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Bet The Preps

Place a $20 Show bet on 19 prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby

Top the Leaderboard

Rack up the most winning Show bets for a chance to win Kentucky Derby tickets & merchandise

Bet The Derby

Cash a $20 Show bet on the KY Derby for a share of $10,000. Hit all 20 races & win up to $1,000,000*

Race Schedule

OFFICIAL RACE SCHEDULE

The official order of contest races is listed below. Every effort has been made using the previous year's information to ensure the most accurate listing of races.

PREP ROUND - 19 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SERIES RACES  

Race # Day and Date Track Race (click for FREE PPs)  Contest Bet
1 Saturday, February 8 Santa Anita $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
2 Saturday, February 15 Golden Gate Fields $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3)  $20 Show
3 Monday, February 17 Oaklawn Park $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3)  $20 Show
4 Saturday, February 22 Gulfstream Park $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
5 Saturday, February 22 Fair Grounds $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
6 Saturday, March 1 Aqueduct $500,000 Gotham Stakes (G3)  $20 Show
7 Saturday, March 8 Tampa Bay Downs $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2)  $20 Show
8 Saturday, March 8 Santa Anita $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
9 Saturday, March 15 Oaklawn Park $600.000 Rebel Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
10 Saturday, March 22 Turfway Park $500,000 Spiral Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
11 Sunday, March 23 Sunland Park $800,000 Sunland Derby (G2)  $20 Show
12 Saturday, March 29 Meydan, Dubai $1,000,000 UAE Derby (G2)  $20 Place*
13 Saturday, March 29 Gulfstream Park $1,000,000 Florida Derby (G1)  $20 Show
14 Saturday, March 29 Fair Grounds $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (G2)  $20 Show
15 Saturday, April 5 Aqueduct $1,000,000 Wood Memorial (G1)  $20 Show
16 Saturday, April 5 Santa Anita $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1)  $20 Show
17 Saturday, April 12 Keeneland $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G1)  $20 Show
18 Saturday, April 12 Oaklawn Park $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (G1)  $20 Show
19 Saturday, April 19 Keeneland $500,000 Lexington Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
         

*Show wagering is not available on the UAE Derby. Since Place wagers pay to the top 3 finishers in all Dubai races, $20 to Place will be the official contest wager for the UAE Derby only. 

FINAL ROUND - THE KENTUCKY DERBY

Race # Day and Date Track Race  Contest Bet
20 Saturday, May 3 Churchill Downs $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby (G1) $20 Show
         
Leaderboard

LEADERBOARD

Check the Leaderboard to track your progress during PREP ROUND  PLAY, in which players compete for 2015 Derby and Oaks tickets and Kentucky Derby merchandise. PREP ROUND PLAY begins with a $20 Show bet on the Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on February 8 and ends with the Coolemore Lexington Stakes on April 19. The Kentucky Derby will not be counted in the Leaderboard standings.

The Leaderboard will be updated every Monday leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Players will be ranked by winning contest wagers placed and then total winnings from all contest wagers. The Top 20 finishers will earn the prizes listed below.

The Top 20 Players as of March 29, after the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, are listed below.


Rank Player Last 3 of Acct. # Winning Bets Total Winnings
1 JOE C 596 16 $533.00
2 RONALD C 428 15 $501.00
3 ERIC M 014 15 $475.00
4 MICHAEL K 620 15 $470.00
5 GABRIEL C 776 15 $439.00
6 WILLIAM C 045 14 $513.00
7 GEORGE C 758 14 $482.00
8 GEORGE Y 224 14 $477.00
9 JOHN E 632 14 $477.00
10 ROBERT M 173 14 $473.00
11 SARAH G 137 14 $464.00
12 JOHN S 151 14 $462.00
13 DAN G 948 14 $462.00
14 MATTHEW C 270 14 $449.00
15 GLORIA R 773 14 $440.00
16 SARAH M 404 14 $434.00
17 SCOTT G 948 14 $432.00
18 JOSEPH J 942 14 $432.00
19 JOHN R 205 14 $430.00
20 tie MARY T 506 14 $429.00
20 tie MARK T 284 14 $429.00
20 tie WILLIAM H 238 14 $429.00
23 - 40 18 More Players with 14 ---
41 - Up All Other Players with 13 or less ---
         
How to Play

SUMMARY

In the "Road to the Kentucky Derby Showdown" contest, TwinSpires.com players can compete for a $1,000,000 Jackpot while also competing for Kentucky Derby merchandise, tickets and shares of a $10,000 prize. The contest begins February 8 and concludes with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Players compete in the contest by placing a designated contest wager on the official contest races. For the purposes of contest play, a designated contest wager is defined as a player’s first $20 Show wager on a single horse or entry on an official contest race. In the event a player's first $20 Show wager is placed on a horse that is scratched, s/he may place another $20 Show wager and it will count in the contest. Refer to the Official Contest Race Schedule for a list of official contest races.
 

PREP ROUND PLAY - COMPETE FOR KENTUCKY DERBY TICKETS AND MERCHANDISE

There are two separate rounds of play in Road to the Kentucky Derby Showdown, PREP ROUND PLAY and FINAL ROUND PLAY. Each round offers a different set of prizes. In PREP ROUND PLAY, the objective is to cash a winning contest wager in as many of the 19 official contest races as possible.

PREP ROUND PLAY consists of 19 designated Road to the Kentucky Derby Series races, starting on February 8 and ending on April 19. See the Official Race Schedule for contest races. Follow the instructions below to participate in the contest. Failure to follow the instructions may result in disqualification from winning a prize.

HOW TO PLAY

1) The contest begins with a $20 Show bet on the Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, February 8.

2) PREP ROUND PLAY, in which players compete for Kentucky Derby and Oaks Tickets and Kentucky Derby merchandise, consists of 19 races and ends with a $20 Show bet on the Coolemore Lexington Stakes on Saturday, April 19. 

3) Players may participate in Prep Round Play by placing a $20 Show wager on one (1) horse or entry on the 19 official contest races (see race schedule for details).

4) Only a player's first $20 Show wager will count as his or her official contest wager.

5) Wagers using multiple horses/betting interests are not eligible for contest play - no exceptions will be made.

6) Wagers using Coupled Entries, such as (1/1A) are permitted.

7) Combination Win/Place/Show, Win/Show or Place/Show wagers are not eligible for contest play – no exceptions will be made.

8) For the 12th race of the contest only - the UAE Derby at Meydan, Dubai - $20 Place will be the official contest wager.

9) SCRATCHES MUST BE RE-BET: Wagers on scratched horses will not count in the contest. There will be no favorite replacements for scratched horses. In the event a player's first $20 Show wager on a designated contest race is refunded due to a scratch, s/he may place another $20 Show wager in the same race and it will count as his or her official contest wager.

Each time you cash a winning contest wager, you increase your chances of winning one of the 20 Prep Round Prizes. Check the Leaderboard each week to see who is in the running to win a prize.


PREP ROUND PRIZES

PREP ROUND PLAY ends with the running of the Coolemore Lexington Stakes on April 19. At the end of PREP ROUND PLAY, the 20 players with the most winning contest wagers will earn the following prizes:

  • 1st place: A pair of tickets to the 2015 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.
  • 2nd – 10th place: An official Kentucky Derby Polo Shirt.
  • 11th  – 20th place: An official Kentucky Derby Hat.


Tiebreaker rules: If there is a tie in any position on the Leaderboard, the order of finish will be determined by the player whose winning contest wagers returned the highest cumulative winnings. If a tie still remains, the higher position will be awarded to the player who selected the most first place finishers from his or her winning contest wagers. If a tie still remains the higher position will be awarded to the player who selected the most second place finishers from his or her losing contest wagers. If a tie still remains, TwinSpires.com will select an alternative method of breaking the tie.

In the event a player(s) completes PREP ROUND PLAY with a perfect 19 winning contest wagers, he or she will be eligible to compete for the $1,000,000 Jackpot Prize in FINAL ROUND PLAY.


FINAL ROUND PLAY - COMPETE FOR ONE OR MORE SHARES OF $10,000 IN CASH PRIZES

Players who have placed at least one (1) winning contest wager in PREP ROUND PLAY are eligible to participate in FINAL ROUND PLAY. The objective of FINAL ROUND PLAY is to simply cash winning contest wager ($20 Show) on the Kentucky Derby, on Saturday, May 3. The same conditions on contest wagering described in PREP ROUND PLAY also apply to FINAL ROUND PLAY.

If a Player places a winning $20 Show bet on a single horse or entry on the Kentucky Derby, he or she will earn as many shares of the $10,000 cash prize as winning contest wagers he or she placed in PREP ROUND PLAY.

After the Kentucky Derby is declared official, the single share value will by calculated by dividing $10,000 by all outstanding shares earned by each FINAL ROUND winner. The amount a player wins will equal the single share value multiplied by how many winning contest wagers he or she placed in PREP ROUND PLAY. The single share value will depend largely upon which horses finish third or better in the Kentucky Derby, how many players place winning contest wagers on the Kentucky Derby and how many winning contest wagers the FIINAL ROUND winners placed during PREP ROUND PLAY.

Players may earn from 1 to 18 shares of the $10,000 cash prize. In the event there is a $1,000,000 Jackpot winner or winners, the 19 winning contest wagers attributed to each Jackpot winner in PREP ROUND PLAY will be removed from the calculation of the single share value.


HOW TO WIN THE $1 MILLION JACKPOT PRIZE*

Any player or players who complete PREP ROUND PLAY with 19 winning contest wagers and place a winning contest wager in FINAL ROUND PLAY (20 winning contest wagers total) will be eligible to win or split the $1,000,000 Jackpot Prize with all other players who have recorded 20 winning contest wagers.  

*$1,000,000 Jackpot Prize will be paid in the form of a 40-year annuity or a cash option equivalent.

In the event contest wagering is not available in at least 18 of 20 official contest races, the $1,000,000 Jackpot prize will not be awarded.
 

OFFICIAL CONTEST RACE SCHEDULE

PREP ROUND PLAY - THE ROAD TO THE DERBY CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (17 RACES)

1. Saturday, February 8 Santa Anita $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
2. Saturday, February 15 Golden Gate Fields $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3)  $20 Show
3. Monday, February 17 Oaklawn Park $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3)  $20 Show
4. Saturday, February 22 Gulfstream Park $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
5. Saturday, February 22 Fair Grounds $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
6. Saturday, March 1 Aqueduct $500,000 Gotham Stakes (G3)  $20 Show
7. Saturday, March 8 Tampa Bay Downs $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2)  $20 Show
8. Saturday, March 8 Santa Anita $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
9. Saturday, March 15 Oaklawn Park $600.000 Rebel Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
10. Saturday, March 22 Turfway Park $500,000 Spiral Stakes (G2)  $20 Show
11. Sunday, March 23 Sunland Park $800,000 Sunland Derby (G2)  $20 Show
12. Saturday, March 29 Meydan, Dubai $1,000,000 UAE Derby (G2)  $20 Place*
13. Saturday, March 29 Gulfstream Park $1,000,000 Florida Derby (G1)  $20 Show
14. Saturday, March 29 Fair Grounds $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby (G2)  $20 Show
15. Saturday, April 5 Aqueduct $1,000,000 Wood Memorial (G1)  $20 Show
16. Saturday, April 5 Santa Anita $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1)  $20 Show
17. Saturday, April 12 Keeneland $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes (G1)  $20 Show
18. Saturday, April 12 Oaklawn Park $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (G1)  $20 Show
19. Saturday, April 19 Keeneland $200,000 Lexington Stakes (G3)  $20 Show


FINAL ROUND PLAY – THE KENTUCKY DERBY

20. Saturday, May 3 Churchill Downs $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby (G1) $20 Show


*Please note that since Show wagering is not offered on the UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, $20 to Place will be the official contest wager for the 12th race in the contest series. Place wagering on Dubai racing is identical to Show wagering in the United States, with both wagers paying to the top three finishers in a race.

**Please note that the order of races for this contest is official as listed above. Every effort has been made using the previous year’s information to ensure the most accurate listing of the order of races. The official list and order for purposes of this contest is as listed above.
 

SUBSTITUTE RACE(S)

In the event of a race cancellation, the cancellation of Show wagering or the declaration of a “no contest” in any one or two of the 20 races on the official race schedule, TwinSpires.com reserves to right to name a substitute race for the affected race(s). In the event TwinSpires elects to name a substitute race, it will substitute the Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs on April 26, 2014 for the first affected race. In the event TwinSpires elects to name a second substitute race, it will substitute the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2014 for the second affected race.

In the event contest wagering is not available in at least 18 of 20 official contest races, including the substitute races, the $1,000,000 Jackpot prize will not be awarded.
 

ELIGIBILITY

a) The TwinSpires Road to the Derby Showdown (the "Contest") is open to TwinSpires.com registered players only; legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years or older. The following states have higher age requirements: Alabama (min. age 19), Iowa (min. age 21), New Hampshire (min. age 21), Washington (min. age 21). TwinSpires.com is a free service; sign-up opportunities exist via www.twinspires.com or by calling 877-SPIRES-1.

b) Employees, agents, successors, and assignees of Sponsor, its advertising agencies and promotional companies involved in this Promotion, as well as family and household members of same, shall be ineligible to participate in the Promotion and shall be ineligible to receive any prize awarded in this Promotion.

c) Names and likenesses of Promotion winner(s) may be used by Sponsor and Sponsor's designee(s) for promotional purposes without further compensation to Churchill Downs Incorporated or the Promotion winner(s).

d) No person may enter for another person, or in another person's name. Any person, found violating any of these provisions will be disqualified and the entry submitted by said person shall be ruled ineligible for prize awards.

e) By entering, all participants and/or entrants release Churchill Downs Technology Initiatives Company and its parent company, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and their respective employees, officers, directors, agents and shareholders, from and against all claims and damages arising in connection with each entrant's participation and/or entry in this Promotion and/or their receipt or use of any prize awarded in this Promotion. This promotion is governed by U.S. law and is void where prohibited by law.
 

METHOD OF ENTRY

The contest is open to all TwinSpires.com customers who have a valid, open TwinSpires.com wagering account. Players with valid TwinSpires.com wagering accounts may automatically enter the contest at any time by placing a winning $20 Show wager on a single horse or entry in any of the Road to the Derby Championship Series prep races as outlined on the official contest race schedule. Players can earn multiple “unvested” or potential shares of the Prize if they place winning wagers on multiple races as defined by the official race schedule for the contest.
 

CONDUCT

Churchill Downs Incorporated and TwinSpires.com each reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate, and/or suspend the Contest and to disqualify any individual who tampers with the process, violates these official rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Without limiting the foregoing, Churchill Downs Incorporated and TwinSpires.com may, in its sole discretion, prevent an entrant who has been disqualified, has questionable eligibility, or is otherwise ineligible to receive a prize, from continuing to participate in the Contest.
 

GENERAL CONDITIONS

TwinSpires' decisions with respect to the potential winner and any other matters pertaining to the Promotion shall be final. The potential Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability and publicity (where permitted), and return same, properly executed, within five (5) days of issuance of prize notification. If TwinSpires is unable to contact the potential winner within five (5) days of the initial attempt to contact, if a potential winner fails to complete and return all requested forms by the specified date or if a potential winner fails to comply with any of the requirements, his/her prize will be forfeited and an alternate prize winner shall be selected. By entering the Promotion, all entrants consent to the use of their name, photograph, likeness, biography, voice and/or video for advertising and promotional purposes, including online announcements, worldwide and without limitation and without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible contest entries.

All costs, taxes, fees, and expenses associated with a prize or the acceptance and use of any element of a prize not specifically addressed above are the sole responsibility of the respective winner. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are winner's responsibility. Prizes may not be transferred or exchanged.
 

INTERNET/TECHNOLOGY PROBLEMS

If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of TwinSpires, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest, TwinSpires and its affiliates/agents reserve the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and select winners in a manner, which in the sole judgment of TwinSpires, is fair, appropriate and consistent with these Official Rules. TwinSpires and its affiliates/agents reserve the right to disqualify any individual who violates these Contest Rules or the associated rules sets referenced. Herein, if anyone tampers with the entry process or engages in any conduct detrimental to TwinSpires, the Contest or any other player (in each case as determined at TwinSpires' sole discretion), to lock out any individual whose eligibility is in question, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Contest at any time. The Released Parties assume no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries. None of the Released Parties are in any way responsible or liable for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by TwinSpires on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any associated Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading of any materials in this Contest.

NOTIFICATION

Winners will be notified by e-mail or phone and will be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and acceptance of these Official Rules and a publicity/liability release (unless prohibited by law) within ten (10) days following attempted notification. Any prize returned as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. In the event of a dispute about the identity of any player, entries made online will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the TwinSpires account submitted at time of entry. A potential winner will be required to provide proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the TwinSpires account associated with the winning entry.
 

RULES AND WINNERS' LIST

This contest is subject to these Contest Rules and any other rules set expressly referenced herein. Game players agree to abide by the terms of these Contest Rules and by the decisions of TwinSpires, which are final on all matters pertaining to this contest.

TwinSpires reserves the right to change these Contest Rules at any time, in its sole discretion. Contest rules may be obtained on the TwinSpires website.

A winners' list will be posted on the TwinSpires website no later than one week after the contest and may also be obtained by sending a SASE to the address below.
 

CONTEST SPONSOR

The sponsor of the contest is Churchill Downs Technology Initiative Co. The address for the purposes of this contest is:

Churchill Downs Technology Initiative Co.
800 West El Camino Real #400
Mountain View, CA 94040
Attn: Lucky Kalanges
 

HEADERS

The section headers contained herein are only provided for convenience purposes only and shall not be used to modify or interpret the terms of these Official Rules. To begin the Road to the Kentucky Derby Showdown, log into your account at http://www.twinspires.com. For questions about this game, e-mail  player.services@twinspires.com

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, TWINSPIRES RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK FROM ANY SUCH PERSON DAMAGES AND ANY OTHER REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO TWINSPIRES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.