We’re off! Kentucky Derby Charity League 2017 Launches Today

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

Last year we raised more than $2,300 for racing charities across the country, and as we did in 2015, we awarded donation money to the top three finishers, resulting in significant donations to Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue and Old Friends at Cabin Creek, thanks to our winner John Perotti (runner-up in 2015, winner in 2014), runner-up Michael Slezak, and third-place finisher Bob Deering.

 

Over the eight years we’ve done this, we’ve raised nearly $10,000 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, unsolicited, followed, in impressive, generous amounts. As always, a donation is not required to play, but are 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, has set up our spreadsheet, and Linda Walker has listed all of the horses for you. We divided the Triple Crown-nominated horses into three groups based on current Derby points standings.

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, March 4, by 12:00 PM CST.

After the Rebel Stakes on March 18th, 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 25; supplemental horses must be selected by 6:00 PM CDT Friday, March 24. 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 6. 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.

52 thoughts on “We’re off! Kentucky Derby Charity League 2017 Launches Today

  1. A:
    El Areeb
    Untrapped
    McCraken
    B:
    One Liner
    Irish War Cry
    Mastery
    Petrov
    C:
    Battalion Runner
    Malagacy
    Irish Freedom
    Monaco
    Tapwrit

  2. A:
    McCraken
    Guest Suite
    Practical Joke

    B:
    Irish War Cry
    One Liner
    No Dozing
    Local Hero

    C:
    Pavelski
    Tiz A Slam
    Battle of Midway
    Red Leopard
    Souper Tapit

  3. Count me in for $30 once again. Thanks!

    Group A:
    Classic Empire
    Gormley
    McCraken

    Group B:
    Irish War Cry
    One Liner
    Mastery
    Petrov

    Group C:
    American Anthem
    Looking For Eight
    Malagacy
    O Dionysus
    Souper Tapit

  4. Group A:
    Classic Empire
    El Arreb
    Gormley

    Group B:
    Irish War Cry
    Mastery
    One Liner
    Royal Mo

    Group C:
    American Anthem
    Greatbullsoffire
    Irish Freedom
    Painter’s Rags
    Tapwrit

  5. Group A:
    Classic Empire
    El Areeb
    Practical Joke

    Group B:
    Royal Mo
    Irish War Cry
    No Dozing
    Petrov

    Group C:
    Bavaro
    Hey Mike
    No More Talk
    Tapwrit
    Ticonderoga

  6. Count me in for $100.

    A:
    McCraken
    Irish War Cry
    American Anthem

    B:
    Gormley
    Girvin
    Uncontested
    El Areeb

    C:
    Royal Mo
    Tapwrit
    Petrov
    Untrapped
    Local Hero

    • Robert, please check your picks. Group A does not include Irish War Cry or American Anthem. Group B does not include Girvin, Gormley, Uncontested or El Areeb, and Royal Mo, Petrov and Local Hero are not Group C picks. Thanks!

  7. Group A: Classic Empire, Gormley, Uncontested
    Group B: Irish War Cry, Mastery, One Liner, Royal Mo
    Group C: American Anthem, Malagacy, Tapwrit, Iliad, State of Honor

  8. Posted on behalf of Mark Hennig:

    Donation $100

    Group A

    El Areeb

    Gormley

    Practical Joke

    Group B

    One Liner

    Irish War Cry

    Mastery

    Royal Mo

    Group C

    American Anthem

    Battalion Runner

    Beasley

    Sonic Mule

    So Conflated

  9. Thanks Linda for letting me know, never even looked at the spreadsheet. -LOL
    A: Girvin, Gormley, McCraken
    B: Irish War Cry, Local Hero, Petrov, Mastery
    C: American Anthem, Tapwrit, Malagacy, Irish Freedom, Illiad

  10. Karin Brewer (First time contestant):

    A:
    Practical Joke
    El Areeb
    Gormley

    B:
    Irish War Cry
    Mastery
    One Liner
    Wild Shot

    C:
    Huracan Americo
    Iliad
    Cavil
    Perro Rojo
    Fayeq

  11. I’m in for $50.

    Group A: El Areeb, Girvin, Gormley
    Group B: Irish War Cry, One Liner, Petrov, Royal Mo
    Group C: Made You Look, Three Rules, Sonic Mule, American Anthem, Tapwrit

  12. Posted on behalf of Ernie Munick:

    El Areeb
    Gormley
    Gunnevera

    Irish War Cry
    Mastery
    One Liner
    Royal Mo

    American Anthem
    Iliad
    Battalion Runner
    Beasley
    Guest Suite

  13. Lynne Cassimeris. Count me in for $75

    Group A:
    McCraken
    El Areeb
    Gunnevera

    Group B:
    Irish War Cry
    No Dozing
    Local Hero
    Zakaroff

    Group C
    Tapwrit
    Eleutheros
    Montu
    Union Rebel
    Painter’s Rags

  14. Thanks Teresa.

    Sadly, I just read that one of the Group C horses was euthanized after a work today. Dallas Stewart’s homebred, Saint’s Fan.

  15. I’m in for $50

    A: El Areeb, McCraken, Gormley
    B: Irish War Cry, Mastery, One Liner, Local Hero
    C: American Anthem, Huracan Americo, Iliad, Tapwrit, So Conflated

  16. I’m in for $50

    Group A: El Areeb, Gunnevera, Uncontested
    Group B: Irish War Cry, Mastery, Petrov, Royal Mo
    Group C: American Anthem, Battalion Runner, Beasley, Made You Look, Tapwrit

  17. A; Girvin, McCraken, Practical Joke
    B: One Liner, Irish War Cry, Mastery, True Timber
    C: Apartfromthecrowd, Beasley, Hence, J Boys Echo, Silver Dust

    $150 and 2x if I win or come in last place

  18. $100

    A: Practical Joke, Lookin at Lee, El Areeb
    B: Irish War Cry, One Liner, Local Hero, Mastery
    C: American Anthem, Beasley, Tapwrit, Made You Look, Iliad

  19. Once again I’ll pledge $100 and if I win, I’ll double it.

    GROUP A
    Al Areeb
    Gormley
    Gunnevera

    GROUP B
    Irish War Cry
    Mastery
    One Liner
    Royal Mo

    GROUP C
    American Anthem
    Beasley
    Iliad
    Sonic Mule
    Tapwrit

    Thank you Teresa, Mike and Linda.

  20. My choices are
    El Areeb
    Guest Suite
    Gormley

    Irish War Cry
    Mastery
    One Liner
    Local Hero

    American Anthem
    Battle of Midway
    Made you Look
    Tapwrit
    True Timber

  21. Group A
    Classic Empire
    El Areeb
    McCracken

    Group B
    One Liner
    Irish War Cry
    Mastery
    Local Hero

    Group C
    American Anthem
    Battalion Runner
    Beasley
    Syndergaard
    Tapwrit

  22. $75 donation.

    El Areeb
    Practical Joke
    Gunnevera

    Irish War Cry
    True Timber
    Mo Town
    Zakaroff

    Beasley
    Three Rules
    So Conflated
    Iliad
    Gorgeous Kitten

  23. Posted on behalf of Jim Roberts:

    Group A
    Classic Empire
    El Areeb
    Gunnerevera

    Group B
    Irish War Cry
    Royal Mo
    Mo Town
    One Liner

    Group C
    Tip Tap Tapizar
    Seau
    Solo Saxophone
    Mos Mojo
    Basha

  24. A: Girvin, El Areeb, Gormley
    B: Irish War Cry, Mastery, One Liner, Petrov
    C: American Anthem, Battalion Runner, Battle of Midway, Iliad, Cloud Computing

  25. A: El Areeb, Girvin, Gormley
    B: Irish War Cry, Mastery, One Liner, Petrov
    C: American Anthem, Cloud Computing, Battalion Runner, Battle of Midway, Iliad

  26. Group A: Practical Joke, Classic Empire,Gunnervera
    Group B: Irish War Cry,True Timber, Mastery, Bonus Points
    Group C: Cloud Computing, Pat on the Back, Made you look , Apartfromthecrowd,West Coast

  27. David J – $100
    A: El Areeb, Gormley, Gunnevera
    B: Irap, Irish War Cry, Mastery, Royal Mo
    C: Action Everyday, American Anthem, Battalion Runner. Giant Payday, Iliad

  28. Group A: El Areeb, Lookin At Lee, Practical Joke
    Group B: Irish War Cry, Mastery, Petrov, Royal Mo
    Group C: American Anthem, Battalion Runner, Beasley, State of Honor, West Coast

  29. $45 Donation

    Group A: Epicharis, Gormley, Practical Joke
    Group B: One Liner, Irish War Cry, Mastery, Royal Mo
    Group C: Always Dreaming, American Anthem, Cloud Computing, Eastport, West Coast

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s