The fourth annual Fantasy Derby Challenge, a free handicapping contest presented by WinStar StableMates, starts Friday, Feb. 12.
The contest follows prominent 3-year-old Thoroughbreds on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and culminates after nine weeks with the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park April 16.
"We are very excited to bring back this popular contest for the fourth year in a row," said WinStar president Elliott Walden. "It is never too early to be thinking about May, and it is such a great opportunity for both casual fans and diehard enthusiasts to put their handicapping skills to the test during this exciting time of the year."
To enter the contest, participants have until noon Friday, Feb. 12 to pick a fantasy stable of 12 horses out of 47 horses offered. Contestants will earn "purse winnings" each time one of their horses runs and earns purse money. The winner is determined by the highest earnings total after the Arkansas Derby on April 16.
Among the prizes offered this year feature WinStar stallion halters, WinStar stallion apparel, complimentary WinStar StableMates memberships, and table tickets on the 4th floor of Churchill Downs' Jockey Club Suite for both Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby days.
WinStar StableMates is WinStar Farm's online, exclusive membership club that provides insider access to WinStar's total operation by means of farm cams and weekly updates. It gives horse racing fans a unique way to connect with the sport and with each other, while at the same time increasing their overall experience of the Thoroughbred racing industry.
To enter this free contest, set up a username and password, and for complete contest rules and prizes, go to WinStarStableMates.com.