Welcome to our annual ‚ÄúRace to the Derby‚ÄĚ Fantasy Horse Racing Contest!

Hopefully, this year things will be back to normal after the crazy year that was 2020.

Once again, the contest is all about building a fantasy stable of 3-year-old horses and following them through the pursuit of making the Kentucky Derby.

The first race in the contest is Friday, January 22 with the running of the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park and runs through the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 1 ‚Äď hopefully!


Once again, this year it will be just $20 to enter the contest. I would like to have all the payments by March 1. Payment options are:

Mail a check or cash to Dennis Miller, 7610 Knollbrook Dr., Pleasanton, Ca. 94588

Venmo to @Dennis-Miller-25

In addition, we have a gift of $180 to sweeten the pot before the contest even starts!

Due to the increased cash fund, the top four places will pay with the breakdown being 50 percent to first, 25 percent to second, 15 percent to third and 10 percent for fourth!

The key is to get out and get your friends to enter so we build a bigger prize pool! I will be pushing this out on my social media, as well as my ACES web site. Just think ‚Äď if we get 100 people to enter (hey I can dream!) that would be a pool of $2,000 with first place taking $1,200!

Our scoring system will follow the structure for the Road to the Kentucky Derby prep series again this year.

To start pick any 10, 3-year-old horses for your beginning stable.

Points are earned by how the horses finish in the string of races throughout the Derby prep season. The first four finishers in each prep race earn points for their owners. The points are the same used to determine the field for the Kentucky Derby.

The prep races used will be the ones in the United States, along with the UAE Derby.

You can make six drops/additions along the way, but you will only get those six so use them wisely. At the end of the Kentucky Derby the final standings will be determined!

The entry form is sent under the cover of another attachment!

As has always been the case I will be sending out weekly updates, as well as news and notes for the upcoming races.

In case of a tie, following the Kentucky Derby the total number of points accumulated in the Derby will be used as the first tie-break. In case of a tie after that, the contestants will draw numbers out of a hat for the right to pick a horse for the Preakness (one horse per entrant), with the winner determined by the order of finish in the Preakness.

The prizes for the contest are as follows:

1st Place: 50 percent of prize pool


2nd Place: 25 percent of prize pool


3rd Place: 15 percent of prize pool


4th Place: 10 percent of the prize pool


Following are the five stages of the contest with the points available with each race:

¬†STAGE I (The Starting Gate ‚Äď points 10-4-2-1)

 Date                           Race                                       Track

 Jan. 22                       Smarty Jones                       Oaklawn Park

Jan. 30                       Robert B. Lewis                   Santa Anita

Jan. 30                       Holy Bull                               Gulfstream

Feb. 6                        Withers                                 Aqueduct

Feb. 6                        Sam Davis                             Tampa Bay Downs

Feb. 13                      El Camino Real                    Golden Gate Fields

Feb. 15                      Southwest                            Oaklawn Park


¬†STAGE II (The Backstretch ‚Äď points 50-20-10-5)

Feb. 13                      Risen Star                             Fair Grounds

Feb. 27                      Fountain of Youth              Gulfstream

March 6                    Gotham                                 Aqueduct

March 6                    Tampa Bay Derby               Tampa Bay Downs

March 6                    San Felipa                             Santa Anita

March 13                  Rebel                                      Oaklawn Park

March 30                  Sunland Derby                     Sunland


STAGE III (The Lane ‚Äď points 100-40-20-10)

March 20                  Louisiana Derby                  Fair Grounds

March 27                  Florida Derby                       Gulfstream

March 27                  UAE Derby                            Meydan

April 1                        Blue Grass                            Keeneland

April 3                        Santa Anita Derby              Santa Anita

April 3                        Wood Memorial                 Aqueduct

April 10                     Arkansas Derby                   Oaklawn Park

STAGE IV (The Photo Finish ‚Äď points 20-8-4-2)

 March 20                  Jeff Ruby                               Turfway Park

April 10                     Lexington                              Keeneland


STAGE V (The Derby ‚Äď points 200-150-100-50)

May 1                        Kentucky Derby                     Churchill Downs






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