As I mentioned a little while back, the folks at Steeplechase Times/Saratoga Special have a little Derby fantasy game going; I’ve decided to take the plunge and enter it, knowing full well that things like this are not exactly my forte (though I did do pretty well in an NHL playoff fantasy hockey competition a couple of years ago).
I need to select my ten Derby horses, two trainers, and two jockeys by midnight on Thursday; I have a hard enough time handicapping a full-field race, and now I have to choose from, oh, about a hundred horses on the Derby trail? Yeah, right; wish me luck.
So before I click to register, I’m going to run my picks by you. I am not offering any rationale for them, beyond that I’ve seen them race and they’ve impressed me on the track. We could dispute their pedigrees, their ability to get the distance, their preferred surfaces (though most of these are dirt guys), but why bother? If I were more sophisticated, I could employ Railbird’s formidable figuring…but I’m not.
So here they are, and let me know what you think:
Horses, in alphabetical order:
Ready’s Echo (or maybe Ready’s Image?)
Tale of Ekati
Trainers: Bill Mott, Kiaran McLaughlin
Jocks: Alan Garcia…and I’m stuck on this one–Velasquez or Velazquez? Cornelio or John? Leaning towards the former…
Your thoughts? Who are your picks?
Note: none of the above should be taken to mean that I’m making a commitment to any of these horses; I have no Derby loves at this point, just a couple of major crushes…among them Atoned and Tale of Ekati. Oh, yeah, and maybe Saratoga Russell. Fickle, thy name is woman…