The 2010 “Road to the Roses” Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge, a free online contest that allows racing fans to manage a stable of contenders during the three-month buildup to the historic Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is now open for registration. Located at www.RoadToTheRoses.com, the game’s grand prize winner will receive a VIP trip for two to the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2011.
“Road to the Roses” players earn points based on how well their fantasy stable performs in a series of Kentucky Derby prep races, beginning with the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) from Tampa Bay Downs and Robert B. Lewis (gr. II) from Santa Anita on Feb. 13, and continuing through the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 1. Players create up to three fantasy stables by selecting 10 horses from the complete list of Triple Crown nominees, as well as two trainers and two jockeys.
Unlike years past, all horses in the stable will remain active and eligible to earn points throughout the duration of the game. However, participants will be able to designate five “power” horses which will earn double points in they finish first, second, or third in prep races. Players may change their designated “power” horses to maximize scoring opportunities as many times as they wish, except on scoring race days. Stables will also have a chance to add five additional Triple Crown nominated horses later in the season during a supplemental draft period.
The player who earns the most points at the end of the game will receive a VIP trip for two to the 2011 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), including airfare and accommodations, a private backstretch tour, a trip to the paddock on Kentucky Derby Day, a $1,000 betting voucher, rare gold-leafed Kentucky Derby mint julep glasses, and official Kentucky Derby print. Also, a $300 Kentucky Derby wagering voucher will be given away weekly to the player who earns the most points in each individual weekend of prep races.
Among the game’s new features in 2010 is a partnership with BRISNet.com to present “Kentucky Derby Trail” live chats every Friday between 7-9 p.m. EST. Moderated by five-time National Handicapping Championship qualifier Tim Holland, the question and answer chats will devote two hours each week to discussing promising Kentucky Derby prospects.
Also, the “Road to the Roses” Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge will feature updates every Friday morning from “Video Commissioners” with valuable information and advice about that weekend’s Kentucky Derby prep races. Players can also interact with each other and receive weekly game updates using the “Road to the Roses” Facebook page at Facebook.com/RoadToTheRoses.
For more information, official rules and a complete list of prizes, visit the Web site RoadToTheRoses.com.