Canterbury Park’s annual Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest begins its 16-week run this Saturday and continues each Saturday through Kentucky Derby Day, May 4.
Each week the entire card from a feature track will be used for the contest. Bonus races will be Derby Prep races, sometimes held at tracks other than the feature. Players select one horse in each contest race and earn points based on a mythical $20 Win Place Show wager. Bonus races earn double points and the Kentucky Derby is triple points.
The contest this Saturday features all 13 races from Fair Grounds including the Derby Prep Lecomte. Entry deadline is currently schedule for noon central (check Equibase.com for any updates).
The contest is free to enter. However, to be eligible to earn the maximum prize payouts, entrants must wager at least $30 using their MVP Rewards card on any track on the contest date. The five players with the best scores each week win prize money.
1st= $200 + grand prize entry
2nd= $150 + grand prize entry
3rd= $100 + grand prize entry
There is also prize money issued to the 30 players with the largest cumulative scores. Understanding that making all 16 weeks can be difficult, the three lowest scores during the 16 weeks will be dropped from the total score. Missing a day just results in a zero score for that week.
Friday entry now allowed:
Available during Club Level Mutuels hours.
With the handicapping work done for Road to Kentucky, players have an opportunity to ‘bet’ that their score will be the best. The weekly Bet on Yourself in R2k allows players to enter for $10 in hopes that their R2K score that day is better than all others that also enter the $10 contest. Of those playing, the entrant with the best score sweeps the entry fees. Find out more.
Weekly super satellite contests started last week. The opening-week winner was Bruce Meyer who earned the first Canterbury Park Handicapper of the Year point. Meyer has won the Handicapper of the Year title a record seven times. Every Thursday through Saturday there are $10-entry-fee super satellites that will award a $100 entry to the March 23 final for every 10 entries. Last week four players earned a $100 entry. Find the rules for the Supers here and the contest tracks offered each day here.
The March 23 satellite final will award Dog Days of Summer entries.