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Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Will Anyone Catch Magic Mike?
Honor A. P. winning the Santa Anita Derby (Credit: Benoit Photo)

Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: Will Anyone Catch Magic Mike?

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


  • July 4: Los Alamitos Derby at Los Alamitos
  • July 8: Indiana Derby at Indiana Grand
  • August 15: Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park
  • September 5: Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs
  • September 5: Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga


  • July 11: Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland
  • 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

  • Real Dynasty CLAIMED Rushie and DROPPED Silver State
  • Jon White/Ryan Stillman CLAIMED Cafe Pharoah and DROPPED Storm the Court
  • Dan “Wise Dan” Waite CLAIMED Man in the Can and DROPPED Shotski
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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 (2/5)

  • Tiz the Law – This horse is now easily the top 3-year-old in the country after dominating the Belmont Stakes (G1).
  • Modernist – His Belmont Stakes (G1) effort was the lone disappointment on the day for the Magic Mike team.
  • Dr Post – His runner-up effort in the Belmont Stakes (G1) was huge and gives the team a solid 1-2 punch. 
  • Enforceable – He recently returned to the worktab as he builds for a start in the Blue Grass Stakes (G2).
  • Tizamagician – He is back in training and aiming for a return on Del Mar’s opening weekend. 

2. Jon White/Ryan Stillman (5/1)

  • 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 – The biggest challengers to the Magic Mike team have turned to Japan to find their latest Derby prospect. 
  • Basin – He rebounded from a poor Oaklawn Stakes with a solid runner-up effort in the Arkansas Derby (G1) and is aiming for 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 – This team just keeps winning shakes, this time getting the latest Bob Baffert monster to debut. He’ll likely start this weekend in the Los Alamitos Derby (G3). 

3. Aaron Halterman (8/1)

  • 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), showing that he’s not the top-level 3-year-old many expected. He is nominated for the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) this weekend. 
  • 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. 
  • Little Menace – He won the Derby last weekend! 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’s not a top-level member of this crop. 

4. Paul “Free Beers” Withrow (8/1)

  • Thousand Words – His Oaklawn Stakes effort was a total disaster, putting his future in question. He’ll try to rebound in the Los Alamitos Derby (G3). 
  • Cezanne – The $3.65 million purchase looked sharp on debut at Santa Anita Park on June 6. He runs Thursday at Los Alamitos in an allowance event. 
  • Nadal – Unfortunately, he came up lame after a workout and is reportedly heading off to stud duty.
  • Necker Island – He was claimed for $100k after running poorly at Churchill Downs. Maybe a barn change will help. 
  • Caracaro – He finally returned to the worktab out and might return in time to help this team finish the year strongly. 

5. Real Dynasty (20/1)

  • 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 – This is a one-paced horse who is always going to struggle to win. His Belmont Stakes (G1) effort was a disaster. 
  • Rushie – The newest member of this team will give it a go this weekend in the Los Alamitos Derby (G3).  
  • Sole Volante – He didn’t run a step in the Belmont Stakes (G1), which was a big surprise. 
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6. Jared Welch (20/1)

  • Maxfield – He suffered a condylar fracture on June 10 and is out for the year, but at least 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 from this team about him.
  • 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 – This horse was absolutely awful in a recent allowance race at Gulfstream Park and will need to rebound in a big way if he is going to make an impact in the Haskell Stakes (G1).  

7. Dan “Wise Dan” Waite (50/1)

  • Sonneman – This horse recently lost a two-horse race. That’s all that needs to be said.
  • Gouverneur Morris – This team suffered a major blow with this horse now off the trail after developing colitis. 
  • Man in the Can – The newest member of the the team looks to be headed to the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) for his next start. 
  • Max Player – He returned from a long layoff and closed nicely to finish third 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, who ran poorly in his next start.

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

  • Structor – He is currently back working out after missing the first half of the year and could make an impact this summer.
  • 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 and no longer looks like a stakes-caliber horse. 
  • No Parole – Though it’s too bad he’s not a two-turn Derby-type, he showed that he’s one of the nation’s best sprinters after demolishing the Woody Stephens Stakes (G1).

9. Brandon “B$” Bauer (50/1)

  • 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 – The newest addition to this team did very little running in the Matt Winn Stakes (G3).

10. Austin Elsey/Steve “Evil Steveil” Ronchetto (50/1)

  • Mischevious Alex – He was flat as a board in the Woody Stephens Stakes (G1), finishing well behind the winner. 
  • 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 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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