Today marks the beginning of Churchill Down’s horse racing fantasy contest called Road to the Roses. In this contest, players draft a stable of 10 three-year olds, 2 jockeys, and two trainers, all on the Kentucky Derby trail. Each fantasy stable is awarded points for wins in Derby prep races all leading up to the big one, the Kentucky Derby. Players are competing against 20,000 of their closest friends for some really nice prizes offered by Churchill Downs, including tickets to The Derby along with betting vouchers.
Probably like the Derby campaign itself, the contest is a frustrating one, as these young horses get injured, or simply don’t make it down that long and arduous road leading to the Derby. I’m reminded that out of the hundreds nominated for the Kentucky Derby, only 20 maximum can reach the starting gate.
The competition is pretty stiff and I usually finish somewhere up the track. Like the three-year old campaign, it takes a bit of talent and a lot of luck to get the prizes.
Here’s the Top Down Stables team.
Any Given Saturday
Nobiz Like Shobiz
Jockeys: Corey Nakatani and John Velazquez
Trainers: Todd Pletcher and Doug O’Neill
This weekend there are four scoring races, the Sam F. Davis from Tampa Bay Downs, the Borderland Derby from Sunland Downs, the Turf Paradise Derby from Turf Paradise, and the Southwest Stakes from Oaklawn on Monday. Any Given Saturday is the favorite in the Sam F. Davis and should do quite well. Hard Spun show also show well in the Southwest on Monday.