Liveyourbeastlife and DROPPED Dr Post
- The Magic Mike Show CLAIMED Jesus’ Team and DROPPED Enforceable
- The Magic Mike Show CLAIMED Excession and DROPPED Modernist
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. Aaron Halterman (1/5)
- Art Collector – He’ll run in the Preakness Stakes (G1) this weekend after missing the Kentucky Derby (G1) with a sore foot.
- Azul Coast – He sucked something awful in the Tokyo City Cup Stakes (G3). Here’s a fun fact: he was drafted BEFORE Authentic.
- Authentic – This team’s MVP will try to win two legs of the Triple Crown in this weekend’s Preakness Stakes (G1).
- Little Menace – His Ellis Park Derby effort was not very good.
- Pneumatic – A solid win in the Pegasus Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park has him heading to the Preakness Stakes (G1).
2. The Magic Mike Show (8/5)
- Tiz the Law – After his shocking Kentucky Derby (G1) defeat, this team fell to second place. He’s training up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and will miss the Preakness Stakes (G1).
- Liveyourbeastlife – The Magic Mike show claimed him and the next two horses just hoping to get lucky and upset the Preakness Stakes (G1).
- Jesus’ Team – He’s run decently in some lower-level races.
- Excession – Can trainer Steve Asmussen pull off a Preakness Stakes (G1) shocker with him?
- Tizamagician – The team mascot almost won yet again in last weekend’s Tokyo City Cup (G3).
3. Paul “Free Beers” Withrow (99/1)
- Thousand Words – He flipped in the paddock and had to be scratched from the Derby. It looks like he’ll now point to the Preakness Stakes (G1).
- Cezanne – He scratched from the Pat Day Mile (G2) last weekend and his next start is unknown.
- Nadal – Unfortunately, he came up lame after a workout and is reportedly heading off to stud duty.
- Necker Island – He did very little running in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
- Caracaro – This horse turned out to be a fantastic claim, despite an injury that set him back earlier in the year. He came with a big run to finish second in the Travers Stakes (G1).
4. Jon White/Ryan Stillman (99/1)
- Honor A. P. – A troubled trip cause him to finish off the board in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Now he’s retired and off to the breeding shed.
- Cafe Pharoah – This claim turned into a flop.
- Basin – His connections cut him back to one-turn races after a lackluster performance in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2).
- Tap It to Win – He is a decent horse, but this claim did not work out well from a fantasy perspective.
- Uncle Chuck – This claim was a major flop in the Travers Stakes (G1).
5. Dan “Wise Dan” Waite (99/1)
- Sonneman – He ran a much-improved race last time out, finishing second in the Pat Day Mile (G2).
- Swiss Skydiver – She still ran well in defeat, finishing second in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). She’ll give the boys another try this weekend in the Preakness Stakes (G1).
- Man in the Can – He ran how you’d expect an Arkansas-bred to do in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2).
- Max Player – He’s the only horse to run in all three legs of the Triple Crown this year.
- Mystic Guide – He came up with a big effort in his last start, winning the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) impressively.
6. Mike “Saratoga Slim” Spector (99/1)
- Structor – He will miss the entire year with minor injuries that keep popping up.
- Ny Traffic – This colt had some steam going into the Derby, but his jockey decided to mess with other horses instead of riding his own. He’ll try again in the Preakness Stakes (G1).
- Charlatan – His Arkansas Derby (G1) victory-turned-disqualification cost Slim 50 points and any chance of contending for the championship.
- Country Grammer – He proved in the Travers Stakes (G1) that he is nowhere near the top of his class.
- No Parole – He will continuing sprinting in the Phoenix Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
7. Real Dynasty (99/1)
- Green Light Go – He has struggled to run well or even stay healthy all season.
- Happy Saver – He looked good in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Laurel, but won’t make an impact in this league past that race.
- Creed – Who knows where he will start next after he skipped the Jim Dandy Stakes (G2).
- Rushie – It turned out to be a great move for this horse to skip the Derby; he won the Pat Day Mile (G2) on the undercard.
- Sole Volante – This horse did very little running in the Kentucky Derby (G1).
8. Jared Welch (99/1)
- Candy Tycoon – Surprise! He sucked in a recent Saratoga allowance race.
- Eight Rings – He sucked again (big surprise) in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes (G1).
- Toledo – He put up another sucky performance in a recent allowance race at Churchill Downs.
- Shoplifted – He did his normal sucky run in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes (G1).
- Ete Indien – Who knows when we’ll see this sucky horse again.
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. He returned to the worktab at Monmouth Park, so he could be with a new trainer.
- 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 – He couldn’t even win an allowance at Churchill Downs last time out for this pathetic team.
10. Austin Elsey/Steve “Evil Steveil” Ronchetto (99/1)
- Mischevious Alex – He failed to earn this team any points in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes (G1).
- Mr. Big News – It’s all on his shoulders. If he wins the Preakness, this team will not finish last. If he doesn’t…then its lights out for this team.
- Shivaree – He sucked once again in the Travers Stakes (G1).
- King Guillermo – This team just cannot catch a break; he was a late scratch from the Derby, and has been sent to the farm.
- Wells Bayou – Trainer Brad Cox announced on June 10 that he is off the Derby trail due to bone bruising.