It’s that time of year…the Derby preps have begun, the first Derby future pool has closed…and the Road to the Roses fantasy league has kicked off its 2012 season.
I’ve chosen my fantasy stable (feel free to look at it so that you’ll know which horses to avoid), and the Brooklyn Backstretch Charity League is set to go for year #5.
As in past years, the winner of our league will have a donation made in his or her name to the racing charity of his or her choice. Past recipients include the Belmont Child Care Association, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, ReRun, All About Spay Neuter, and Old Friends at Cabin Creek.
I pledge $75; in past years, league members have voluntarily contributed, and last year, our donation totaled $600. In the four years of our league’s existence, we’ve donated nearly $2,000 to racing-related charities.
You don’t need to contribute to win…just join! Standings will be posted here regularly, and the races begin next Saturday, February 25, with the Risen Star at Fair Grounds, giving you a little more than a week to get your stable in order. The only rule is that you don’t get to make fun of me (publicly, anyway) for my picks.
Oh, yeah, one other rule: one stable per person, please.
My guiding principles in choosing my stable this year are not so different from previous years: A cat horse is obligatory (made rather difficult this year by the temporary Ramsey moratorium on Kitten-naming – I’ll certainly be glad when that comes to an end); I don’t pick horses with terrible or misspelled names, or onesthatrunalltogether; a hockey horse would be nice.
So get your stable set up and start collecting points—you can join our league with this information:
League Name: Brooklyn Backstretch
League Identifier: 1513977600
Activation Code: 2496062994
And if you’re interested in contributing to the donation, please e-mail me, leave a comment, or contact me through Facebook (message or at the Brooklyn Backstretch page) or Twitter. And while you’re at it, follow on Twitter and “like” on Facebook!