You see that? It’s the look of a man who knows the winners before the race. Some people say that after a victory you should act like you’ve been there before. Obviously, those people are losers.
Just before Tiger slid into a green jacket to retake his crown atop the world of golf, Omaha Beach fought through the slop to win the Arkansas Derby, and more importantly, give me the title, “Best Derby Prep Race Handicapper Ever.” Most would typically only use Tiger Woods and Nick Roush’s name in the same sentence to describe male pattern baldness, but not anymore.
Over the last three months, I spent $10 imaginary dollars on each of the 22 Derby Prep Races. Nine wins later, 58 others must bow to me, their Derby Prep Race Picking King.
Now that I’ve finished my boasting (just on this blog; believe me, my friends are going to be hearing about this for at least a year), here’s where each horse stands after the 22-race circuit.
The inaugural year of our homemade fantasy league was also the first year I’ve completely kept up with every single prep races. The points system adds some juice to Derby season and can turn a casual fan into a crazy person (see: me). It also has given me a good idea where the ponies stand before the fastest two minutes in sports. These three will certainly be in my five-horse trifecta:
1. Tacitus — Don’t fact-check me, but I believe since they instituted the points system the leader has won every single Kentucky Derby. Regardless of playing favorites, it’s a Tapit with an extra gear down the stretch who might have the best W of the season with the victory in the Wood.
2. Long Range Toddy — I was actually pumped LRT lost in the slop this weekend. Now the closer that took down Improbable will be somewhere around 20-1. Give me all of that.
3. Omaha Beach — Just when you thought he couldn’t get any better, Omaha Beach was absolutely incredible in the Arkansas Derby. I’ll be shocked if he isn’t the ML favorite.
Thanks for letting me brag and an even bigger thanks to Harvey Wallbanger. I would not be here if it wasn’t for the Holly Bull.
18 days till Derby.