By Dick Downey
Fans will be happy to learn that TwinSpires.com is offering its players an opportunity to turn $20 into a million bucks by betting the Kentucky Derby qualifying races with TwinSpires.com. But they'll be sad to hear that a release from Churchill Downs calls this contest the "official fantasy challenge for Churchill Downs" and refers to "the track's former Road to the Roses fantasy challenge."
The $1,000,000 Road to the Kentucky Derby Showdown challenges players to make a winning $20 show bet on 19 Kentucky Derby prep races included in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" point series -- and the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. If a player survives all 20 races with a winning $20 show bet, he or she will win or share the $1 million top prize.
The contest starts Saturday, Feb. 8 with the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. In order to win the $1 million top prize, players must start with this, the first contest race.
"Making TwinSpires.com your home to bet the Kentucky Derby preps and the 140th Kentucky Derby could make you a millionaire," said Jeremy Clemons, TwinSpires.com Vice President of Marketing. "The Showdown is one of our most popular promotions of the year because anyone could make as little as a $20 deposit into their TwinSpires.com account, get on a hot streak with show bets and walk away with a $1 million prize."
TwinSpires.com says it's also offering an additional $10,000 guaranteed cash prize pool and a chance to win tickets to the Kentucky Derby and Longines Kentucky Oaks.
Complete details about the $1,000,000 Road to the Kentucky Derby Showdown and official rules are available here.
The $1,000,000 Road to the Kentucky Derby Showdown is now the official fantasy challenge for Churchill Downs, replacing the very popular Road to the Roses Fantasy Challenge.
You can play the new game free if you're a past participant in Road to the Roses and become a new customer of TwinSpires.com. Sign up to become a new TwinSpires.com customer by entering the promotional code RTTR20. After a $20 deposit is made, the new customer will receive a free $20 credit to play the $1,000,000 Road to the Kentucky Derby Showdown. The $20 deposit does not have to be wagered and can be withdrawn after 72 hours.
"We are excited to offer past Road to the Roses participants an opportunity to win $1 million in the TwinSpires.com Kentucky Derby Showdown," said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "We are confident this game will provide the best gaming experience to fans of the Kentucky Derby."
Customers may open a TwinSpires account and wager through their TwinSpires accounts online at www.twinspires.com or via telephone by dialing 1-877-SPIRES-1 (1-877-774-7371). Customers may deposit funds into their TwinSpires accounts at any time via their phone, the TwinSpires website or postal mail. TwinSpires charges no fees to register, to wager, or to maintain an account, and TwinSpires offers live video streaming of races as well as free race replays and free Brisnet.com past performances to all wagering customers.