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Place a FREE bet of $10,000 on your favorite Kentucky Derby horse!

With the Kentucky Derby Dream Bet you get the opportunity to place a $10,000 Win bet on a single horse. In addition to the free Derby bet, you could win a trip to the 2017 Kentucky Derby itself.

The Kentucky Derby Dream bet is rooted in excitement and tradition. The popular contest returns in 2017 with a chance to not only win a free $10,000 Win bet on the Kentucky Derby, but additional prizes that combine to a total value of $25,000, which includes a trip for two to the first Saturday in May.

Just ask past winners Glen Fullerton, David Flores and David Hoyt about their experiences placing a big Kentucky Derby free bet.

Glen Fullerton of Houston, Texas won the contest with Super Saver in 2010. Fullerton emphasizes, “Participating in the Derby Dream Bet experience will forever be one of my greatest life experiences.”

Chicago, Illinois native David Flores made an intelligent bet on Mucho Macho Man, who ran third in the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Flores explained that he enjoyed the experience, especially the VIP treatment during the trip for two to the Derby, though missing the free bet.

David Hoyt won the Kentucky Derby Dream Bet contest in 2016. More of a self described racing fan than hardcore handicapper, David shares his experiences of that moment with us. He also didn’t shy away for explaining his participation in the 2017 competition.

“I’ve made the finals (for this year’s Kentucky Derby Dream Bet). It’s not too hard to make the finals,” David admitted. “I will be playing in this every year that (TwinSpires has) it from now on…We’ll just see how it goes. Why not go back I say.”

The contest to qualify for the free bet lasts two rounds with a qualifying round Feb. 4 through March 26 and a final round April 1 through April 15. To progress past the qualifying round and arrive in the final round, cash a $5 WIN bet on a single horse in any of the 16 Road to the Kentucky Derby races found at the Opt-in link below. Just one win will get you into the final, but the more qualifying wins you rack up, the more you increase the chances of winning the contest.  

Players can also compete for Kentucky Derby and Oaks tickets, and Kentucky Derby merchandise by cashing the most winning contest wagers as they can during the Qualifying Round.

The final round becomes more challenging for the horse players. Participation requires a $5 Win/Place (combination) bet on a single horse in at least four of seven final round races. The highest gross winnings from all final round bets by a player, wins a Kentucky Derby weekend for two and the right to direct Churchill Downs Incorporated or affiliate to place a free $10,000 Win bet on the Kentucky Derby.

Opt-in for your chance to place the free bet of $10,000 here.

Use these Kentucky Derby prep race winners to help formulate who your best shot is for the big win bet on Derby day!

Race Venue Date Winner Points
Iroquois Churchill Downs Sep 17, 2016 Not This Time 10-4-2-1
FrontRunner Santa Anita Oct 1, 2016 Gormley 10-4-2-1
Champagne Belmont Oct 8, 2016 Practical Joke 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland Oct 8, 2016 Classic Empire 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Santa Anita Nov 5, 2016 Classic Empire 10-4-2-1
Delta Downs Jackpot Delta Downs Nov 19, 2016 Gunnevera 10-4-2-1
Remsen Aqueduct Nov 26, 2016 Mo Town 10-4-2-1
Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs Nov 26, 2016 McCraken 10-4-2-1
Cattleya Sho* Tokyo Nov 26, 2016 Monte Saint Legame (JPN) 40-16-8-4
Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos Race Course Dec 10, 2016 Mastery 10-4-2-1
Jerome Aqueduct Jan 7, 2017 El Areeb 10-4-2-1
Sham Santa Anita Park Jan 7 2017 Gormley 10-4-2-1
Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park Jan 16, 2017 Uncontested 10-4-2-1
Lecomte Fair Grounds Jan 21, 2017 Guest Suite 10-4-2-1
Withers Aqueduct Jan 28, 2017 El Areeb 10-4-2-1
Holy Bull Gulfstream Park Feb 4, 2017 Irish War Cry 10-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Feb 4, 2017 Royal Mo 10-4-2-1
Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs Feb 11, 2017 McCraken 10-4-2-1
El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate Fields Feb 18, 2017 Zakaroff 10-4-2-1
Hyacinth* Tokyo Racecourse Feb 19, 2017 Epicharis (JPN) 50-20-10-5
Southwest Oaklawn Park Feb 20, 2017 One Liner 10-4-2-1
Risen Star Fair Grounds Feb 25, 2017 Girvin 50-20-10-5
Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park Mar 4, 2017 Gunnevera 50-20-10-5
Gotham Aqueduct Mar 4, 2017 J Boys Echo 50-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs Mar 11, 2017 Tapwrit 50-20-10-5
San Felipe Santa Anita Mar 11, 2017 Mastery 50-20-10-5
Rebel Oaklawn Park Mar 18, 2017 Malagacy 50-20-10-5
UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse Mar 25, 2017 Thunder Snow (IRE) 100-40-20-10
Spiral Turfway Park Mar 25, 2017 Fast and Accurate 50-20-10-5
Sunland Derby Sunland Park Mar 26, 2017 Hence 50-20-10-5
Florida Derby Gulfstream Park Apr 1, 2017 Always Dreaming 100-40-20-10
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Apr 1, 2017 Girvin 100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial Aqueduct Apr 8, 2017 Irish War Cry 100-40-20-10
Blue Grass Keeneland Apr 8, 2017 Irap 100-40-20-10
Santa Anitay Derby Santa Anita Apr 8, 2017 Gormley 100-40-20-10
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Apr 15, 2017   100-40-20-10
Lexington Keeneland Apr 15, 2017   10-4-2-1

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Kentucky Derby Betting Championship

If you are looking for additional action to complement the Kentucky Derby Dream Bet challenge, why not try the Kentucky Derby Betting Championship? The 2017 rendition of the KDBC features the country’s biggest live bankroll at an estimated $300,000 prize pool, based on 75 entries. Find out more about the KDBC at

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