Welcome to year seven of the Brooklyn Backstretch Kentucky Derby charity game! We started in 2009, piggybacking on the Saratoga Special Derby fantasy league; from 2010 to 2013, we used the Road to the Roses as the base for our league play.
As in years past, I pledge $75 to the racing charity of the winner’s choice. There’s no entry fee, but contributions are welcome; over the years, we’ve donated $4,000 to racing charities like the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Days’ End Horse Rescue, Our Mims, Old Friends at Cabin Creek, All About Spay Neuter (which supported the care, feeding, and spay/neuter of the Belmont backstretch cats), and ReRun.
Last year’s winner was John Perotti, who won a pot of nearly $2,000, doling it out to Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, Belmont Child Care Association, The Moore Foundation (which supports the care, feeding, and spay/neuter of the cats on the Oklahoma backstretch), Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and The Exceller Fund.
In a change this year, donation money will be distributed among the top three finishers: 60% to the winner, 25% to the runner-up, 15% to whoever rounds out the trifecta.
Every dollar donated goes straight to the charities; info on pledging can be found below.
To play, you will select a fantasy stable consisting of 12 Triple Crown-nominated 3-year-old horses, and horses will earn points for the players’ stable with top-4 finishes in official Kentucky Derby qualifying races, racing in the Kentucky Derby, and a top-5 finish in the Kentucky Derby.
Points will be allocated according to the Kentucky Derby points system. Kentucky Derby starters will earn an additional 30 points each; Kentucky Derby points will be, for finishes in the top 5, 300-120-60-30-15.
Mike has divided the Triple Crown-nominated horses into three groups based on criteria including current Derby points standings, graded stakes earnings, and Derby future wagering odds. Group A consists of 14 horses, Group B 26, and Group C the remaining several hundred Triple Crown-nominated horses.
Players will choose for their stable:
- 3 Group A horses
- 4 Group B horses
- 5 Group C horses
The groups are available in this Google doc. You must select and post your stable by this Saturday, February 21, by 12:00 PM CST.
After the Sunland Park Derby on March 22, the horses will be divided into two groups (D & E, again grouped by performance criteria above) and stables will be able to add:
- 1 Group D horse
- 1 Group E horse
Round 2 of the contest will begin with the UAE Derby on March 28; supplemental horses must be selected by 6:00 PM CDT Friday, March 27. Points earned by Group D and E horses in Round 1 will not count toward the players’ total
The contest will conclude with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2. The winning stable will have the most accumulated points. In the unlikely event of a tie, ties will be broken as follows:
- Highest # of Derby Starters in your stable
- Highest # of Points at the end of Round 1
A reminder post will go up the week before Round 2 begins.
We hope that you’ll join us again this year…and don’t forget to post the names of your horses in the comments section by noon this Saturday!
If you’re interested in contributing, please leave the amount in the comments or e-mail me at Teresa@brooklynbackstretch.com.
Good luck, have fun, and let’s do some good for the racing community.