Richest handicapping tournament features $100,000 top prize, VIP Derby-Oaks experience

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 21, 2016) – The fields for both the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Derby Betting Championship are falling into place, and TwinSpires.com is offering players two more opportunities to attend the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports on May 7 at Churchill Downs.

The Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses have earned their way into those races, but players hoping to qualify to the KDBC via the official wagering partner of the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup can do so via $500 tournaments on Sunday, April 24, and Saturday, April 30.

The April 24 tournament offers one fully paid KDBC seat from just 30 entries. Direct entries to this tournament have sold out, but players can still qualify to Sunday’s tournament through satellites on Friday-Saturday, April 22-23. Then on Saturday, April 30, TwinSpires.com will offer another $500 "last chance" qualifier with a fully paid seat plus hotel and travel allowance. Qualifiers for that Final will begin Monday, April 25.

"As the KDBC approaches, we’re pulling out all the stops to give players the opportunity to qualify at a very reasonable price," said TwinSpires Tournament Director, Lucky Kalanges. "Whether you are a big or modest bettor, a big time Kentucky Derby experience is within everyone’s reach. It just comes down to the skill of the player."

In addition to a $15,000 live bankroll to wager on the Kentucky Derby and Oaks day cards at Churchill, each KDBC buy-in includes a VIP Derby-Oaks experience with premium seating and an exclusive reception in The Mansion on Oaks eve.

"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."

To buy directly into the KDBC, visit secure their spot with a $1,000 deposit at www.kentuckyderbybettingchampionship.com. The contest homepage also includes rules, prize structure, and currently qualified players.

TwinSpires.com is the official wagering site of the Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Cup, and the Churchill Downs Inc. family of tracks. Players who wager with TwinSpires 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 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. For more information visit www.ChurchillDowns.com.