Kentucky Derby Charity League 2018: We’re off!

Happy 10th anniversary to the Brooklyn Backstretch Charity League.

It’s taken several forms over the year, inspired by the Saratoga Special Derby fantasy league, run by Brian Nadeau, way back in the days of yore.

Last year we raised just under $1,900 for racing charities across the country, donated by our top three finishers with the money that you donated, resulting in significant donations to Take the Lead, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy, Backstretch Employees Service Team, and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Thanks to our winner David John, runner-up Brian Bohl, and third-place finisher Najja Thompson.

Over the eight years we’ve done this, we’ve raised nearly $12,000 for racing charities; past recipients include Grayson-Jockey Club Research FoundationDays’ End Horse RescueOur MimsOld Friends at Cabin Creek, and ReRun.

Back when we started, I pledged $50 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. This year, I’ll be setting aside 10% of all donations for Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare, in honor of their work following the hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and particularly Puerto Rico.

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.

Linda Walker has generously donated her time to set up our spreadsheet, building on the work of Mike Dorr, who handled that part of the league for the last few years. 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 next Saturday, February 17, by 12:00 PM ET.

After the Rebel Stakes on March 17th, 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 Louisiana Derby and Sunland Derby on March 24; supplemental horses must be selected by noon ET Saturday, 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 5. 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? E-mail me, leave a question in the comments, find Linda and me on Twitter (@BklynBckstretch, @LindaVA3).

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

50 thoughts on “Kentucky Derby Charity League 2018: We’re off!

  1. Happy to donate!

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  2. Group A – Avery Island, Free Drop Billy and Firenze Fire
    Group B – Audible, Tiz Mischief, Hollywood Star and Seven Trumpets
    Group C – Ax Man, Curlin’s Honor, Irish Spring, Navy Armed Guard and U S Navy Flag

    Donation $100.00

    Thanks again for doing this.

  3. Group A – Bolt d’Oro, Free Drop Billy, McKinzie
    Group B – Audible, Hollywood Star, Mourinho, Tiz Mischief
    Group C – Mask, New York Central, Promises Fulfilled, Strike Power, Untamed Domain

    Donation – $50

    Happy to play.

  4. Lynne Cassimeris
    Group A – Good Magic, Solomini, Enticed
    Group B – Audible, Hollywood Star, Mourinho, Principe Guilherme
    Group C – Untamed Domain, Title Ready, Dream Baby Dream, Gotta Go, Mississippi

    Donation – $200

  5. Making my annual $50 contribution 🙂

    Group A: Good Magic, Avery Island, Firenze Fire
    Group B: Bravazo, Tiz Mischief, Principe Guilherme, Audible
    Group C: Vino Rosso, Kanthaka, Retirement Fund, Strike Power, Noble Indy

  6. count me in for $30 again this year! also, doubling down on #CurlinBabies is fun. 🙂

    Group A:
    Free Drop Billy
    Good Magic
    Solomini

    Group B:
    Audible
    Principe Guilherme
    Mourinho
    Tiz Mischief

    Group C:
    He Hate Me
    Kanthaka
    Snapper Sinclair
    Tenfold
    Vino Rosso

  7. Mike $100.00

    Group A

    Bolt d’Oro
    Enticed
    Solomini

    Group B

    Audible
    Tiz Mischief
    Lombo
    Seven Trumpets

    Group C

    Restoring Hope
    Retirement Fund
    World of Trouble
    Curlin’s Honor
    Mask

  8. Happy to be involved in this wonderful Charity league again
    Count me in for $100
    Group A: Free Drop Billy, Bolt D’Oro, Catholic Boy
    Group B: Audible; Principe Guilherme, Tiz Mischief,Combatant
    Group C: Machismo, Magnum Moon, Nero, Noble Indy, Sporting Chance

  9. Thanks for the opportunity. Privileged to part of this contest. My donation is: $50

    Group A – Good Magic – Solomini – Instilled Regard
    Group B – Principe Guilherme – Mourinho – Tiz Mischief
    Group C – Noble Indy – Vino Rosso – Copper Bullet – Sporting Chance – Zulfikhar

  10. Been looking forward to this! I’m in for a $50.00 donation.

    Group A: Good Magic, Bolt d’Oro, Instilled Regard
    Group B: Audible, Mourhino, Principe Guilherme, Seven Trumpets
    Group C: Noble Indy, Title Ready, Copper Bullet, Vino Rosso, Nero

  11. I’m in for $50, hopefully I still have some luck left over from last year:

    Group A: Instilled Regard, Good Magic, Avery Island
    Group B: Combatant, Audible, Mourhino, Lombo
    Group C: Mendelssohn, Mask, Noble Indy, Copper Bullet, Restoring Hope

  12. Donation: $60

    Group A – Avery Island; Bolt d’Oro; Catholic Boy
    Group B – Audible; Combatant; Mourinho; Principe Guilherme
    Group C – Kanthaka; Magnum Moon; Noble Indy; Quip; World of Trouble

  13. Donation: $20

    Group A – Catholic Boy, Solomini, Free Drop Billy
    Group B – Audible, Lombo, Principe Guilherme, Tiz Mischief
    Group C – Magnum Moon, Noble Indy, He Hate Me, Snapper Sinclair, Tale of Fire

  14. Group A
    Good magic
    My Boy Jack
    Bolt d’Oro

    Group B
    Mourinho
    Audible
    Principe Guilherme
    Bravazo

    Group C
    Hazit
    Copper Bullet
    My Boy Jack
    Sporting Chance
    Telekinesis

    $150

  15. Group A:
    Good Magic
    McKinzie
    Bolt d’Oro

    Group B:
    Lombo
    Ayacara
    Combatant
    Principe Guilherme

    Group C:
    Sporting Chance
    Magnum Moon
    Kanthaka
    Supreme Aura
    Title Ready

    $100

  16. $100

    A Bolt d’Oro, Good Magic, Instilled Regard
    B Maurinho, Audible, Principe Guilherme, Tiz Mischief
    C Sporting Chance, Telekinesis, Ax Man, Lone Sailor, Copper Bullet

    Thanks for all the effort in putting on a fun contest for good causes.

  17. Teresa Genaro

    Donation $75

    Firenze Fire
    Enticed
    Avery Island

    Audible
    Tiz Mischief
    Hollywood Star
    Combatant

    Bal Harbour
    Sporting Chance
    Quip
    New York Central
    Strike Power

  18. Put me in for $50 bucks as well. Here are my picks:

    Group A: Instilled Regard
    Bolt D’Oro
    Good Magic

    Group B: Mourhino
    Principle Guilherme
    Bravazo
    Audible

    Group C: Personal Time
    Sporting Chance
    Magnum Moon
    Vino Rosso
    Noble Indy

  19. $40 pledge
    Group A
    Bolt d’Oro
    Free Drop Billy
    McKinzie

    Group B
    Seven Trumpets
    Principe Guilherme
    Audible

    Group C
    Givemeaminit
    Exclamation Point
    Sporting Chance
    Magnum Moon

  20. $50 pledge.
    Group A: Bolt d’Oro, Good Magic, Avery Island.
    Group B: Principe Guilherme, Audible, Mourinho, Seven Trumpets.
    Group C: Still Having Fun, Kanthaka, Magnum Moon, Untamed Domain, Maraud.

  21. $50

    A:
    McKinzie
    Instilled Regard
    Avery Island

    B:
    Mourinho
    Audible
    Combatant
    Tiz Mischief

    C:
    Marconi
    Sporting Chance
    Noble Indy
    Tenfold
    Copper Bullet

  22. $50

    A:
    McKinzie
    Solomoni
    Bolt d’Oro

    B:
    Coltandmississippi
    Audible
    Hollywood Star
    Tiz Mischief

    C:
    Mississippi
    Sporting Chance
    He Takes Charge
    AnalyzeIt
    Copper Bullet

  23. $50

    a:
    Avery Island
    Good Magic
    Solomini

    b:
    Audible
    Mourinho
    Principe Guilherme
    Tiz Mischief

    c:
    Marconi
    Mississippi
    New York Central
    Noble Indy
    Promised Fulfilled

  24. $100

    A:
    1 – Good Magic
    2 – Greyvitos
    3 – Instilled Regard

    B:
    1 – Audible
    2 – Principe Guilherme
    3 – Ayacara
    4 – Lombo

    C:
    1 – Kanthaka
    2 – Noble Indy
    3 – Vino Rosso
    4 – Untamed Domain
    5 – Bal Harbour

  25. Posted on behalf of Julie Wright, who’s having tech problems with the site:

    Group A
    Free drop Billy
    McKinzie
    Firenze Fire

    B
    Lombo
    Hollywood Star
    Seven Trumpets
    Ayacara

    C
    Peppered
    Quip
    Untamed Domain
    Regulate
    Shivermetimbers

    Put me down for $30

  26. Group A: McKinzie, Good Magic, Free Drop Billy
    Group B: Audible, Mourinho, Principe Guilherme, Lombo
    Group C: Copper Bullet, Mississippi, Noble Indy, Impact Player, Tenfold

  27. (Mike MacAdam)

    A
    Bolt d’Oro, Solomini, Instilled Regard
    B
    Audible, Combatant, Principe Guilherme, Bravazo
    C
    Copper Bullet, Magnum Moon, Kanthaka, Ax Man, Mask

    Pledge $100

    Good luck, all!

  28. Group A: McKinzie, Good Magic, Avery Island
    Group B: Hollywood Star, Mourinho, Principe Guilherme, Combatant
    Group C: Analyze It, Magnum Moon, Snapper Sinclair, World of Trouble, Title Ready
    Donation: $100

  29. Anonymous Donor $100
    Group A – Firenze Fire, Avert Island, Enticed
    Group B – Audible, Tiz Mischief, Principe Guilherme, Combatant
    Group C – Strike Power, Sporting Chance, Quip, Vino Rosso, Noble Indy

  30. Dave J – $100
    A: Bolt d’Oro, Good Magic, Solomini
    B: Combatant, Mourinho, Principe Guilherme, Tiz Mischief
    C: Retirement Fund, Soul Beam, Untamed Domain, Magnum Moon, Vino Rosso

  31. Posting for Mary Kaye Vavasour:

    A: McKinzie, Bolt dOro, Avery Island,;
    B: Mourhino, Lombo, Audible, Tiz Mischief;
    C: Strike Power, Maraud, Kanthaka, Kris Rocket Kat, Hazit

    12:45 edit: replacing Seabhac with Strike Power

  32. $100
    A:
    Good Magic
    McKinzie
    Solomini
    B:
    Audible
    Combatant
    Príncipe Guilherme
    Tiz Mischief
    C:
    Faversham
    Kanthaka
    Magnum Moon
    Snapper Sinclair
    Vino Rosso

  33. A. Avery Island, Firenze Fire, Solomini
    B. Mourinho, Hollywood Star, Lombo, Audible
    C. Gleason, Irish Spring, Tap Rap Strike, Times Square, Kris’ Rocket Kat

    $50

  34. A. Catholic Boy, Avery Island, Bolt d’Oro
    B. Audible, Cambatant, Hollywood Star, Seven Trumpets
    C. Machismo, Mask, Sporting Chance, Wonder Gadot, Dak Attack

    $40

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