February 28, 2011

Road To The Roses Fantasy League

Are you riding Soldat all the way to Churchill?
Soldat, jockey Alan Garcia up, wires the field for a front-running win in the Fountain of Youth Stakes.

     Just about everyone in the Stride LIVE league for the Road to the Roses Fantasy Game had Soldat to win the Fountain of Youth. Flashpoint winning the Hutcheson? Not so much.  Many stables also had Gourmet Dinner, To Honor And Serve and Travelin Man.
     With One weeks of results, here are the Top 5 stables in Stride LIVE's league. Anyone see anything familiar? Apparently Barry Mitchell and Keith Cooper knew something the rest of us didn't.

Rank    Score    Stable Name - Player - Hometown
1               56    CMCC, Barry Mitchell, Inglewood
2               50    Zain-in-my-heart Stable, Keith Cooper, cassatt
3               48    Zain-In-My-Heart-2, Keith Cooper, cassatt
4               46    Ivargroup, Barry Mitchell, Inglewood
4               46    Professor Thoroughbred, Barry Mitchell, Inglewood

     According to several interview, Soldat's trainer Kiaran McLaughlin believes the colt is just as amenable to being on the front end as he is rating, which is good news on the Derby Trail.  Soldat earned a 96 Beyer Speed Rating for the win, down from the 102 he earned in his dirt track allowance debut in the slop. Still, the 96 is respectable.
     What's is next on the Derby Trail?  Next weekend has the Gotham Stakes and the John Battaglia Memorial as races where you can earn RTTR points. We will analyze those races later, but it looks like Stay Thirsty, Toby's Corner and maybe even Hutcheson scratch Crossbow might vie for honors.
      Who are your sleepers? From looking at the entrants in the Stride LIVE league, many have chosen the horses who occupy many of the Top Ten lists out there.  Some folks do have Fort Hughes, Wilkinson, Sweet Ducky, Albergatti and the like.  We like Crimson China, he has a chance to be a real difference maker. If you don't have him in your stable yet, you will after he wins the Spiral.
     If you have an RTTR Stable and still want to become a part of the Stride LIVE league, here is our information.

Entry link: http://www.roadtotheroses.com/G=94/game/join_league.phtml 
League Number:1313038988
Activation Code:4192170078

     To Barry and Keith, very nice job this week. Question is...will your stable be able to hold up for the entire Derby Trail?  Front runners don't exactly do well at Churchill.  Stay tuned...

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