Churchill Downs has launched its “Road to the Roses” Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge that permits players to manage a stable of horses, trainers, and jockeys leading up to the first classic at Churchill Downs.
Now in its 14th year, the contest allows participants to register up to three fantasy stables, each consisting of 15 horses nominated to the Triple Crown (up from 10 last year), two jockeys, two trainers. Points are earned in a series of designated races, beginning with the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Feb. 25 and culminating with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 5.
The grand prize winner will receive a VIP trip for two to the 139th renewals of the Derby and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) in 2013 with an estimated retail value of $5,000. The prize package includes airfare and accommodations; a private backstretch tour on Kentucky Oaks Day; trip to the paddock on Kentucky Derby Day; $500 betting voucher; $500 credit to KentuckyDerbyStore.com; limited edition gold-leafed Kentucky Derby mint julep glass; Kentucky Derby jacket; and official Kentucky Derby print.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 25 finishers, the leaders after Stage 1 (through March 19) and Stage 2 (through April 16) and weekly winners.