Instead of rolling out a traditional Top 10 list, we’ve decided to give it a little twist this year. Eric DeCoster and Eric Solomon are going to have a friendly competition, choosing a fantasy stable of ten prospects for the Kentucky Derby. The Derby Points will determine the scoring, so if a winning horse in a player’s stable wins a 50 point race, the player gets 50 points. Any horse not selected into a stable will be available to pick up “on waivers” after each week, leading up to the Derby. The scoring for the Kentucky Derby will be 200 points to the winning horse, 80 points to the second place finisher, 40 points for third, and 20 points for 4th. Each week, we’ll post some thoughts and rationale for managing our stable.
|Eric D’s Stable||Eric S’s Stable|
|Mo Donegal||Smile Happy|
|Barese||In Due Time|
|Rattle N Roll||Forbidden Kingdom|
|God of Love||Barber Road|
|Early Voting||Ethereal Road|
|Total Points: 50||Total Points: 60|
Eric Solomon’s Stable: (Week 3 Update)
While I took the lead this weekend, thanks to my addition of Ethereal Road, I didn’t really get the separation that I thought I was going to get when they turned for home. Un Ojo got up with a strong late surge, and I took home second and third for the second straight week. At this point, I’m satisfied with keeping both Barber Road and Ethereal Road in my stable, as I think both could be useful horses in the Arkansas Derby next month.
There’s a lot of points up for grabs this weekend, and I’m pleased to have the morning line favorite in both the Gotham (Morello) and the San Felipe (Forbidden Kingdom). While I still have some wonderings about whether either will be able to get the Derby distance, both are useful horses in these Derby preps, and I think both have a fighting chance to get the job done this weekend.
It’ll be interesting to see how the horses sired by Not This Time perform as the races get longer. I’m looking forward to seeing In Due Time run around two turns at Gulfstream. His performance in allowance company in his last start was visually impressive, and the speed figures backed him up. Two turns will be a true test, but I think he can deliver. The one move I made to my stable was switching out one son of Not This Time, Chasing Time, in favor of another one, Howling Time. Chasing Time had a decent trip, but wasn’t good enough in the Rebel. They may take another shot with him in the Arkansas Derby, but I think he’d be better suited to try a race like the Lexington at Keeneland. Conversely, I’ve been interested to see what Howling Time will do in his three year old campaign. I really liked his first two efforts, including a win in the Street Sense Stakes at this 1 Mile and 1/16 distance. He was unusually headstrong though in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, where he faded off the board. Runners from that race have been running very well this season. He’s 15-1 on the morning line in the Fountain of Youth, and while that number may drop with the scratch of Mo Donegal, I think he could be overlooked in this race, where he could sit a very cozy trip.
Eric DeCoster’s Stable (Week 3 Update):
Once again, no changes in my stable as much of the barn will be running over the next two weekends or have final 100-point preps firmly penciled in a few weeks from now. This weekend I’m very hopeful to take home a lot of points in the Holy Bull with Simplification, Emmanuel, and Rattle N Roll, although the race has come up rather salty so I will certainly need some luck on my side. I was disappointed to see three horses opt out of running this weekend for later spots, those being Mo Donegal, Barese, and Early Voting. They each are pointing to future prep races, which is obviously a very good thing, but the confidence is definitely lessened knowing they’ll only get one more shot at points and potentially making the Derby starting gate.