12/21/2015 11:55AM

Fornatale: Churchill Downs to host rich Derby Week contest

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Last week, Churchill Downs and Twinspires.com announced a new handicapping contest, the Kentucky Derby Betting Championship, to be run in conjunction with the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby on May 6-7 at Churchill Downs.

The contest, featuring a record $20,000 buy-in, is a live-bankroll tournament with a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000. That prize pool includes three entries each to the National Handicapping Championship and the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.

Of that $20,000 buy-in, $15,000 will act as a live bank, with the additional $5,000 funding the prize pool.

“This is an exciting way for the top handicappers to be a part of the most exciting two minutes in sports,” said TwinSpires.com president Ted Gay.

For more information, visit www.kentuckyderbybettingchampionship.com.

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