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Play Free Handicapping Contest Offering Cash Prizes Starts 2/22/14

February 20, 2014 · By Dawn Lenert · Share

West Point Thoroughbreds is teaming up with the Paulick Report and 123Racing to bring horse racing enthusiasts a free handicapping challenge offering cash prizes on the road to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

The $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest kicks off with this Saturday’s Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park in Florida and the Risen Star at Fair Grounds in Louisiana, then continues over the next 10 weeks, culminating with the Kentucky Derby on May 3. All of the races in the Derby Dollars Contest are from the schedule of 3-year-old events that make up the official Road to the Kentucky Derby point standings. It is free to enter and open to residents of the United States and Canada.

Sign up at DerbyDollarsContest.com.

“Besides appealing to the racing enthusiasts, we think this fun contest is a way to spread the joy of Thoroughbred racing to new individuals introduced to the sport March through June every year,” said Terry Finley, President of West Point Thoroughbreds. “Having a vested interest in the derby trail playing Derby Dollars will connect people to the horses and amazing human stories told each season.”

“This is the time of year when even casual fans get excited about horse racing,” said Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick. “The Derby Dollars contest provides a free, fun way for everyone to stay connected with the sport and a chance to show off their handicapping skills and win cash prizes.”

During the Derby Dollars Contest, participants build bankrolls based on mythical “across-the-board” (win-place-show) bets on their picks in each designated race. The first eight races feature mythical $2 across-the-board wagers. Then, corresponding with the Road to the Kentucky Derby point standings (when qualifying points double, starting with the March 29 Florida Derby, UAE Derby and Louisiana Derby), participants make $4 across-the-board wagers. The final race in the Derby Dollars Contest – the Kentucky Derby – raises the stakes even higher, with a mythical $6 across-the-board wager for all participants.

The winner is determined by the highest total bankroll after the Kentucky Derby. The grand prize is $1,500 for first place, with $500 for second, $250 for third, $150 for fourth and $100 for fifth.

Play against West Point Thoroughbreds team members, (who are eligible to play but ineligible to win the prizes,) and compete against your friends and family. Hurry to sign up before the first races begin on Saturday, February 22 to maximize your chances to build your hypothetical bankroll and win.