VEA “Pick A Horse” Contest: 2017 Kentucky Derby ($200 in Prizes)

1st Place: $100 Amazon gift card
2nd-5th: $25 Starbucks gift card

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WINNER: #5 Always Dreaming

Top 5 Winners (Randomly Drawn):
1) David Elliott
2) bombaysapp***
3) Stephanie Bowles
4) amanda.wilk***
5) Patti Goettler

Kentucky Derby Day is this Saturday May 6th and for the first time in four years, you can place Derby wagers at 2 Off Track Betting (OTB ) Centers in Richmond! Breakers Sports Grille (in the west end in TJ Maxx Plaza at 9127 W. Broad St.) and Ponies & Pints (downtown in Shockoe Bottom at 110 N. 18th St.) will accept advance Derby bets all day & evening Friday May 5th, then Saturday from 10 AM until the race goes off at 6:46 PM.

Both OTBs will celebrate with day-long parties, so spend the entire afternoon. Sip on a mint julep, wear your best Derby attire and play races from Churchill Downs from 10:30 AM on. Ponies & Pints will have a big RVA Derby Bash in their parking lot with live entertainment, food and beverage stations, betting windows galore and a $1,000 “winner take all” Fancy Hat Contest! Breakers will have an outdoor Derby “express” bet window, mint julep specials  and their own Fancy Hat contest.

Are you new to racing and wagering? No problem! Both OTBs will have plenty of staff on hand to help you pick a horse and to place your bet. We’ll even have FREE program pages of the Derby itself to give out!

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Here is a Quick-Hit Breakdown of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Field:

Each entry will get:

One Positive Point => (“+ve”)

One Negative Point => (-“ve”)


#1 Lookin at Lee

+ve => Was hauling a?$ in the G1 Arkansas Derby to finish 3rd

-ve => The number one post is a horrible post at CD for the derby


#2 Thunder Snow (IRE)

+ve => Has Christophe Soumillon as the jockey => one of the best in the world

-ve => Dubai based horse => they do not travel well


#3 Fast and Accurate

+ve => He has won his last 3 races

-ve =>He is better suited for turf or synthic surfaces => dirt makes him slow and unreliable


#4 Untrapped

+ve => Won his only race at Churchill Downs by 5 lengths

-ve => His only win was his maiden race at Churchill Downs


#5 Always Dreaming

+ve => Has won his last 3 by open lengths including the G1 Florida Derby

-ve => He has a lot of energy => he can get too charged up and a little unruly


#6 State of Honor

+ve => He is a hard knocking horse and has 10 races under his belt

-ve => He has only won one race => his maiden race


#7 Girvin

+ve => Gorgeous horse that has won 3 out of 4 by open lengths

-ve => Has had foot issues requiring special shoeing


#8 Hence

+ve => Big effort in his last race winning the Sunland Derby by 3 ¾ lengths

-ve => Pedigree limitations => Dad was a sprinter => Mom has not been a producer


#9 Irap

+ve => A horse on the improve => connections know how to win this race

-ve => Will have plenty of company up front to compete with his speed


#10 Gunnevera

+ve => Has one of the best jockey’s in the business as his pilot

-ve => Last race was lackluster in the G1 Florida Derby


#11 Battle of Midway

+ve => Put up a gutsy effort to come in 2nd in the Santa Anita Derby

-ve => First start was in January => not a ton of seasoning


#12 Sonneteer

+ve => His last race was his best

-ve => He has not won a race yet


#13 J Boys Echo

+ve => Pedigree plus => Big effort to win the Gotham two races back

-ve => Threw in a clunker in the last race in the G2 Blue Grass


#14 Classic Empire

+ve => The best horse in the race. Period

-ve => He has been hurt almost the entire prep season


#15 McCraken

+ve => Class + pedigree => Big shot at winning

-ve => Lackluster effort in the last


#16 Tapwrit

+ve => By the hottest sire and trained by Todd Pletcher

-ve => Did not run a great race in the last but encountered plenty of trouble


#17 Irish War Cry

+ve => Serious player and winner of the Wood Memorial

-ve => Lots of Irish families (like mine) will load up and drive the price down (no value)


#18 Gormley

+ve => He is a winner and a fighter

-ve => California horses are not as strong this year as the past three years


#19 Practical Joke

+ve => Sitting on a big race

-ve => Has not won a big race in over 6 months


#20 Patch

+ve => Only one eye =>sentimental story

-ve => Has run in only 3 races


#21 AE Royal Mo – (needs a horse to scratch 1-20, to get in the race)

+ve => Big beautiful horse

-ve => Hard to see him getting 1 ¼ miles


#22 AE Master Plan – (needs a horse to scratch 1-20, to get in the race)

+ve => Trained by the master

-ve => Pedigree suggests he is more of a sprinter


– A random drawing of the participants who answered correctly will determine the Top 5 winners
– Prize fulfillment takes 5-7 business days after the contest.
– Must be 18+ to be eligible.