2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby Handicapping Challenge

Current Standings

Thanks to Betty S for her help with the scoring!

 

Tomskid 30
AmyK 20
Chumsmo 20
Curlin08 20
gary26 20
Kathy Weightman 20
MDG 20
predict 20
RobbieJoe25 20
trackjack 20
Northbrae 10
Patricia Jo Pulkowski 2
Quinnbt 2
Standby Painter 2
Absolutely Aiden 0
Akita Girl 0
Aluminaut 0
Amanda Williams 0
Anglachel 0
arliss 0
armyguy 0
Betty S 0
Big Bob 0
Bill Dawson 0
Charlotte 0
Chicken Dinner 0
Coldfacts 0
Discopartner 0
dust commander5 0
Eric Rickard 0
Erik Bovee 0
fitzpony 0
Footlick 0
Gary Cameron 0
Hossdboss 0
Keelerman 0
latenite 0
Leigh 0
Mary Y 0
My Takeout 0
mz 0
Outside Post 0
Pedigree Ann  0
Pro Vet 0
Ranagulzion 0
Rik Est 0
Riskaverse 0
shelmarka 0
Sinatra Jeter 0
Smitty37 0
SR Vegas 0
The Bid 0
Tiznowliam 0
tnhunter 0
Van Horn 0

Rules

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

Starting on January 7th and continuing until January 18th, players may choose a stable of ten 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 available here; only races held after January 7th will be counted in the contest.) 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 a player chooses Game Winner for their stable and he goes on to win the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), that player will earn 100 points, but if Game Winner were to instead win a race like the San Felipe (gr. II), they 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 Game Winner as their prime horse on the week of the Santa Anita Derby and Game Winner 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 25th and ending on March 29th. The contest will culminate with the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on May 4th, 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 7th to January 18th; any entries submitted after this time will not be accepted. Finally, once your stable has been posted, no changes will be accepted regardless of whether you submit the change before the deadline for entries closes.

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

Good luck to all!

Contest Entries

Absolutley Aiden
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Gun It 
Improbable
Instgrand
Kingley 
Maximus Mischief 
Mihos
Signalman
Vekoma
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Akita Girl
Classy John
Country House
Game Winner
Gunmetal Gray
Improbable
Instagrand
Maximus Mischief
Signalman
Still Dreaming
Vekoma
Jockey: Mike Smith
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Aluminaut
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Gray Attempt
Improbable
Long Range Toddy
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Mr. Money
Network Effect
Signalman
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Bob Baffert  

Amanda Williams
Country House
Gunmetal Grey 
Improbable
Instagrand
Mihos
Mind Control
Mucho Gusto
Plus Que Parfait 
Tackett
Walking Thunder
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer: Bob Baffert

AmyK
Code of Honor
Game Winner
Galilean
Improbable
Instagrand
Maximus Mischief
Mihos
Mucho
Still Dreaming
War Of Will
Jockey: Flavien Prat
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Anglachel
Code of Honor  
Galilean
Game Winner 
Gunmetal Gray
Improbable
Instagrand
Maximus Mischief
Mihos
Signalman 
Vekoma
Jockey: Jose Ortiz 
Trainer: Todd Pletcher

arliss
Global Campaign
Haikal
Improbable
Instagrand
Kentucky Wildcat
Kingly
Maximum Mischief
Network Effect
Signalman
Standard Deviation
Jockey: Javier Castellano 
Trainer: Chad Brown

armyguy
Cambier Parc
Coliseum
Game Winner
Gunmetal Gray 
Improbable
Instagrand
Knicks Go 
Maximus Mischief
Mucho Gusto
Signalman 
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer: Chad Brown

Betty S
Bankit
Game Winner
Improbable
Instagrand
Maximus Mischief
Mihos
Network Effect
Roadster
Signalman
Walking Thunder
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer: Bob Baffert 

BigBob
Big Scott Daddy
Cave Run
Federal Case
Game Winner
Improbable
Le General
Metropol
Owendale
Stretford End
Tikhvin Flew
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Bill Dawson
Code of Honor
Galilean
Game Winner
Improbable
Instagrand
Maximus Mischief
Mihos
Mucho Gusto
Network Effect
Vekoma
Jockey: Joel Rosario 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Charlotte
Comical Ghost
Dessman
Game Winner
Improbable
Maximus Mischief
Mihos
Reedley
Tight Ten
Vekoma
Walking Thunder
Jockey: Mike Smith 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Chicken Dinner
Final Jeopardy
Game Winner
Global Campaign 
Improbable
Instagrand 
Knicks Go
Mucho Gusto 
Signalman 
Still Dreaming
Vekoma 
Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Chumsmo
Bankit
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Improbable
Instagrand
Signalman
Still Dreaming
Super Steed
Tikhvin Flew
War of Will
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Coldfacts
Art Song
Come On Gerry
Forloveofcountry
Improbable
Lucky Lee
Much Better
Preamble
Roiland
So Alive
Sir Winston
Jockey: Robby Albarado 
Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Curlin08
Game Winner
Improbable
Limonite
Mihos
Mucho
Signalman
Standard Deviation
Tax
Vekoma
War of Will
Jockey: Joel Rosario 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Discopartner
Bankit
Federal Case
Game Winner
Improbable
Knicks Go
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Mucho
Network Effect
Signalman
Jockey: Jose Ortiz 
Trainer: Robert E. Reed, Jr.

dust commander5
Bourbon War
Game Winner
Gunmetal Gray
Improbable
Limonite
Much Better
Mucho
Sleepy Eyes Todd
Tackett
Tax
Jockey: Joel Rosario 
Traine: Bob Baffert

Eric Rickard
Country House
Derma Louvre
Galilean
Game Winner
Improbable
Long Range Toddy
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Moretti
Vekoma
Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Erik Bovee
Cave Run
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Knicks Go
Mucho
Roadster
Still Dreaming
Tacitus
Vekoma
Walking Thunder
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Todd Pletcher 

fitzpony
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Gunmetal Gray
Improbable
Instagrand
Knicks Go
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Mihos
Signalman
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Footlick
Code of Honor
Derma Louvre
Galilean
Gunmetal Gray
Instagrand
King for A Day
Mihos
Nolo Contesto
Plus Que Parfait
Uncle Benny
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr
Trainer: Todd Pletcher

gary26
Cave Run
Game Winner
Improbable
Jack Van Berg
Magnificent McCool
Maximus Mischief
Nolo Contesto
Still Dreaming
Tikhvin Flew
War of Will
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Todd Pletcher   

Hossdboss
Game Winner
Gunmetal Gray
Maximum Mischief
Mihos
Mind Control
Instagrand
Improbable
Complexity
Knicks Go
Roadster
Jockey: Joel Rosario 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Kathy Weightman
Admire
Bankit
Game Winner
Gunmetal Grey
Improbable
Le General
Maximus Mischief
Mihos
Plus Que Parfait
War of Will
Jockey - Joel Rosario 
Trainer - Bob Baffert

Keelerman
Cave Run
Derma Louvre
Game Winner
Gray Attempt
Improbable
Lucky Lee 
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Network Effect
Signalman
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Bob Baffert 

latenite
Game Winner
Improbable
Kentucky Wildcat
Kingly
Moretti Mucho
Mucho Gusto
Network Effect
Still Alive
Tacitus
Jockey: Joel Rosario   
Trainer: Bob Baffert
 
Leigh
Binary 
B P Rocket
Gunmetal Gray 
King For A Day
Mihos
Plus Que Parfait
Signalman
Tacitus
Tackett
Vekoma 
Jockey: Jose Ortiz 
Trainer: Bill Mott

Gary Cameron 
Admire
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Improbable
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Nolo Contesto
Seismic Jolt
Signalman
Still Dreaming
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Mary Y.
Bankit
Federal Case
Galilean
Game Winner
Improbable
Kentucky Wildcat
Moretti
Mucho Gusto
Network Effect
Tax
Jockey: Jose Ortiz 
Trainer: Chad Brown

MDG
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Improbable
Instagrand
Long Range Toddy
Maximus Mischief
Mihos
Nolo Contesto
Plus Que Parfait
War Of Will
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Bob Baffert 

My Takeout
Bankit
Galilean
Game Winner
Gunmetal Gray
Knicks Go
Long Range Toddy
Mihos
Mucho Gusto
Signalman
Walking Thunder
Jockey: Mike Smith 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

mz
Avie’s Flatter
Bourbon War
Cairo Cat
Come On Gerry
Comical Ghost
Galilean
Global Campaign
Mihos
Moretti
Vekoma
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Northbrae
Big Scott Daddy
Fort Worth
Improbable
Maximus Mischief
Mihos
Mind Control
Network Effect
Nolo Contesto
Roadster
Signalman
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Trainer: Mark Casse 

Outside Post
Admire
Game Winner
Gunmetal Gray
Improbable
Instagrand
Maximus Mischief
Mihos
Plus Que Parfait
Signalman
Vekoma
Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke
Trainer: Bob Baffert 

Patricia Jo Pulkowski
Dream Maker
Game Winner
Gray Attempt
Gun It
Gunmetal Gray
Knicks Go
Maximus Mischief
Nitrous
Roadster
Wicked Indeed
Jockey: Mike Smith 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Pedigree Ann
Avie's Flatter
Cambier Parc
Game Winner
Gunmetal Gray
Malpais
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Mucho
Signalman
Tacitus
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer: Bill Mott

predict
Award Winner
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Improbable
Kingly
Maximus Mischief
Tax
Vekoma
War of Will
Whoa Nellie
Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke
Trainer: Bob Baffert

PRO VET
Bourbon War
Game Winner
Improbable
Instagrand
Kentucky Wildcat
Maximum Mischief
Mind Control
Mr Money
Network Effect
Signalman
Drayden Van Dyke
Bob Baffert

Quinnbt
Coliseum
Gray Attempt
Gray Magician
Gun It
Gunmetal Gray
Knicks Go
Nitrous
Pole Setter
Tacitus
Wicked Indeed
Jockey: Florent Geroux 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Ranagulzion
Code of Honor
Dream Maker
Galilean
Game Winner
Instagrand
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Mucho
Uncle Benny
Vekoma
Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Rik Est
Country House
Federal Case
Game Winner
Gray Attempt
Gunmetal Gray
Improbable
Maximus Mischief
Plus Que Parfait
Signalman
So Alive
Jockey: John Valasquez 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Riskaverse
Country House
Federal Case
Game Winner
Improbable
Kingly
Mihos
Network Effect
Plus Que Parfait
Tacitus
Vekoma
Jockey: Jose Ortiz 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

ROBBIEJOE25
Country House
Game Winner
Improbable
Kingly
Maximus Mischief
Much Better
Still Dreaming
Tacitus
Vekoma
War of Will
Jockey: Joel Rosario 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

shelmarka
Game Winner
Gunmetal Gray
Improbable
Instagrand
Knicks Go
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Mucho Gusto
Roadster
Signalman
Jockey: Joel Rosario 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Sinatra Jeter
Cairo Cat
Complexity
Game Winner
Improbable
Instagrand
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Mucho Gusto
Signalman
Vekoma
Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Trainer: Bob Baffert

smitty37
Code of Honor
Game Winner
Improbable 
Instagram
Knicks Go
Maximus Mischief 
Mihos 
Mucho 
Network Effect
Roadster 
Jockey: Mike Smith   
Trainer: Bob Baffert

SR Vegas
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Improbable
Instagrand
Kingly
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Mucho
Super Steed
Tikhvin Flew
Jockey : Joel Rosario
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Standby Painter
Bourbon War
Galilean
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Gunmetal Gray
Improbable
Maximum Mischief
Mind Control
Signalman
Wicked Indeed
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer: Bob Baffert

The Bid
Game Winner
Improbable
Instagrand
Mucho
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Roadster
Still Dreaming
Tikhvin Flew
Vekoma
Jockey: Jose Ortiz 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Tiznowliam
Gum Tree Lane
Kingly
Mucho
Much Better
Signalman
Still Dreaming
Super Steed
Tacitus
Tikhvin Flew
Vekoma
Jockey: Javier Castellano 
Trainer: Bob Baffert

tnhunter
Cave Run
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Improbable
Lucky Lee
Maximus Mischief
Mihos
Mucho Gusto
Network Effect
Tikhvin Flew
Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Tomskid
Call Paul
Classy John 
Forty Under 
Galilean
Game Winner 
Improbable  
Long Range Toddy 
Maximus Mischief
Signalman
War of Will 
Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Trainer: Mark Casse

trackjack
Gunmetal Gray
Game Winner
Improbable
Maximus Mischief
Mind Control
Signalman
Still Dreaming
Tikhvin Flew
Vekoma
War of Will
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Bob Baffert 

Van Horn
Federal Case
Final Jeopardy
Game Winner
Global Campaign
Gray Attempt
Improbable
Mihos
Mucho
Network Effect
Nolo Contesto
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Thanks to Quinnbt for compiling the alphabetized list of stables!

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