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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I am not a "fantasy" guy either but I love the pony's. This sounds interesting to me any advice for me?    Is there prize money involved?  Post a comment for me.

04 Mar 2008 12:53 PM

It is mostly for fun, but you can definitely play for money if you choose to. I would not suggest signing up for a pay to play account this late into the game, but do sign up for the rest of the game and practice for next year.

Briefly, here is how "pay for play" works:

   * For a small $10 fee, you will become eligible for cash payout.

   * The entry fees for all players will go into one pool.

   * At the end of the game, the top 5 "paying" players will receive cash payout. See Prizes for distribution of the entry pool to the top 5 "pay to play" participants.

   * Any ties in the monetary payouts will be broken using the Derby 134 attendance estimate.

04 Mar 2008 1:00 PM
AT Reader

I like the look of your stable and your owners and trainers.  Thanks for the tips.

04 Mar 2008 1:43 PM

Thanks AT Reader, I am most confident in War Pass, El Gato Malo, Anak Nakal and Sierra Sunset from my stable.  There are many not in my stable that will hit the Derby.  Jason covers several of them.

04 Mar 2008 2:19 PM

I like all kinds of races and I’m always curious about who’ll win any race. But I’ve special love for horse races. I try always to attend all major horse races events when I find this possible such as Kentucky Derby which is really a real occasion for entertainment. But sometimes there are some ticket prices which are unfordable. Lately, a friend has recommended me a site where to compare ticket prices for free. And I find it a good idea because this way I can purchase by the lowest prices offered.

<a href="">Kentucky Derby Tickets</a>

08 Mar 2008 5:59 AM

Ted, that is a helpful resource, thank you for sharing that.  The major races are always a lot of fun.  My co worker has really helped me become interested in following maiden races and see where 2yos from various stallions are born, then named and follow them in race carriers.  I am specially following Perfect Soul (IRE), just for the fun of it.

10 Mar 2008 10:23 AM

Well, I'm a 'player' now. Should be fun and NO vet bills.

Hope everyone's choices stay sound

21 Mar 2008 5:52 PM

It is tough, because most of my pics are now out of the trail to the derby.  Pyro is leading strong, but hopefully Warpass just had a fluke and will be back.  El Gato Malo and ZFortune give me some hope in the long run.  I added Z Fortune and Court Vision as picks now.

24 Mar 2008 10:56 AM

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