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.