Kicking Off Kentucky Derby Charity League 2020

YEAR TWELVE! TWELVE!

When we launched this in 2009, we were able to donate several hundred years to a racing charity.

Last year? More than $2,700. Since that first contest, nearly $13,300.

That’s a lot of money to benefit the horses and humans that make this sport possible, and you don’t have to be an ace handicapper to have a shot at some of the prize money.

Last year’s winner and recipients

Winner:          Kristen Jones, who chose Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue and Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program

Runner-up:      Robert Marks, who chose Backstretch Employee Service Team

Third-place:    Bryan Langlois, who chose PA Racehorse Rehoming, Rehabilitation, & Rescue

In past years, recipients have included, 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, Second Stride, 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 is 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 15, by 12:00 PM ET.

After the Rebel Stakes on March 14, 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 21; 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 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

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.

 

45 thoughts on “Kicking Off Kentucky Derby Charity League 2020

  1. Count me in for $30. Here are my stables…thanks for running the league again!

    Group A:
    Tiz the Law
    Anneau d’Or
    Thousand Words

    Group B:
    Ajaaweed
    Dennis’ Moment
    Sole Volante
    Max Player

    Group C:
    Nadal
    Three Technique
    Mr. Monomoy
    Blackberry Wine
    Mister Candy Ride

  2. Jill Lammey $100.00

    Group A
    • Independence Hall
    • Shoplifted
    • Tiz the Law

    Group B
    • Authentic
    • Eight Rings
    • Gold Street
    • Maxfield

    Group C
    • Bourbon Street
    • Market Analysis
    • The Big Kahuna
    • Super John
    • Weekend in Court

    Thanks to you and Linda for running again. The horses also thank you.

  3. Put me down for $50

    Group A
    * Shopflited
    * Thousand Words
    * Tiz the Law

    Group B
    * Authentic
    * Dennis’ Moment
    * Max Player
    * Mayfield

    Group C
    * Fame to Famous
    * Farmington Road
    * Fore Left
    * Gouvernour Morris
    * Nadal

  4. Stu Slagle $50

    Group A
    Enforceable
    Silver State
    Tiz The Law

    Group B
    Ajaaweed
    Authentic
    Finnick the Fierce
    Maxfield

    Group C
    Basin
    Daimei Corrida
    Gouverneur Morris
    Nadal
    Structor

  5. $50. Thank you both for doing this, Teresa and Linda.

    (Group A)
    Anneau d’Or
    Enforceable
    Tiz the Law

    (Group B)
    Dennis’ Moment
    Gold Street
    Scabbard
    Sole Volante

    (Group C)
    Candy Tycoon
    Gouverneur Morris
    Mr. Monomoy
    Nadal
    Silver State

  6. Thank you for the opportunity. Please put me down for a $100 donation

    Group A
    Independence Hall
    Thousand Words
    Tiz The Law

    Group B
    Authentic
    Dennis’ Moment
    Maxfield
    Sole Volante

    Group C
    Basin
    Chance It
    Gouverneur Morris
    Honor AP
    Nasal

  7. Nick Costa

    $50 Thanks for your hard work and dedication in running the league

    My stables are:

    Group A
    Anneau d’Or
    Enforceable
    Tiz the Law

    Group B
    Ajaaweed
    Authentic
    Dennis’ Moment
    Maxfield

    Group C
    Exaulted
    Green Light Go
    Gouverneur Morris
    Honor A.P.
    Nadal

  8. I’m in for $250
    Group A
    Tiz The Law
    Thousand Words
    Enforceable

    Group B
    Maxfield
    Dennis’ Moment
    Max Player
    Authentic

    Group C
    Gouverneur Morris
    Chase Tracker
    Silver State
    Nadal
    No Parole

  9. Here are my picks — these are dartboard ready!

    A: Tiz the Law, Independence Hall, Thousand Words

    B: Dennnis’ Moment, Sole Volante, Authentic, Gold Street

    C: Azul Coast, Portos, Structor, No Parole, Silver State

  10. Count me in for $100 – Here are my stables…thanks for running the league again!

    Group A:
    Enforceable
    Tiz the Law
    Thousand Words

    Group B:
    Authentic
    Dennis’ Moment
    Sole Volante
    Max Player

    Group C:
    Nadal
    Gouvernor Morris
    No Parole
    Basin
    Honor A.P.

  11. Count me in for $50. Thanks for doing this!

    Group A
    Anneau d’Or
    Thousand Words
    Shotski

    Group B
    Authentic
    Eight Rings
    Maxfield
    Wrecking Crew

    Group C
    As Seen On TV
    Ancient Warrior
    Attachment Rate
    High Velocity
    Royal Act

  12. Group A: Tiz The Law, Independence Hall, Thousand Words.
    Group B: Authentic, Eight Rings,Gold Street, Max Player.
    Group C: Gouverneur Morris, Nadal, Honor A.P., Basin, Three Technique.
    $50.

  13. Group A:
    Anneau d’Or
    Thousand Words
    Tiz the Law

    Group B:
    Dennis’ Moment
    Gold Street
    Max Player
    Sole Volante

    Group C:
    Attachment Rate
    Blackberry Wine
    Major Fed
    Silver State
    Structor

    $100

  14. I’m in for $50
    Group A: Tiz the Law, Anneau d’Or, Independence Hall
    Group B: Max Player, Dennis’ Moment, Ajaaweed, Finnick the Fierce
    Group C: Three Technique, No Parole, Mr. Monomoy, Honor A. P., Royal Act

  15. Count me in for $25!

    3 Group A horses

    Tiz the Law
    Thousand Words
    Storm the Court

    4 Group B horses

    Dennis’ Moment
    Authentic
    Eight Rings
    Maxfield

    5 Group C horses

    High Velocity
    By Your Side
    American Butterfly
    Liam’s Lucky Charm
    Mr. Monomoy

  16. I’m in for $75. Look forward to this every year!
    Group A:
    Tiz the Law
    Anneau d’Or
    Thousand Words

    Group B:
    Maxfield
    Dennis’ Moment
    Authentic
    Gold Street

    Group C:
    Nadal
    No Parole
    Unrighteous
    Silver State
    Digital

  17. Group A

    Royal Act
    Thousand Words
    Sole Volante

    Group B

    Tiz the Law
    Three Technique
    Anneau d’Or
    Storm the Court

    Group C

    Gouverneur Morris
    Maxfield
    Authentic
    Enforceable
    Max Player

  18. REVISED

    Group A

    Anneau d’Or
    Thousand Words
    Storm the Court

    Group B

    Sole Volante
    Authentic
    Maxfield
    Max Player

    Group C

    Royal Act
    Three Technique
    Gouverneur Morris
    Blackberry Wine
    High Velocity

  19. Group A:
    Tiz the Law
    Thousand Words
    Shotski

    Group B:
    Dennis’ Moment
    Authentic
    Ajaweed
    Wrecking Crew

    Group C:
    Chance It
    Nadal
    Gouverneur Morris
    Enforceable
    Mr. Monomoy

  20. Group A: Anneau d’Or, Storm the Court, Tiz the Law
    Group B: Authentic, Dennis’ Moment, Maxfield, Sole Volante
    Group C: Alpha Sixty Six, As Seen on TV, Blackberry Wine, Governeur Morris, Silver State
    $100

  21. Pledging $75

    Group A: Tiz The Law, Independence Hall, Shotski

    Group B: Ajaaweed, Max Player, Scabbard, Dennis’ Moment

    Group C: Green Light Go, Bourbon Bay, Gouverneur Morris, Spa City, Ny Traffic

  22. Entering on behalf of an anonymous player who pledges $100:

    Storm the Court
    Thousand Words
    Enforceable

    Gold Street
    Scabbard
    Maxfield
    Finnick the Fierce

    Bourbon Bay
    Tiz Rye Time
    Telephone Talker
    Spa City
    Gouverneur Morris

  23. Group A: Tiz the Law, Shotski, Thousand Words
    Group B: Maxfield, Scabbard, Eight Rings, Max Player
    Group C: Honor A.P., Nadal, Three Technique, Monday Morning Qb, Green Light Go

  24. Group A: Storm the Court, Tiz the Law, Anneau d’Or
    Group B: Dennis’ Moment, Maxfield, Sole Volante, Scabbard
    Group C: Americanus, Ete Indien, Don Bourbon, Full Flat, Royal Act

    Thank you! And emailing with pledge in case I’ve not posted from the account I think I’m posting from… again.

  25. Pledging $50
    Group A: Enforceable, Thousand Words, Tiz the Law
    Group B: Authentic, Dennis’ Moment, Maxfield, Sole Volante
    Group C: Chapalu, Digital, Honor A.P., Mo Mosa, Nadal

  26. $100
    A
    Tiz the Law
    Anneau d’Or
    Thousand Words

    B
    Gold Street
    Sole Volante
    Scabbard
    Max Player

    C
    Basin
    Blackberry Wine
    Mr. Monomoy
    Nadal
    War Stopper

  27. Group A: Tiz The Law, Enforceable, Shoplifted
    Group B: Finnick The Fierce, Scabbard, Dennis’ Moment, Authentic
    Group C: Nadal, Gouverneur Morris, Fore left, Unrighteous, Digital

  28. $30 from me, please.

    A
    Enforceable
    Independence Hall
    Tiz The Law

    B
    Ajaaweed
    Dennis’ Moment
    Gold Street
    Sole Volante

    C
    Azul Coast
    Ete Indien
    Farmington Road
    Mr. Monomoy
    Silver State

    Thanks!
    Doug (@possumtariat)

  29. $30 from me please.

    A
    Enforceable
    Independence Hall
    Tiz The Law

    B
    Ajaaweed
    Dennis’ Moment
    Gold Street
    Sole Volante

    C
    Azul Coast
    Ete Indian
    Farmington Road
    Mr. Monomoy
    Silver State

    Sorry, if this actually a duplicate, my first attempt to post send to have vanished.
    Thanks!
    Doug (@possumtariat)

  30. I’m good for $40

    Group A:
    Enforceable
    Tiz the Law
    Anneau d’Or

    Group B:
    Dennis’ Moment
    Maxfield
    Gold Street
    Authentic

    Group C:
    Gouveneur Morris
    Fore Left
    Toledo
    Green Light Go
    Silver State

  31. Best time of year!
    Thanks for doing this.
    $50

    A: Tiz the Law
    Thousand Words
    Anneau d’Or

    B: Authentic
    Dennis’ Moment
    Gold Street
    Scabbard

    C: Basin
    Ete Indien
    Gouverner Morris
    Nadal
    Three Technique

  32. A:
    Anneau d’Or
    Enforceable
    Thousand Words
    B:
    Authentic
    Dennis’ Moment
    Eight Rings
    Sole Volante
    C:
    Ancient Warrior
    Basin
    Nadal
    Silver State
    Structor

    Pledge $50, $100 if I win

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