Kicking Off Kentucky Derby Charity League 2019

I can’t really believe that this is the 11th year of the Brooklyn Backstretch Kentucky Derby charity league.

Who would have thought, back in the early days of this blog (when it was still an actual blog), when I piggybacked off the Saratoga Special’s Derby fantasy league, run by Brian Nadeau, that we’d still be going strong over a decade later?

Since 2009, we’ve raised approximately $13,000 for racing charities across the country; last year, our players donated $2,900, divided among the top three finishers:

Winner:            Bryan Langlois, who chose Pennsylvania Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation, and Rescue

Runner-up:      Matt Milligan, Second Stride

Third-place:    Cindy Reid, Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program

In past years, Take the Lead, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, the New York Racetrack ChaplaincyBackstretch Employees Service Team, Grayson-Jockey Club Research FoundationDays’ End Horse RescueOur MimsOld Friends at Cabin Creek, ReRun, and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

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.

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.

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. Click the tabs on the bottom to find the groups of horses, and don’t freak out if you find your own name already posted—we haven’t cleaned out the document from last year. You are NOT automatically signed up if you played last year.

Stables must be posted in the comments by Saturday, February 16, by 12:00 PM ET.

After the Rebel Stakes on March 16th, 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 on March 23; supplemental horses must be selected by noon ET that day. Points earned by Group D and E horses in Round 1 will not count toward the players’ total.

A reminder post will go up the week before Round 2 begins.

The contest will conclude with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4. 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

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 or 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.

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 several years. Chris Rossi created the document of Triple Crown nominees that made Linda’s life a lot easier. Linda also maintains the spreadsheet and generally keeps track of day-to-day operations; without her, this contest wouldn’t have been possible over the last few years.

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 “Kicking Off Kentucky Derby Charity League 2019

    • Group A:
      Game Winner
      Long Range Toddy
      Signalman

      Group B:
      Code of Honor
      Network Effect
      Plus Que Parfait
      War of Will

      Group C:
      Bourbon War
      Dull Knife
      Hidden Scroll
      Sergei Prokofiev
      Skywire

  1. Group A: Gunmetal Grey, Game Winner, Signalman
    Group B: War of Will, Not That Brady, Improbable, Code of Honor
    Group C: Alwaysmining, Instagrand, Country House, Limonite, Omaha Beach

  2. Group A: Gunmetal Gray, Tax, Mucho Gusto
    Group B: War of Will, Hog Creek Hustle, Gray Attempt
    Group C: Classy John, Bourbon War, Win Win Win, Frosted Ice, Garter and Tie

    I’d like to pledge $50!

  3. Group A:
    Game Winner
    Gun Metal Gray
    Mucho Gusto

    Group B:
    Improbable
    War of Will
    Network Effect
    Code of Honor

    Group C:
    Vekoma
    Instagrand
    Hidden Scroll
    Win Win Win
    Galilean

    I’ll donate $50

  4. I’m in!
    A-Game Winner
    Gunmetal Gray
    Mind Control
    B-War of Will
    Improbable
    Sueno
    Code of Honor
    C- Roadster
    Global Campaign
    Bourbon War
    Classy John
    Mr. Money
    $25

  5. Group A: Game Winner, Gunmetal Gray, Tax
    Group B: Code of Honor, Not That Brady, Our Braintrust, War of Will
    Group C: Bourbon War, Garter and Tie, Instagrand, Jerome avenue, Mihos

    I’m in for $50

  6. Group A: Game Winner, Gunmetal Gray, Mucho Gusto
    Group B: War of Will, Improbable, Network Effect, Gray Attempt
    Croup C: Dessman, Walking Thunder, Country House, Dream Maker, Omaha Beach

  7. Group A
    Knicks Go
    Maximus Mischief
    Tax

    Group B
    Improbable
    Our Braintrust
    Not That Brady
    Code of Honor

    Group C
    Classy John
    Frosted Ice
    Jersey Agenda
    Plug and Play
    Mr Money Bags

    $100.00
    Thanks again Teresa and Linda.

  8. A: Mind Control, Mucho Gusto, Signalman
    B: Hog Creek Hustle, Improbable, Not That Brady, War of Will
    C: Country House, Frolic More, Global Campaign, Instagrand, Vekoma

    $100

  9. i’m in for $30, and here are my horses. thanks again for running the league!

    Group A
    — Game Winner
    — Tax
    — Harvey Wallbanger

    Group B
    — War of Will
    — Improbable
    — Gray Attempt
    — Hog Creek Hustle

    Group C
    — Bourbon War
    — Country House
    — Dabo (becuase i’ve got to have an Illinois-bred somewhere!)
    — Global Campaign (because i’ve got to have a Curlin baby somewhere!)
    — Instagrand

  10. I’m in for $50
    Group A – Game Winner, Tax, Mucho Gusto
    Group B – War of Will, Plus Que Parfait, Not That Brady, Improbable
    Group C – Bourbon War, Hidden Scroll, Global Campaign, Nolo Contesto, Win Win Win

  11. Group A-Game Winner, Tax, Gunmetal Gray
    Group B-Improbable, Not That Brady, War of Will, Code of Honor
    Group C-Instagrand, Hidden Scroll, Vekoma, Country House, Frolic More
    $100

  12. Group A – Game Winner, Mucho Gusto, Signalman
    Group B – War of Will, Not That Brady, Improbable, Network Effect
    Group C – Global Campaign, Hidden Scroll, Nolo Contesto, Omaha Beach, Win Win Win

    I pledge $60

  13. Posting on behalf of Tracy Levitz, who’s having WordPress probs.

    Signalman
    Tax
    Harvey Wallbanger

    Plus Que Parfait
    Gray Attempt
    Sueno
    Code of Honor

    Tacitus
    Twelfth Labour
    Vekoma
    Town Bee
    Mihos

  14. Posting on behalf of a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, and who insanely left it to Linda and me to choose a stable:

    Tax, Maximus Mischief, Game Winner

    War of Will, Plus Que Parfait, Improbable, Network Effect

    Bourbon War, Vekoma, Hidden Scroll, Global Campaign, Nitrous

  15. I’m in for $50.
    Group A: Game Winner, Mucho Gusto, Signalman.
    Group B: War Of Will, Code Of Honor, Network Effect, Plus Que Parfait.
    Group C: Alwaysmining, Global Campaign, Hidden Scroll, Mihos, Win Win Win.

  16. I’m in for $100
    Group A: Game Winner, Maximus Mischief, Mind Control
    Group B: War of Will, Network Effect, Not That Brady, Improbable
    Group C:Global Campaign, Instagrand, Mucho, Bourbon War, Hidden Scroll

  17. I’m in and would like to donate $50!
    Group A: Signalman, Game Winner, Mucho Gusto
    Group B: Not That Brady, War of Will, Improbable, Network Effect
    Group C: Vekoma, Hidden Scroll, Instagrand, Dream Maker, Omaha Beach

    Thank you!
    Chris O’Connor

  18. A: Game Winner, Mucho Gusto, Gunmetal Gray
    B: improbable, War of Will, Sueno, Network Effect
    C: Country House, Global Campaign, Hidden Scroll, Instagrand, Vekoma

    $25

  19. A
    Maximus Mischief
    Mind Control
    Mucho Gusto

    B
    Hog Creek Hustle
    Bankit
    Code of Honor
    Improbable

    C
    Copper King
    Cowboy Diplomacy
    Gates of Dawn
    Milhos
    Tacitus

    $100

  20. A: Game Winner, Signalman, Mind Control
    B: Improbable, War of Will, Gray Attempt, Not That Brady
    C: Country House, Global Campaign, Hidden Scroll, Instagrand, Win Win Win

    $50

  21. A / Game Winner, Mind Control, Gunmetal Gray

    B / Code of Honor, Improbable, Hog Creek Hustle, Not That Brady

    C / Mucho, Vekoma, Instagrand, Frosted Ice, Omaha Beach

    $100

  22. Group A: Game Winner, Signalman, Mucho Gusto
    Group B: Improbable, War of Will, Gray Attempt, Hog Creek Hustle
    Group C: Derma Lourve, Hidden Scroll, Instagrand, Intrepid Heart, Walking Thunder

    $40 pledge!

    (edited by Teresa at 12:31pm 2/16 to add “Heart” to “Intrepid”

  23. Pledging $100, double that if I win.

    A: Game Winner, Signalman, Mucho Gusto
    B: Improbable, War of Will, Code of Honor, Network Effect
    C: Dream Maker, Hidden Scroll, Omaha Beach, Owendale, Vekoma

    @hockeyjam2

  24. A: Game Winner, Mucho Gusto, Tax
    B: Improbably, War of Will, Code of Honor, Sueno
    C: Global Campaign, Hidden Scroll, Limonite, US Navy Cross, So Alive
    $100

  25. I pledge $50.00

    Group A: Signalman, Mucho Gusto, Game Winner
    Group B: War of Will, Improbable, Code of Honor, Plus Que Parfait
    Group C: Country House, Dessman, Hidden Scroll, Instagrand, Moretti

  26. Group A:
    Game Winner
    Gunmetal Grey
    Tax

    Group B:
    Code of Honor
    War of Will
    Hog Creek Hustle
    Improbable

    Group C:
    Hidden Scroll
    Mihos
    Country House
    Omaha Beach
    So Alive

    And I will chip in $20.

  27. Posted on behalf of Puck Bunny Stables, who is having WordPress probs. Received 11:34 am ET.

    Puck Bunny Stable is in for $50

    A: Game Winner, Mind Control, Harvey Wallbanger
    B: Improbable, Not That Brady, Code of Honor, Network Effect
    C: More Ice, Bourbon War, Epic Dreamer, Federal Case, Galilean

  28. More WordPress probs. Picked received at 11:47 am ET.

    Ed DeRosa

    Game winner
    Long range toddy
    Well defined

    Improbable
    Plus que parfait
    War of will
    Sueno

    Owendale
    Galilean
    Nitrous
    Vekoma
    Win win win

    $100

  29. Game winner
    Long range toddy
    Well defined

    Improbable
    Plus que parfait
    War of will
    Sueno

    Owendale
    Galilean
    Nitrous
    Vekoma
    Win win win

  30. A friend of mine who wishes to remain anonymous just got in touch with me and pledged $500.

    !!!!!!

    I told him that if he could get me a stable by 1:30, I’d count it, even though he was OK with just donating and not playing.

    I made the call to accept it after the deadline…if you have concerns about that, please let me know.

    Game Winner
    Well Defined
    Mind Control

    Improbable
    Network Effect
    Sueno
    Plus Que Parfait

    Colliery
    Counter Offer
    Federal Case
    Millwall
    Tone Broke

  31. Exception #2…a late stable that is accompanied by another $500 donation, this one by Patrick MacWilliams.

    Wow. People’s generosity is staggering.

    Can I be bought? Yes. But not after post time. 😜

    Again…if you find this problematic, please let me know.

    A
    Harvey Wallbanger
    Tax
    Maximus Mischief

    B
    Gray Affect
    Everfast
    Our Braintrust
    Not That Brady

    C
    Mihos
    Oncewerebrothers
    Cairo Cutie
    Admire
    Castle Casanova

  32. More WordPress probs! Julie sent her horses to me for posting

    For Julie Wright
    A
    Signalman
    Gunmetal Gray
    Well Defined

    B
    Improbable
    War of Will
    Sueno
    Our Braintrust

    C
    Hidden Scroll
    Mihos
    Sergei Prokofiev
    Somelikeithotbrown
    Country House

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