iInstead 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|
|We The People||In Due Time|
|Crown Pride||Barber Road|
|Total Points: 455||Total Points: 664|
Eric Solomon’s Stable: (Week 9 Update)
The last round of 100 point preps proved mostly kind to me, as Taiba, who was a last minute addition for me, drove past his stablemate, Messier, in the final 1/16 of a mile in the Santa Anita Derby. Meanwhile, Zandon and Smile Happy both took care of business at Keeneland in the Blue Grass. Morello was the lone disappointment after the bad break in the Wood took him out of his element when going two turns for the first time. Last week, In Due Time earned me four extra points that move prove helpful when finishing a disappointing third in the Lexington.
Moving forward, I’m feeling good with my stable, knowing that I need one of these horses to finish second or better to win the contest. However, I’m certainly a little nervous with Epicenter in Eric D’s stable. At this point, he feels like the most likely winner in the Derby to me. Obviously, things can change, but he certainly checks a lot of the boxes for me.
Prior to the running of the Lexington, I swapped Ethereal Road for Cyberknife in an attempt to solidify my Derby Stable. While I don’t love his chances, he’s guaranteed to be in the body of the field, and he’s coming into the race after showing significant improvement in his last two starts.
Our next update will be the week of the Derby, as we’ll draft the remaining horses into our respective stables.
Eric DeCoster’s Stable (updated 4/18):
Well the catch-up attempt did not work in the slightest. From the three preps on 4/9 I knew I was in good shape to run 1-2 in the Wood Memorial with Mo Donegal and Early Voting, which thankfully came to fruition. I also knew I was in rough shape with the Santa Anita Derby by not having either of the top contenders in Forbidden Kingdom and Messier. My biggest mistake was not playing defense in that spot and leaving Taiba for Eric S. to take. I truly didn’t think the horse had a chance to win and instead decided to stack the deck in the Blue Grass, but did that backfire on me big time or what? My said defense in the Blue Grass was the equivalent of a Junior Varsity C-team against an offense compiled of Division I prospects. While Zandon and Smile Happy both rolled to an easy top two finish, my squad of Blackadder, Volcanic, and Emmanuel all floundered home in behind. Admittedly, I knew this was going to happen, there was no way either of Eric S’s runners were running poorly, but it obviously has set me behind big time.
Now heading into the Derby itself, there’s still hope. I do need to win with one of my runners to have a fighting chance, as well as hit the board. I thankfully still sport the likely favorite in Epicenter, as well as Wood Memorial winner Mo Donegal. Not to mention, there’s also two live runners that would be mild upsets in Early Voting and Simplification. It will be a tough uphill climb for sure, but I think I may have the right horses to do it with.