California Horseplayer is 1st Kentucky Derby Betting Championship Qualifier from

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

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 5, 2016) – A veteran contest player will make his first-ever trip to the Kentucky Derby thanks to 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

Geraghty is no stranger to the tournament scene, having finished second in the 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 and available on 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. 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 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.” 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, call 1-877-SPIRES-1 (1-877-774-7371), or download our app from the Apple/iTunes Store.