Launching! Kentucky Derby Charity League 2021

Didn’t we just do this? Like…a few months ago?

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in last year’s elongated (interminable?), unconventional charity league. I’m grateful to all of you who stuck it out through revised schedules and added races and a prep season that seemed like it might never end.

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

Last year? Particpants pledged just over $2,000, bringing the total of money pleddged/donated since we started this 13 years ago to $15,000. That is an incredible testament to your generosity.

So let’s do it again! Let’s raise money to benefit the horses and humans that make this sport possible–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:          Robert Marks, 2019 runner-up who chose Backstretch Employee Service Team

Runner-up:      Hot Scot Racing, who chose Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care

Third-place:    Joe Clancy, who chose New York Racetrack Chaplaincy

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. Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue and Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program

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 300-120-60-30-15, respectivly, for the top five finishers.

We divided the Triple Crown-nominated horses into three groups (select “GroupsABC” at the tab on the bottom of the page) 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 post your selections as a comment on this post.

Stables must be posted in the comments by Friday, February 26, by 12:00 PM ET.

After the Rebel Stakes on March 13, 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 20; 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 1. The winning stable will have the most accumulated points. In the unlikely event of a tie, ties will be broken as follows:

  • Highest number of Derby starters in your stable
  • Highest number 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. 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 “Launching! Kentucky Derby Charity League 2021

  1.  Teresa I don’t know if I’m doing this correctly but here goes:

    12 Barn Horses Group A Essential Quality Midnight Bourbon Jackie’s Warrior

    Group B Get Her Number Risk Taking Greatest Honour Caddo River

    Group C Alejandro Cool Rags Law Professor Perfect Munnings Shaftesbury

    I’ll give $75 to charity

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Group A
    Mandaloun
    Essential Quality
    Medina Spirit

    Group B
    Risk Taking
    Candy Man Rocket
    Greatest Honour
    Life is Good

    Group C
    Concert Tour
    Dream Shake
    Fire At Will
    Prevalence
    The Great One

  3. Thanks again for running the contest which I greatly enjoy. I forgot to mention that I will pledge $200 to the contest pool.

  4. Jill L. Group A (1) Jackie’s Warrior (2) Midnight Bourbon (3) Proxy
    Group B (1) Brooklyn Strong (2) Life Is Good (3) Risk Taking (4) Greatest Honour
    Group C (1) Whiskey Double( 2) Money Mike (3) Fire At Will (4) Joe Man Joe (5) Son of Thunder
    Donation this year $125.00

  5. Peggi L. Group A – Mandaloun, Proxy, Speilberg
    Group B – Risk Taking, Candy Man Rocket, Greatest Honour, Brooklyn Strong
    Group C – Nova Rags, Waspirant, Petruchio, Concert Tour, Hello Hot Rod

    Donation $50.00

  6. Joe Clancy.
    A: Essential Quality, Mandaloun, Proxy.
    B: Caddo River, Candy Man Rocket, Greatest Honour, Life Is Good.
    C: Annex, Dream Shake, Highly Motivated, Prate, Prevalence.

    Donation: $50.

  7. A. Mandaloun, Essential Quality , Medina Spirit

    B. Caddo River , Candy Man Rocket , Greatest Honour , Life is Good

    C. Concert Tour , Dream Shake, Fire At Will , Prevalance , The Great One

    Donation $500

  8. Robert Marks
    A:Essential Quality;Jackies Warrior;Mandaloun
    B: Greatest Honour;Hot Rod Charlie;Life is Good;Risk Takinjg
    C: Concert Tour; Freedom Fighter;Fire at Will;Prevalence;Swiftsure
    Donation: $250

  9. Tracy Levitz
    Group A
    (1) Rombauer (2) Essential Quality (3) Proxy
    Group B
    (1) Greatest Honour (2) Candy Man Rocket (3) O Besos (4) Get Her Number
    Group C
    (1) Fire At Will (2) Nova Rags (3) Speaker’s Corner (4) Tiz Tact Toe (5) By George

    I emailed Teresa with the donation. Good luck and good health, everybody.

  10. This might show up twice…
    Group A: Mandaloun, Midnight Bourbon, Keepmeinmind
    Group B: Caddo River, Risk Taking, Greatest Honour, Brooklyn Strong
    Group C: Fire At Will, Annex, Prevalence, Prate, Nova Rags

    I’ll make my annual contribution of $50 to the winners choices 🙂

  11. Group A: Essential Quality – Medina Spirit – Mandoulin
    Group B: Caddo River – Greatest Honour – Hot Rod Charlie – Life is Good
    Group C: Dynamic One – Highly Motivated – Prevalence – The Great One – Roman Centurian

    Donation: $50

  12. Grp A – Mandaloun – Essential Quality -Alain Barrows (JPN)
    Grp B – Hot Rod Charlie – Greatest Honour – Risk Taking – Caddo River
    Grp C – Prevalence – Highly Motivated – Dream Shake – Senor Buscador- Swiftsure
    $200
    thank you, Michael Beychok

  13. Posted on behalf of Lynne Cassimeris

    Group A: Medina Spirit; Proxy; Mandaloun.
    Group B: Life is Good; Greatest Honor; Caddo River; Candy Man Rocket
    Group C: Primer Factor; Overtook; Fire at Will; Concert Tour; Mutasaabeq

  14. Thanks for doing this again! I’ll pledge $30, and here are my horses:

    Group A: Medina Spirit, Essential Quality, Keepmeinmind
    Group B: Caddo River, Greatest Honour, Life Is Good, Candy Man Rocket
    Group C: Nicky the Vest, Roman Centurian, Run Classic, Known Agenda, Dream Shake

  15. Thanks so much Teresa! I’ll donate $50

    Group A
    Mandaloun
    Midnight Bourbon
    Capo Kane

    Group B
    Candy Man Rocket
    Get Her Number
    Greatest Honour
    Risk Taking

    Group C
    Concert Tour
    Exhaulted Joy
    Money Mike
    Nova Rags
    Prevalence

  16. Thanks Teresa. I hope I’m doing this correctly
    I’ll donate $50

    Group A
    Capo Kane
    Mandaloun
    Midnight Bourbon

    Group B
    Candy Man Rocket
    Get Her Number
    Greatest Honour
    Risk Taking

    Group C
    Concert Tour
    Exhaulted Joy
    Money Mike
    Nova Rags
    Prevalence

  17. Essential Quality
    Mandaloun
    Medina Spirit

    Risk Taking
    Greatest Honour
    Life is Good
    Candy Man Rocket

    Elector
    Highly Motivated
    Prevalence
    Dream Shake
    Concert Tour

    I will pledge $25 🙂

  18. Group A – Essential Quality, Proxy, Medina Spirit

    Group B – Life is Good, Greatest Honour, Risk Taking, Get Her Number

    Group C – Ghazaaly, Prevalence, Swiftsure, Nicky the Vest, Concert Tour

    $100

  19. A:
    Essential Quality,
    Keep Me in Mind
    Mandaloun
    B:
    Caddo River
    Greatest Honour
    Life is Good
    Risk Taking
    C:
    Concert Tour
    Fire at Will
    Freedom Fighter
    Highly Motivated
    Prevalance

  20. Essential Quality
    Proxy
    Medina Spirit

    Risk Taking
    Greatest Honour
    Caddo River
    Life is Good

    Concert Tour
    Freedom Fighter
    Known Agenda
    Highly Motivated
    Senor Buscador

    Thanks for keeping this going!
    $50

  21. Group A: Essential Quality, Jackie’s Warrior, Mandaloun

    Group B: Greatest Honour, Caddo River, Life Is Good, Risk Taking

    Group C: Prevalence, Concert Tour, Tarantino, The Great One, Nicky the Vest

    $75

  22. A
    Essential Quality
    Proxy
    Medina Spirit

    B
    Life is Good
    Risk Taking
    Caddo River
    Greater Honour

    C
    Beep Beep
    Fire at Will
    Lemon Pop
    Leblon
    Warrent

    $100

  23. Here we go again:

    Group A: Essential Quality, Medina Spirit, Proxy

    Group B: Greatest Honour, Life is Good, Candy Man Rocket, Caddo River

    Group C: Roman Centurian, Prevalence, Tarantino, Freedom Fighter, Concert Tour

  24. Group A: Midnight Bourbon, Rombauer, Capo Kane

    Group B: Sittin On Go, Risk Taking, Brooklyn Strong, Candyman Rocket

    Group C: One Fast Cat, Nicky The Vest, Gretzky the Great, Petruchio, The Great One

  25. Posting on behalf of an anonymous participant:

    $100 pledge

    Group A: Essential Quality, Jackie’s Warrior, Mandaloun

    Group B: Greatest Honour, Brooklyn Strong, Caddo River, Risk Taking

    Group C: Nicky The Vest, Concert Tour, Fire at Will, Swiftsure, Prevalance

  26. A:
    Medina Spirit
    Capo Kane
    Keepmeinmind

    B:
    Caddo River
    Hot Rod Charlie
    Greatest Honour
    Candy Man Rocket

    C:
    Pickin Time
    Big Thorn
    Roman Centurian
    Fire at Will
    Hidden Stash

    $100, thanks and good luck to all!

  27. I’m in for $50

    A: Essential Quality, Keepmeinmind, Jackie’s Warrior
    B: Cowan, Hot Rod Charlie, Candyman Rocket, Caddo River
    C: Outadore, Nova Rags, Mutasaabeq, Hidden Stash, Super Stock

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