Will I Win my Road to the Roses Fantasy League?

I must admit that I have had a great deal of fun in the Road to the Roses Fantasy league this year. With only 10 days to go until the Derby I am sitting in second place in my league a mere 4 points behind the renowned TwinSpires.com handicapper Ed DeRosa (@EJXD2).
 
No doubt that my biggest blunder was leaving Hansen out of my original stable. That was a decision made due to my stubbornness. If I had only known that the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile would turn into the greatest key race in the history of handicapping maybe then I would have included him.  As I stood in the winner’s circle at Aqueduct after the Gotham Stakes recording Dr. Hansen’s post race celebratory comments I knew I had messed up big time. I did add Hansen in the first supplemental draft. 
 
My best decision came last weekend when I decided to add the two horses that were allowed in the second supplemental draft. I sat 34 points behind the leader before the Jerome Stakes (G2) and the Lexington Stakes (G3). Figuring that I needed to make a move in these two races and that there were no other horses that I really wanted to add for the Derby, I selected The Lumber Guy and Stirred Up. Those two finished first and third in the Jerome, and with power horse designation and higher points for the grade two race, they earned me 30 points.
 
The AndyScoggin Stable will head in to the Derby with 9 or 10 horses making the field of 20.  In addition my jockey choices of Javier Castellano and Julien Leparoux are in the field as are both of my trainers, Todd Pletcher and Michael Matz. The Derby obviously offers the most points so a strong showing could win the league for me. Check out the chart of my stable and let me know which horses that you think I should designate as power horses. The names that are in color have earned their way into the field.  
Meet Matt Shifman



Matt Shifman has been on the Horse Racing Nation staff since 2011 and currently is a Senior Writer. Matt covers Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, and Saratoga in his two HRN blogs, Racing at the Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing

Matt has been a co-host of the popular weekly video show HorseCenter for many years.

Since 2012, Matt has been a voter in the NTRA weekly polls for the Top Thoroughbred and Top Three-Year-Old.

Matt is also a partner in the New York Hot List handicapping service @NYHotList where he handicaps the races on the NYRA circuit everyday. The Hot List picks are available at several ADW sites around the country.



You may also know Matt by his Twitter, Facebook, and HRN screen nameAndyScoggin.

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