|Churchhill Downs has launched the official 2004 Kentucky Derby website, KentuckyDerby.com. ‘We’ve created an informative, entertaining and compelling website surrounding the Kentucky Derby,’ says Steve Fugitte, VP of racing information and new media for the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network.|
Information is presented in four major sections. The coverage section features snapshots of event contenders, Derby news, daily updates from around the racetrack — including videos of on-site morning workouts and trainer interviews. The new site offers comprehensive coverage with exclusive articles, news updates, interactive components and archived videos of the top contenders’ Derby prep races, all at free of charge. Other features of KentuckyDerby.com include the top 10 selections from Las Vegas handicapping expert Roxy Roxborough as well as favorite picks from CDSN handicappers such as John Asher, Jill Byrne, Lane Gold and Fugitte.
For horseracings fans craving for a slice of history, the Derby timeline offers collection of charts and statistics from the 129 Derby races, information on the Derby winners’ connections, and sections on blacks and women in the Derby. For old hands the experience section provides an extensive photo gallery and information on the icons and traditions such as the Garland of Roses, Mint Juleps, Derby hats, Millionaire's Row and the Twin Spires.
Also of interest to racing fans might be the 2004 Kentucky Derby 'Road to the Roses' Fantasy Challenge, a free, Internet-based game. Users compete with thousands of other horseracing fans for a VIP trip to the 2005 Kentucky Derby and Oaks, plus prizes, wagering vouchers and merchandise worth thousands of dollars.
The seven year old game is an online rotisserie-style game that allows race fans to create a fantasy stable of Kentucky Derby hopefuls, along with accomplished jockeys and top trainers. Points are awarded based on how well the selected horses and human beings perform in a series of 35 races leading up to and including the Kentucky Derby. Players are required to select five “active” horses for each weekend of prep races and can add two horses from March 29 through April 2.
For live action, Churchhill has set up web cams that give viewers a live looks inside Churchill Downs. With an online Derby Store, fans can also purchase more than 130 Kentucky Derby licensed apparel and souvenirs.