The Kentucky Derby Likes March Madness

March Madness always grips me each year.  As a sports fan, the idea of teams working hard to peak at the prime of the season is awesome. The training, endurance, and camaraderie must fuse into one body, one mind. 

The competition is tough and challenging. This competition is what is fun; seeing teams play their best against other teams laying their hearts on the line.  So naturally brackets for college basketball are a great way to celebrate this competitive spirit.

I have never been into fantasy football, fantasy basketball ect... though I like brackets and playoff games on television.  The fantasy game just does not appeal to me for whatever reason. This has changed somewhat for me in the horse racing industry. Lets look at the Road to the Roses 2008 Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge. 

The horses get to start the Triple Crown trail and prep for their finale in the Breeders' Cup World Championships.  Much as the teams train all year and prep for big games by playing division leaders.

If you have not signed up yet for the challenge, it is a little late to win the game. But if you are interested in just checking things out for next year and to see what is going on this year, then do it!  It is fun and not very demanding.

To create a stable, visit:

The competition does not only consider horses. You must choose two jockeys and two trainers.  I do not know a whole lot about most jockeys, but I was advised to pick one West Coast and one East Coast oriented jockey.  It makes sense. 

Trainers I do know more about and chose due to their stables, performances last year, and some of their horses work times.  That was a benefit in laying out the PDF, I can read a lot of that information.

Here is my set up.  This year I went more for horses I liked and wanted to see do well as opposed to horses I should pick and expect to just rock all of their races, leading to the Kentucky Derby.

My stable name: Adam's Turf
Rank: 12,235 of 17,396+

My Derby stable holds:

Anak Nakal
El Gato Malo
Giant Moon
Jedi Code
Old Man Buck
Sierra Sunset
U. S. Cavalry
War Pass
Z Humor

Nick Zito
Steve Asmussen

John Velazquez
Rafael Bejarano

So who would be in your stable?

Notable Mention:

For a whole lot more insight and awesome information on the Kentucky Derby and following the Triple Crown trail, PLEASE visit my co-worker Jason Shandler's blog.  It is good, it is great stuff.  He has a lot of good angles that make you think.

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