We’ve got the horse right here!
While the ‘Riders were busy winning the series three-games-to-one over against the San Antonio Missions the past few days, we here in the ‘Riders media office were frantically racing around the ballpark to uncover some important data. With the Kentucky Derby set to take place Saturday afternoon (just hours away!), we wanted to know who had the most knowledge off the equine racing elite. Which RoughRider could correctly guess the Kentucky Derby winner?
With no Kentucky natives on the roster, there is no clear-cut front-runner in this quest of bronco brain-busters. Our field of 24 men seems wide open. We of course have Ryan Rodebaugh, a Marietta, Georgia product, so he has the southern connection. That said, a little-known fact of geography reminds me that Kentucky is actually pretty far north for a southern state, and Churchill Downs, awfully close to both Indiana and Ohio. The ‘Riders have three on the roster from Ohio (Hoying, Klein and Tufts) and Strausborger hails from Indiana. None of the RoughRiders moonlight as a jockey (as far as I know), so it seems like this could be anyone’s contest.
So alas, we reveal the picks. The players were given a list of the names of the horses and were told nothing of the odds or their post position. From great research (or sheer luck), Odubel Herrera and Tyler Tufts both picked favorites. Tufts actually mentioned he knew something about his horse selection because it was Rick Pitino’s horse. Newcomer Phil Klein came away with Orb, at six-to-one (and the favorite at seven-to-two just a few days ago)–not too bad for his first week with the team. Ryan Strausborger might be the fastest player on his team, but apparently his horse might be slowest in the field, as he netted the worst odds with Falling Sky at 49-to-one.
The 2013 Frisco RoughRiders
Pick the Kentucky Derby Winner
***Post Position – Horse – Odds – RoughRiders player who selected it***
***(odds of winning as of May 3, 12:00 CT)***
#1 – Black Onyx – SCRATCH – SS Hanser Alberto & RHP Ryan Rodebaugh (Because of the scratch, we have given them Palace Malice)
#2 – Oxbow – 25:1 – UTIL Guilder Rodriguez
#3 – Revolutionary – 5:1 – 2B Odubel Herrera
#4 – Golden Soul – 31:1 – OF Chih-Hsien Chiang
#5 – Normandy Invasion – 8:1 – RHP Neil Ramirez
#6 – Mylute – 14:1 – RHP Jose Mavare
#7 – Giant Finish – 44:1 – OF / 3B Alejandro Selen
#8 – Goldencents – 5:1 – RHP Tyler Tufts
#9 – Overanalyze – 14:1 – C Tomas Telis
#10 – Palace Malice – 26:1 – 1B / C Brett Nicholas, IF Hanser Alberto & RHP Ryan Rodebaugh (not by choice, but because their horses scratched)
#11 – Lines of Battle – 42:1 – C Zach Zaneksi
#12 – Itsmyluckyday – 11:1 – RHP Randy Henry
#13 – Falling Sky -49:1 – OF Ryan Strausborger
#14 – Verrazano – 11:1 – OF Teodoro Martinez & RHP Kevin Pucetas
#15 – Charming Kitten – 32:1 – RHP Cody Buckel
#16 – Orb – 6:1 – RHP Phil Klein
#17 – Will Take Charge – 31:1 – RHP Wilmer Font
#18 – Frac Daddy – 15:1 – RHP Carlos Pimentel, LHP Jimmy Reyes and RHP Ben Rowen
#19 – Java’s War – 22:1 – RHP Roman Mendez
#20 – Vyjack – 43:1 – OF Jared Hoying
Alternate – Fear the Kitten – SCRATCH – 1B / C Brett Nicholas (given Palace Malice because of the scratch)
– Nathan (with plenty of help from Alex and Ryan on this one)
Baseball term of the day: Painting the black – a pitch on the outside edge of the plate