2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby Handicapping Challenge

Current Standings

Curlin08

957

Keelerman

885

Van Horn

840

Pal Ray

827

Riskaverse

802

Gary365

790

Predict

770

Aluminaut

720

trackjack

710

Shelmarka

707

Standby Painter

690

Secretariat

686

Rik Est

652

Mary Y

642

Charlotte

628

Betsabet

608

Quinnbt

600

Discopartner

593

Eric Rickard

593

Smitty37

578

MeyerhoffsMonster

571

Bill Dawson

541

Tomskid

534

gary26

526

Bob Saget

522

Betty S

500

Akita Girl

493

Horseplay

470

Kathy Weightman

469

fitzpony

445

Magnoliagirl

439

mz

409

Barry Craig

408

latenite

398

Rachel best 3 yr old filly ever

396

dust commander5

380

The Don

380

Outside Post

360

Pedigree Ann

355

Chumsmo

338

Ranagulzion

306

chasingmytail

271

Weinberg

231

Coldfacts

212

Big Bob

203

arliss

184

Allatime

141

Leigh

140

Tiznowliam

80

 

Rules

Get ready, everyone! I would like to invite you all to join me in the fourth annual "Road to the Kentucky Derby" informal Handicapping Challenge!

Starting on January 2nd and continuing until January 5th, players may choose a stable of eight horses (plus one jockey and one trainer) that will earn points based on their performances in a series of official Kentucky Derby prep races (the list of races is included below.) Points will be awarded to the top four finishers in each race, although the number of points awarded will vary from race to race. For example, if I choose Good Magic for my stable and he goes on to win the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II), I will earn 100 points, but if he were to instead win a race like the Fountain of Youth (gr. II), I would only earn 50 points. Trainer and jockey points will be awarded only if the trainer or jockey in question wins a race and not if they finish second, third, or fourth; 10 points will be awarded for each prep race that a trainer or jockey wins, regardless of the actual points available in the race, while 50 points will be awarded if your jockey or trainer wins the Kentucky Derby.

Also, each week, players will be able to designate one of their horses as a "prime" horse, and will earn double the number of points for that horse's performance that week. For example, if a player were to designate Good Magic as their prime horse on the week of the Blue Grass Stakes and Good Magic won the race, that player would earn 200 points, double the standard 100 points. Designating a prime horse each week will not be a requirement, but it will add a bit of additional intrigue to the contest, and give players a chance to gain extra points if they think one of their horses is ready to run a big race. To designate your prime horse each week, simply leave a comment on this page with the name of your prime horse and the race in which they are running.

Players will get a chance to add two additional horses to their stables starting on March 26th and ending on March 29th. The contest will culminate with the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on May 5th, which will offer points on a 200-80-40-20 basis to the top four finishers. Whoever accumulates the most points by the end of the contest wins bragging rights as the Unlocking Winners Kentucky Derby Handicapper of the Year! :)

All contest entries, stable additions, and prime horses MUST be posted on this contest page; any contest entries, stable additions, and prime horses posted on other pages or blog posts will not be accepted. In addition, players will only be allowed to join the contest during the initial joining period from January 2nd to January 5th; any entries submitted after this time will not be accepted. All dates mentioned are subject to slight change depending on changes to the dates and schedule of Kentucky Derby prep races.

To simplify the scoring process, please do not post anything except contest entries, stable additions, and prime horses in the comments on this page.

The complete list of contest races, along with the points available in each race, can be found here: https://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses/prep-races. Our contest will begin with the January 6th Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita.

Good luck to all!

Contest Entries

allatime
Avery Island
Ax Man
McKinzie
Navistar
Peace
Principe Guilherme
Tiz Mischief
Zing Zang
Catholic Boy
Quip
Steve Asmussen
Robby Albarado

Akita Girl
Bolt D'Oro
Copper Bullet
Good Magic
Le Vent Se Leve
McKinzie
Principe Guilherme
Sporting Chance
Vino Rosso
Magnum Moon
Promises Fulfilled
Bob Baffert
John Velazquez

Aluminaut
Ax Man
Enticed
Good Magic
Instilled Regard
Lone Sailor
McKinzie
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Audible
Bolt d'Oro
Steve Asmussen
Martin Garcia

arliss
Dak Attack
Hollywood Star
Free Drop Billy
Mckinzie
Sporting Chance
Strike Power
Tiz Mischief
Vision
Gold Town
Magnum Moon
Dale Romans
Luis Saez

Barry Craig
Catholic Boy
Copper Bullet
Engage
Good Magic
Greyvitos
Mendelssohn
Reride
The Tabulator
Bolt d'Oro
Flameaway
Steve Asmussen
Luis Saez

Betsabet
Catholic Boy
Enticed
Good Magic
Mc Kinzie
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Strike Power
Zulfikhar
Gold Town
Justify
Chad Brown
Jose Ortiz

Betty S
Catholic Boy
Good Magic
Le Vent Le Seve
Mask
McKinzie
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Tiz Mischief
Justify
Magnum Moon
Bob Baffert
Jose Ortiz

BigBob
Ax Man
Firenze Fire
Kris' Rocket Kat
Mississippi
Principe Guilherme
Supreme Aura
Tiz Mischief
Vino Rosso
Gold Town
Quip
Robby Albarado
Dale Romans

Bill Dawson
Catholic Boy
Firenze Fire
Good Magic
Instilled Regard
Le Vent Se Leve
McKinzie
Solomini
Strike Power
Bolt d'Oro
Justify
Bob Baffert
Mike Smith

Bob Saget
Bolt D’Oro
Copper Bullet
Enticed
Good Magic
Mask
Noble Indy
Principe Guilherme
Vino Rosso
Bob Baffert
John Velazquez

Charlotte
Good Magic
McKinzie
Noble Indy
Principe Guilherme
Restoring Hope
St. Patrick's Day
Tapability
Zulfikhar
Bolt d'Oro
Justify
Bob Baffert
Mike Smith

chasingmytail
Combatant
Dak Attack
McKinzie
Mississippi
New York Central
Prinicipe Guilherme
Tiz Mischief
Zing Zang
Good Magic
Reride
Steve Asmussen
Florent Geroux

Chumsmo
Bolt D' Oro
Catholic Boy
Dak Attack
Enticed
Free Drop Billy
Hollywood Star
Run Away
Tiz Mischief
Gold Town
Storm Runner
Steve Asmussen
Javier Castellano

Coldfacts
Avery Island
City Plan
Enticed
Firenze Fire
Hollywood Star
Lone Sailor
Peace
Tiz Mischief
Gold Town
Promises Fulfilled
Robby Albarado
Dale Romans

Curlin08
Catholic Boy
Enticed
Good Magic
Mckinzie
Noble Indy
Instilled Regard
Solomini
Tiz Mischief
Audible
Justify
Bob Baffert
John Velazquez

discopartner
Bal Harbour
Firenze Fire
Flameaway
Good Magic
Givemeaminit
New York Central
Sea Foam
Solomini
Audible
Magnum Moon
Chad Brown
John Velazquez

dust commander5
Curlin's Honor
Fort Wise Treaty
Good Magic
Mississippi
Run Away
St. Patrick's Day
Solomini
Whirlin Curlin
Audible
Gold Town
Chad Brown
Jose Ortiz

Eric Rickard
Catholic Boy
Good Magic
Le Vent Se Leve
McKinzie
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Vino Rosso
Vision
Bolt d'Oro
Justify
Bob Baffert
Mike Smith

fitzpony
Bolt' D'Oro
Catholic Boy
Firenze Fire
Greyvitos
Marconi
Principe Guilherme
St. Patrick's Day
Tiz Mischief
Audible
Magnum Moon
Jose Ortiz
Dale Romans

gary26
Catholic Boy
Good Magic
Greyvitos
Kowboy Karma
McKinzie
My Boy Jack
Principe Guilherme
Shivermetimbers
Audible
Machismo
Todd Pletcher
John Velazquez

Gary365
Bolt d’Oro
Copper Bullet
Enticed
Good Magic
McKenzie
Montauk
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Audible
Justify
Mick Ruis
Corey Nakatani

Horseplay
Dak Attack
Enticed
Good Magic
Life's A Parlay
Montauk
Prince Guilherme
Solomini
Strike Power
Bolt d'Oro
Magnum Moon
Dale Romans
Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Kathy Weightman
Catholic Boy
Dak Attack
Diamond King
Enticed
Instilled Regard
Good Magic
Peace
Solomini
Bolt d'Oro
Magnum Moon
Mike Smith
Bob Baffert

Keelerman
Ax Man
Bolt d'Oro
Combatant
Good Magic
Le Vent Se Leve
McKinzie
Principe Guilherme
Vino Rosso
Audible
Justify
Mike Smith
Todd Pletcher

latenite
Bryzzo
Catholic Boy
Dak Attack
Instilled Regard
McKinzie
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Zulifkar
Bolt d'Oro
Good Magic
Bob Baffert
Mike Smith

Leigh
Apostle
El Corazon
He's Stylish
Old Time Revival
Santiamen
Sea Foam
Untamed Domain
Vouch
Bolt d'Oro
Strike Power
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Todd Pletcher
 

Magnoliagirl
Alkhaatam
Catholic Boy
Givemeaminit
Good Magic
Hollywood Star
Lone Sailor
Principe Guilherme
The Tabulator
Hofburg
Instilled Regard
Chad Brown
Jose Ortiz

Mary Y.
Enticed
Good Magic
Instilled Regard
Marconi
McKinzie
Mourinho
Rap Tap Strike
Solomini
Mendelssohn
Todd Pletcher
Irad Ortiz, Jr.

MeyerhoffsMonster
Dak Attack
Good Magic
McKinzie
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Tiz Mischief
Vino Rosso
Zulfikhar
Justify
Promises Fulfilled
Dale Romans
Jose Ortiz

mz
Archaggelos
Alkhaatam
Ayacara
Le Vente Se Leve
Mendelssohn
Solomini
Vino Rosso
Zing Zang
Bolt d'Oro
Quip
Chad Brown
Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Outside Post
Copper Bullet
Dak Attack
Good Magic
Instilled Regard
Le Vent Se Leve
McKinzie
Nero
Untamed Domain
Justify
Promises Fulfilled
Bob Baffert
Mike Smith

Pal Ray
Analyze it
Bolt d’ Oro
Good Magic
Mississippi
Peace
Principe Guilherme
Vino Rosso
Zulfikhar
Justify
Mendelssohn
Todd Pletcher
Mike Smith

Pedigree Ann
Apostle
Bolt d'Oro
Copper Bullet
Good Magic
Hollywood Star
Peace
Sporting Chance
Solomini
McKinzie
My Boy Jack
 
predict
Ax Man
Bolt d’Oro
Catholic Boy
Enticed
Good Magic
Noble indy
Solomini
Strike Power
Magnum Moon
Mississippi
Bob Baffert
Drayden Van Dyke

Quinnbt
Catholic Boy
Dak Attack
Good Magic
Higher Power
Marconi
McKinzie
Peace
Principe Guilherme
Bolt d'Oro
Justify
Todd Pletcher
Mike Smith

Rachel best 3 yr old filly ever
All out Blitz
Ax Man
Bolt D Oro
Ebben
Greyvitos
Kowboy Karma
Mourinho
Strike Power
Gold Town
Justify
Bob Baffert
Drayden Van Dyke
 
Ranagulzion
Bolt d'Oro
Catholic Boy
Dak Attack
Firenze Fire
Free Drop Billy
Solomini
Tiz Mischief
Tricks To Doo
Enticed
Promises Fulfilled
Dale Romans
Robby Albarado

Rik Est
Avery Island
Ax Man
Catholic Boy
Enticed
Firenze Fire
Good Magic
McKinzie
Gold Town
Justify
Principe Guilherme
Bob Baffert
Javier Castellano

Riskaverse
Enticed
Good Magic
Hollywood Star
McKinzie
Navistar
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Tricks to Doo
Audible
Justify
Todd Pletcher
Javier Castellano

Secretariat
Bolt d' Oro
Combatant
Good Magic
Instilled Regard
McKinzie
Montauk
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Audible
Magnum Moon
Todd Pletcher
Javier Castellano

shelmarka
Bolt D'Oro
Catholic Boy
Enticed
Firenze Fire
Good Magic
McKinzie
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Justify
Promises Fulfilled
Bob Baffert
Mike Smith

smitty37
Bolt d' Oro
Good Magic
He Take Charge
Locomotion
Montauk
McKenzie
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Justify
Promises Fulfilled
Bob Baffert
John Velazquez

Standby Painter
Ax Man
Bolt d'Oro
Firenze Fire
Good Magic
Le Vente Se Leve
Shivermetimbers
Solomini
Vino Rosso
Catholic Boy
Justify
Chad Brown
Flavien Prat
 
The Don
Combatant
Good Magic
Marconi
Mask
McKinzie
Prince Guilherme
Solomini
Tricks To Doo
Bolt d'Oro
Justify
Chad Brown
Jose Ortiz

Tiznowliam
Conquistador
Ike
Inscom
Mask
Navistar
New York Central
Solomini
Zulfikhar
Drayden Van Dyke
Bob Baffert

Tomskid
Bolt D’Oro
Enticed
Givemeaminit
Good Magic
Instilled Regard
Shivermetimbers
Solomini
Untamed Domain
Justify
Runaway Ghost
Jose Ortiz
Graham Motion

trackjack
Catholic Boy
Combatant
Firenze Fire
Good Magic
McKinzie
Principe Guilherme
Solomini
Vino Rosso
Bolt d'Oro
Justify
Bob Baffert
Mike Smith

Van Horn
Bolt d’ Oro
Catholic Boy
Enticed
Good Magic
Le Vent Se Leve
Locomotion
McKinzie
Solomini
Justify
Mendelssohn
Chad Brown
Jose Ortiz

Weinberg
Bolt d'Oro
Copper Bullet
Good Magic
Lionite
Montauk
Mourinho
Rubus
Vision
Steve Asmussen
Mike Smith

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