We’re off! Kentucky Derby Charity League 2016 Launches Today

Twin Spires1Welcome to year eight of the Brooklyn Backstretch Kentucky Derby charity league!

We had a banner year in 2015, raising more than $3,000 for racing charities across the country. For the first time, we were able to award donation money to the top three finishers, resulting in an impressive breadth and number of organizations that received contributions.

Kay Marie Patterson, our California-based winner, chose Harmony and Hope Horse Haven (Thoroughbred Charities Charity of the Month for April 2015); Neigh Savers; Remember Me Rescue; and The Moore Foundation (which funds the care and feeding of the cats that live year-round at the Oklahoma training facility in Saratoga) as the recipients of her donations. She also donated some of her own money to the care and feeding of the Belmont backstretch cats.

Runner-up John Perotti (who won in 2014) designated Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue and the Belmont Child Care Association.

Third-place finisher Gene Kershner chose Thorofan.

Over the seven years we’ve done this, we’ve raised more than $7,000 for racing charities; past recipients include Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Days’ End Horse RescueOur MimsOld Friends at Cabin Creek, and ReRun.

Back when we started, I pledged $75 to the charity of the winner’s choice. Quickly, pledges and donations from participants followed, in impressive, generous amounts. As always, there’s no entry fee to play, but donations are very welcome, in any amount.

Every dollar donated goes straight to the charities, and information on pledging can be found below.

Here’s how it works:

Select a fantasy stable consisting of 12 Triple Crown-nominated 3-year-old horses. Horses earn points 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 Dorr, who writes about racing at Up the Track, and I have 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.

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 20, by 12:00 PM CST.

Important note: Songbird, though listed as an “A,” is not Triple Crown nominated, but partner Mike Dorr really wanted her in his stable, so we made an exception. Choose her at your peril. (Updated 11 am Saturday–and so far, he’s the only one who’s chosen her…)

After the Sunland Park Derby on March 20, 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 26; supplemental horses must be selected by 6:00 PM CDT Friday, March 25. 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 7. 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.

If you finish in the top 3, you’ll be able to choose the organization(s) to which your prize money is donated. All recipient organizations must be registered 501(C)3 charities and must support the well-being of the humans and animals in Thoroughbred racing or on the backstretch.

If you want to play, please post the names of the horses for your stable in the comments below (if you are a first-time or infrequent commenter here, your post will be held in moderation until I can approve it, which generally happens relatively quickly.)

If you want to pledge/contribute, please leave the amount in the comments or e-mail me at Teresa@brooklynbackstretch.com. We’d love to surpass the amount of money that we raised last year.

Questions? Contact Mike Dorr (mikedorr77@yahoo.com) or me, leave a question in the comments, find us on Twitter (@BklynBckstretch, @mikedorr77).

Good luck, have fun, and let’s do some good for the racing community.

74 thoughts on “We’re off! Kentucky Derby Charity League 2016 Launches Today

  1. A-

    Airoforce
    Mohaymen
    Mo Tom

    B-

    Destin
    Greenpointcrusader
    Sunny Ridge
    Tom’s Ready

    C-

    Danzing Candy
    Frank Conversation
    Gun Runner
    Matt King Coal
    That Makes Sense

    • A B C
      Nyquist Suddenbreakingnews Curlin Rules
      Mor Spirit Greenpointcrusader Donegal Moon
      Mo Tom Conquest Big E Smokey Image
      Collected Awesome Speed
      Ralis

      • Reposting
        A
        Nyquist
        Mor Spirit
        Mo Tom

        B
        Suddenbreakingnews
        Greenpointcrusader
        Conquest Big E
        Collected

        C
        Curlin Rules
        Donegal Moon
        Smokey Image
        Awesome Speed
        Ralis

  2. I’ll e-mail my donation to you directly. My horses:

    Group A

    Exaggerator
    Mohaymen
    Mor Spirit

    Group B

    Cherry Wine
    Discreetness
    Greenpointcrusader
    Toews on Ice

    Group C

    Economic Model
    Gettysburg
    Little Mo
    Tale of S’avall
    Unbridled Outlaw

  3. Thanks for doing this again. Count me in for $30.

    Group A: Exaggerator, Mohaymen, Mor Spirit
    Group B: American Dubai, Conquest Big E, Suddenbreakingnews, Tom’s Ready
    Group C: Gun Runner, It’s All Relevant, Smokey Image, Start a War, Unexplained

  4. I’m in for $50.

    Group A: Brody’s Cause, Mohaymen, Nyquist
    Group B: Cherry Wine, Greenpointcrusader, Suddenbreakingnews, Sunny Ridge
    Group C: Laoban, Awesome Speed, Awesome Banner, Smokey Image, Gettysburg

  5. Jill Lammey – Donation $100.00

    Group A
    Mohaymen
    Nyquist
    Flexibility

    Group B
    Greenpointcrusader
    Cherry Wine
    Dolphus
    Suddenbreakingnews

    Group C
    Awesome Banner
    Billy’s Kitten
    Smokey Image
    Frank Conversation
    Kelly Tough

  6. Put me down for $30

    A – Airoforce, Flexibility, Mohaymen
    B – Conquest Big E, Greeenpointcrusader, Kasseopia, Vorticity
    C – Dressed in Hermes, Gift Box, Marengo Road, Synchrony, Urban Bourbon

  7. Group A
    Mohaymen
    Nyquist
    Airoforce
    Group B
    Suddenbreakingnews
    Destin
    Conquest Big E
    Dolphus
    Group C
    Bird Song
    Admirably
    Gettysburg
    It’s the Ice
    King Kranz

  8. Put us in for $100
    A Moyhayman, Nyquist, Zulu
    B American Dubai, Dolphus, Greenpointcrusader, Whitmore
    C Candy My Boy, Memory of Winter, Mooose, Riddler, Ziconic

  9. Mohaymen
    Mor Spirit
    Brody’s Cause

    Greenpointcrusader
    Shagaf
    Sunny Ridge
    Denman’s Call

    Bistraya
    Smokey Image
    Uncle Walter
    Uncle Lino
    Gun Runner

  10. A- Mor Spirit, Mohaymen, Exaggerator
    B- Shagaf, Suddenbreakingnews, Greenpointcrusader, Denman’s Call
    C- Gun Runner, Its All Relevant, Candy My Boy, Uncle Lino, Awesome Banner

    I’ll pledge $100

  11. $100

    Group A:
    Mohaymen
    Swipe
    Exaggerator

    Group B:
    Whitmore
    Cherry Wine
    Vorticity
    Destin

    Group C:
    Doctor Mounty
    Glenn Coco (!!!)
    Southside Warrior
    Uncle Walter
    Uncle Lino

  12. Donation: $50

    A: Mo Tom, Mohaymen, Airoforce

    B: American Dubai, Greenpoint Crusader, Tom’s Ready, Vorticity

    C: Awesome Speed, Danzing Candy, Gift Box, Gettysburg, Uncle Lino

  13. I pledge $50. Here we go!

    Chris O’Connor

    A: Mohaymen, Brody’s Cause, Mor Spirit

    B: Suddenbreakingnews, American Dubai, Denman’s Call, Kasseopia

    C: Economic Model, Awesome Speed, Danzing Candy, Gun Runner, Drefong

  14. Always look forward to this…Count me in for $100 donation
    A: Mohaymen, Nyquist, Airoforce
    B: Suddenbreakingnews,Greenpointcrusader,Destin, Conquest Big E
    D: Zulu, Danzing Candy, Awesome Banner, Synchrony, Uncle Lino

  15. Donation: $50

    A: Mohaymen, Brody’s Cause, Zulu

    B: Shagaf, Whitmore, Destin, Sunny Ridge

    C: Awesome Banner, Cupid, Awesome Speed, Gun Runner, Rally Cry

  16. $50 for me Teresa.

    A: Nyquist, Mor Spirit, Mohaymen
    B: Greenpointcrusader, Whitmore, Tom’s Ready, Shagaf
    C: Awesome Banner, Danzing Candy, Gun Runner, Uncle Walter, French Getaway

    Thanks to you and Mike for all the hard work organizing!

  17. $150 pledge, with 2x if I come in first or last place.

    A: Airoforce, Exaggerator, Mohaymen
    B: American Dubai, Conquest Big E, Tom’s Ready, Suddenbreakingnews
    C: Danzing Candy, Bistraya, Gun Runner, Get Jets, Mo Power

  18. Group A: Mo Tom, Mohaymen, Mor Spirit
    Group B: Cherry Wine, Greenpointcrusader, Suddenbreakingnews, Sunny Ridge
    Group C: Danzing Candy, Awesome Speed, Frank Conversation, Gun Runner, Uncle Walter

  19. In for $50

    Group A:
    Exaggerator
    Mohaymen
    Mor Spirit

    Group B:
    Cherry Wine
    Shagaf
    Tom’s Ready
    Whitmore

    Group C:
    Awesome Speed
    Danzing Candy
    Economic Model
    Frank Conversation
    Gun Runner

  20. A: Mohaymen, Brody’s Cause, Mor Spirit

    B: GREENPOINTCRUSADER, CHERRY WINE, Shagaf, Vorticity

    C: Gift Box, Gettysburg, Danzing Candy, Smokey Image, Gun Runner

    $100

  21. A: Brody`s Cause, Airoforce, Mohaymen
    B: Shagaf, Destin, Suddenbreakingnews, Greenpointcrusader
    C. Gun Runner, Rally Cry, Awesome Speed, Awesome Banner, Lets Meet in Rio

    $50

  22. Adding stables for the folks who e-mailed them to me instead of posting here:

    Robby Boswell:
    Mo Tom
    Mohaymen
    Mor Spirit

    Suddenbreakingnews
    Sunny Ridge
    Tom’s Ready
    Whitmore

    Annual Report
    Candy My Boy
    Casigordo
    Pinnacle Peak
    Torrontes

    Mark Hennig:
    Group A: Airoforce, Mohayem, Nyquist.

    Group B: Cherry Wine, Dazzling Gem, Shagaf, Suddenbreakingnews

    Group C: Awesome Banner, Danzing Candy, Frank Conversation, Gun Runner, Uncle Walter.

    Alan Denkenson:
    Airoforce,Zulu,Mohaymen

    SuddenBreakingNews….Greenpoint Crusader, Discreetness, Toews On Ice

    Esposito, Fetisov,I will Score,Snow Fighter,Hatter

    Hank Adams:
    A Nyquist Mohaymen Airoforce
    B Greenpointcrusader Toews on ice Dolphus Whitmore
    C Billy’s kitten Gettysburg Danzing candy Prospectus Ziconic

  23. Hi Teresa,

    Count me in for $100. Looking forward to it!

    Mo Tom
    Mohaymen
    Nyquist

    Greenpointcrusader
    Shagaf
    Suddenbreakingnews
    Tom’s Ready

    Adventist
    Conquest Windycity
    Outwork
    Uncle Lino
    Vulcan’s Forge

  24. Here are stables for people who e-mailed me instead of posting here:

    Hank Adams:
    A Nyquist Mohaymen Airoforce
    B Greenpointcrusader Toews on ice Dolphus Whitmore
    C Billy’s kitten Gettysburg Danzing candy Prospectus Ziconic

    Alan Denkenson
    Airoforce,Zulu,Mohaymen

    SuddenBreakingNews….Greenpoint Crusader, Discreetness, Toews On Ice

    Esposito, Fetisov,I will Score,Snow Fighter,Hatter

    Mark Henning
    Group A: Airoforce, Mohayem, Nyquist.

    Group B: Cherry Wine, Dazzling Gem, Shagaf, Suddenbreakingnews

    Group C: Awesome Banner, Danzing Candy, Frank Conversation, Gun Runner, Uncle Walter.

    Robby Boswell
    Mo Tom
    Mohaymen
    Mor Spirit

    Suddenbreakingnews
    Sunny Ridge
    Tom’s Ready
    Whitmore

    Annual Report
    Candy My Boy
    Casigordo
    Pinnacle Peak
    Torrontes

    Good luck to all, and thank you so much for your pledges, too.

  25. A – Brody’s Cause, Mohaymen, Mor Spirit
    B – Cherry Wine, Destin, Shagaf, Greenpointcrusader
    C – Awesome Banner, Battery, Conquest Windycity, Gun Runner, That Makes Sense
    $100

  26. Let’s see if I can hit the board three years in a row. My pledge is $100, I’ll make it $200 if I win. Good luck everyone!

    Group A:
    Exaggerator
    Mohaymen
    Mor Spirit

    Group B:
    Dazzling Gem
    Greenpointcrusader
    Shagaf
    Whitmore

    Group C:
    Awesome Speed
    Danzing Candy
    Economic Model
    Gun Runner
    Uncle Walter

  27. $50
    A: Mohaymen, Mor Spirit, Exaggerator
    B: Flexibility, Kasseopia, Shagaf, Suddenbreakingnews
    C: Annals of Time, Catapult, Economic Model, It’s All Relevant, Never Gone South

  28. Thanks again, Teresa for doing this. I pledge $100, double should I win.

    A: Exaggerator, Mor Spirit, Nyquist

    B: American Dubai, Shagaf, Suddenbreakingnews, Whitmore

    C: Bistraya, Gun Runner, Matt King Coal, Smokey Image, Uncle Walter

  29. I’m in for $50

    A: Mohaymen, Mor Spirit, Airoforce

    B: Greenpointcrusader, Suddenbreakingnews, Sunny Ridge, Tom’s Ready

    C: Gettysburg, Gun Runner, Frank Conversation, Danzig Candy, Uncle Lino

  30. I’m in for $50

    A: Airoforce, Mohaymen, Mor Spirit

    B: Greenpointcrusader, Suddenbreakingnews, Sunny Ridge, Tom’s Ready

    C: Danzig Candy, Gettysburg, Frank Conversation, Uncle lino

  31. Group A:
    Brody’s Cause
    Zulu
    Nyquist

    Group B:
    Cherry Wine
    Destin
    Shagaf
    Tom’s Ready

    Group C:
    Gun Runner
    Vulcan’s Forge
    Siding Spring
    Conquest Windycity
    Forevamo

  32. Should be fun. I’ll get in for $50…

    Group A:
    Airoforce
    Mohaymen
    Mor Spirit

    Group B:
    Destin
    Suddenbreakingnews
    Toes on Ice
    Whitmore

    Group C:
    All World
    Gettysburg
    Isotherm
    Matt King Coal
    Synchrony

  33. Not sure if it posted the first time. I’m in for $50…

    Group A:
    Airoforce
    Mohaymen
    Mor Spirit

    Group B:
    Destin
    Suddenbreakingnews
    Toes on Ice
    Whitmore

    Group C:
    All World
    Gettysburg
    Isotherm
    Matt King Coal
    Synchrony

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