RTTR: Road to the Roses

Last week, we welcomed you to the world of fantasy racing with an introduction to Road to the Roses.  Thanks to all who have signed up and joined our Eventing Nation league.  Currently, 17 stables are entered, so it’s shaping up to be a competitive division!  There’s still plenty of time to sign up if you want to share in the fun.  And remember, you can create 3 different stables with one account, so you don’t have to have all your eggs in one basket. 

This weekend (Saturday, 2/20) is the first scoring race day, and it’s a big one.  It includes the Hutcheson Stakes, Fountain of Youth Stakes, El Camino Real Derby, Risen Star Stakes, and Turf Paradise Derby.  Be sure to check the entries and look for any of your horses– remember to select them as “power picks” by 12:00pm Saturday to be eligible for double points.  

Good luck to all participants tomorrow!  If you haven’t signed up yet, please do!  Join before noon tomorrow to get in on these first races.  But even if you miss out on tomorrow, there are still plenty of scoring opportunities left as we march toward May.  The final day to join is 4/24.

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From the Thoroughbred Times here are some top contenders that are running tomorrow:

Aikenite, trained by Todd Pletcher, entered in the Fountain of Youth.
Buddy’s Saint, trained by Bruce Levine, entered in the Fountain of Youth.
D’Funnybone, trained by Rick Dutrow, entered in the Hutcheson.
Discreetly Mine, trained by Todd Pletcher, entered in the Risen Star.
Drosselmeyer, trained by Bill Mott, entered in the Risen Star.
Eskendereya, trained by Todd Pletcher, entered in the Fountain of Youth.
Hotep, trained by Mark Frostad, entered in the Risen Star.
Jackson Bend, trained by Nick Zito, entered in the Fountain of Youth.
Ron the Geek
, trained by Tom Amoss, in the Risen Star.
William’s Kitten, trained by Michael Maker, entered in the Fountain of Youth.

Also to note: other good horses, like Conveyance, Dublin, and Pleasant Storm, are running in the re-scheduled Southwest Stakes (G3) on Saturday.  The race was postponed from Monday February 15, after the Oaklawn (Arkansas) track was frozen.  I’m sure many of us can relate to that…!  Since the race was originally planned before this weekend, it is not a RTTR scoring race.  However, keep an eye out on those horses as they will appear later on down the Derby trail.

Lentenor, Barbaro’s 3-year-old brother, is also questionable for the Derby trail.  He ran in a grass allowance race yesterday, finishing second by a length.  Michael Matz is not sure when the horse will run next, but it is possible he will pop up in a later Derby prep.   

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