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Racing Dudes Fantasy Update: Triple Crown Season Up Next

Justify moments before saddling up for victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby (Credit: Melanie Martines)

The Kentucky Derby prep season has come to an end and the cream has risen to the top. Team Magic holds a solid lead with three prime Derby contenders as we head into the three most important races of the year. You can’t forget about Team Slim and Welch, though, as both have solid chances to catch Magic right at the wire. Let’s take a look at the Current Standings and the outlook of each team as we head into the Triple Crown season:

Current Standings

Ranking Team Score Current Team Members
1Jared Welch 1,390Solomini, Greyvitos, Justify, Sporting Chance, New York Central
2Curtis "Magic" Kalleward 270Good Magic, Mendelssohn, Marconi, My Boy Jack, Magnum Moon
3Aaron Halterman 256Principe Guilherme, Instilled Regard, Noble Indy, Bravazo, Combatant
4Mike "Saratoga Slim" Spector 175Bolt d’Oro, Audible, Hofburg, Restoring Hope, Navistar
5Ryan Stillman/Jon White 146Mask, Flameaway, Untamed Domain, Enticed, Quip
6Dan "The Fan Man" Waite 31Catholic Boy, Nero, Lone Sailor, Vino Rosso, Free Drop Billy

Power Rankings

1. Curtis “Magic” Kalleward:  

Horses in the Derby: Good Magic, Mendelssohn, and Magnum Moon

Non-Derby Starters That Could Still Run in Triple Crown Races: Marconi

Horses That Are Out: Curlin’s Honor

Bottom Line: This is the team to beat as the first Saturday in May draws near. Good Magic, Mendelssohn, and Magnum Moon are all prime candidates to win the Kentucky Derby.

2. Mike “Saratoga Slim” Spector: 

Horses in the Derby: Audible and Bolt d’Oro

Non-Derby Starters That Could Still Run in Triple Crown Races: Restoring Hope

Horses That Are Out: Avery Island and Navistar

Bottom Line: Bolt d’Oro and Audible give him a solid 1-2 punch in the Kentucky Derby. If they can outrun Magic’s big three, then this team could make a serious run at the top spot.

3. Jared Welch:  

Horses in the Derby: Justify and Solomini

Non-Derby Starters That Could Still Run in Triple Crown Races: Sporting Chance and Greyvitos

Horses That Are Out: New York Central

Bottom Line: It all hinges on Justify. If the big horse wins two of the three Triple Crown races, then this team will likely win, though it still wouldn’t be a lock even with he did. Outside of Justify, the rest of this team has disappointed.

2018 Kentucky Oaks/Kentucky Derby Wagering Guide

4. Jon White/Ryan Stillman:  

Horses in the Derby: Enticed, Flameaway, and Free Drop Billy

Non-Derby Starters That Could Still Run in Triple Crown Races: None

Horses That Are Out: Untamed Domain and McKinzie

Bottom Line: McKinzie’s injury ruined their chances of winning. Not only do they have to hope that one of their three Kentucky Derby longshots can hit the board, but they also have to hope that they can impact the Preakness and the Belmont, too.

5. Aaron Halterman: 

Horses in the Derby: Noble Indy and Bravazo

Non-Derby Starters That Could Still Run in Triple Crown Races: Combatant and Instilled Regard

Horses That Are Out: Principe Guilherme

Bottom Line: A star horse never developed for this team that will be a long shot to win despite leading the contest in points for most of the year.

6. Dan “The Fan Man” Waite: 

Horses in the Derby: Vino Rosso

Non-Derby Starters That Could Still Run in Triple Crown Races: None

Horses That Are Out: Nero, Catholic Boy, Storm Runner, and Gold Town

Bottom Line: This team needs a miracle. Dan “The Fan Man” will be busy during the claiming period and needs some solid success to keep from finishing last.

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