Dan Shugar Shows Experience With Conservative Strategy Bets For KDBC

by Alastair Bull

Dan Shugar has learned quite a big in eight years playing horse racing tournaments, which included a victory in the Wynn Handicap event a few years ago.

He leaned on that experience when choosing a conservative strategy for the Kentucky Derby Betting Championship on March 26.

“With only 20 entries, I looked for low priced horses in most events,” Shugar said.

He got to the last race in a good position, but wasn’t sure how he was going when his selection, Edwards Going Left, crossed the finish line second at Santa Anita Park. But he benefitted when the winner, Passed By Paul, was disqualified and placed second for interference with Edwards Going Left.

“The last race was tough because of the DQ,” Shugar said. “I was in the lead and not sure who the second place participant had. But when they put my number up, I knew I was Derby-bound for the first time!”

The Kentucky Derby Betting Championship runs on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby day, May 5-6. Contestants – apart from those who win qualification – put forward $12,000, of which $8,000 is their betting bankroll and $4,000 goes into the prize pool.

The prizemoney will depend on the number of entries. If there are 75 players entered, the winner receives $140,000, the runner-up $80,000, and the third-place finisher $30,000. All three, plus the fourth- and fifth-place finishers, also receive entry to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, which is worth $10,000.

All players get to keep their remaining bankroll at the end of the tournament.

Shugar, who says he loves wagering on TwinSpires.com because of how easy it is to use, says earning a place in the KDBC is one of his biggest moments in racing, but there’s one other highlight that’s special to him.

“My most memorable moment was being on track at Saratoga to watch my horse break its maiden on the turf!”

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2017 Kentucky Derby Betting Championship Qualifier Mike Kappel Looks Forward to Competing

by Alastair Bull

Retired computer store operator Mike Kappel has been a horseplayer for 48 years, but nothing has matched the thrill of qualifying for the Kentucky Derby Betting Championship.

Kappel, 69, of Belleville, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, earned his spot after finishing second in a qualifying tournament Feb. 19.

His prize: a $12,000 prize package guaranteeing him entry to the second Kentucky Derby Betting Championship, which otherwise would have cost him $12,000 to enter, and a competition seat at Churchill Downs for the Oaks and Derby May 5-6 if he wishes (he also has the option of competing online via TwinSpires.com).

Kappel began well the day he qualified for the KDBC, but fell back a little before changing his plan and placing a winning bet at Oaklawn Park. However, he fell back prior to the last race, a maiden claiming at Santa Anita Park, where he backed favorite Hook’ Em Kurt, who he decided was very likely to win.

“I saw I could not catch the competition leader, but I could make second depending on what the others above played, so I thought Hook ‘Em Kurt was my best chance to get second.

“Hook ‘Em Kurt won (rallying from well back to win by a nose), and I was thrilled.”

Kappel said he became interested in horse racing from the time his father took him to the track. He’s taken part in tournaments for 15 years, and said his biggest moment had been finishing first to qualify for the National Handicapping Championship at Kentucky Downs’ first all-turf contest – until now.

“My biggest win is the entry to the Kentucky Derby Betting Championship,” he said. “I look forward to competing.”

The Kentucky Derby Betting Championship runs on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby day, May 5-6. Contestants put forward $12,000, of which $8,000 is their betting bankroll and $4,000 goes into the prize pool.

The prizemoney will depend on the number of entries. If there are 75 players entered, the winner receives $140,000, the runner-up $80,000, and the third-place finisher $30,000. All three, plus the fourth- and fifth-place finishers, also receive entry to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, which is worth $10,000.

All players get to keep their remaining bankroll at the end of the tournament.

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California Horseplayer is 1st Kentucky Derby Betting Championship Qualifier from TwinSpires.com

Veteran contest player wins $24,000 prize package to inaugural KDBC via TwinSpires.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 5, 2016) – A veteran contest player will make his first-ever trip to the Kentucky Derby thanks to TwinSpires.com and winning an entry into the inaugural Kentucky Derby Betting Championship.

Kevin Geraghty of California won a $24,000 prize package to the KDBC on May 6-7 at Churchill Downs by winning a $250 satellite tournament on January 2 on TwinSpires.com.

Geraghty is no stranger to the tournament scene, having finished second in the TwinSpires.com Online Handicapping Series Championship in November to earn a Horse Player World Series seat after already having qualified twice for the National Handicapping Championship.

“TwinSpires is a great product because everything is there,” said Geraghty. “You can bet, you can watch replays, and you can get your handicapping information.”

That handicapping information is a draw for Geraghty, who said he uses Ultimate Past Performances and Profitline products from Brisnet.com and available on TwinSpires.com to handicap.

“I thought the KDBC was a great idea,” Geraghty said. “It’s going to be pretty popular. A lot of guys I know and play with are trying to qualify, and after they saw I won I got about 50 e-mails and texts. I’ve never been to the Derby, so shame on me for that, but both my wife and I are so excited. She’s already shopping for hats.”

Of course, as an accomplished handicapper, Kevin’s wife Lee will be doing more than just shopping leading up to the Derby. She is a dual qualifier for NHC and earlier this year won a tournament at Del Mar’s Surfside.

TwinSpires.com tournaments to the Kentucky Derby Betting Challenge continue with satellites daily starting Wednesday, January 6, with two KDBC seats up for grabs in the $250 contest on January 16. Third through fifth-place finishers will receive a trip to Las Vegas for the Horse Player World Series March 30-April 2 at the Orleans Casino.

“Our initial tournament received such an enthusiastic response from our players that we decided to guarantee two more KDBC seats on January 16,” said TwinSpires.com Tournament Director Lucky Kalanges. “Players can satellite in or buy in for $250, and they will have better odds of qualifying than they did last time. Seats in the KDBC itself are limited, so this is a great way to get qualified now.”

TwinSpires.com is the official wagering site of the Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Cup, Louisiana Derby and the Churchill Downs Inc. family of tracks. To open an account, visit TwinSpires.com, call 1-877-SPIRES-1 (1-877-774-7371), or download our app from the Apple/iTunes Store.

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TwinSpires.com & Churchill team to offer $20,000 handicapping tournament

The Kentucky Derby Betting Championship features record buy in, VIP Oaks-Derby experience

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Dec. 17, 2015) – The best handicappers will join the best three-year-olds for the inaugural TwinSpires.com Kentucky Derby Betting Championship on May 6-7 at Churchill Downs.

Featuring a $20,000 buy-in and a VIP on-track experience, the KDBC is a live-money handicapping tournament with $5,000 of the entry fee going to a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000 and the other $15,000 going toward wagering on the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby cards. The projected prize pool includes three entries each to the National Handicapping Championship and the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge.

“The World’s Most Legendary Racetrack is used to welcoming the best horses to Louisville each year, and as the official account wagering site of the Kentucky Derby, TwinSpires is excited to help Churchill welcome the best horseplayers as well,” TwinSpires.com President Ted Gay said. “This is an exciting way for the top handicappers to be a part of the most exciting two minutes in sports.”

Registration with a $1,000 deposit is now available at www.KentuckyDerbyBettingChampionship.com, which also includes rules, prize structure, and information on how to qualify via satellites on TwinSpires.com, which will conduct satellites beginning December 26 with a contest on January 2 to award a $24,000 prize package to the KDBC.

Players who earn an entry via TwinSpires.com will receive a $20,000 buy in and a $4,000 travel allowance for transportation and lodging. All players receive reserved seats to both the Oaks and Derby plus an invitation to The Mansion for a welcome reception on May 5 following the races.

“This exciting live-money handicapping contest is a welcome addition to our Kentucky Derby Week activities,” said Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery. “This opportunity is a result of our great partnership with TwinSpires.com, and we’re thrilled at the chance to host and entertain this group of top horseplayers at the home of America’s greatest race.”

For more information, visit http://www.kentuckyderbybettingchampionship.com.

TwinSpires.com is the official online and mobile wagering site of the Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Cup, and the Churchill Downs Inc. family of tracks. Players who wager with TwinSpires.com receive free handicapping information from the official data source of the Kentucky Derby, Brisnet.com. To open an account, visit TwinSpires.com, call 1-877-SPIRES-1 (1-877-774-7371), or download our app from the Apple/iTunes Store.

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) will conduct its 2016 Spring Meet April 30-July 2. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. For more information visit www.ChurchillDowns.com

 

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