Online gaming site releases new game.
The online sports fantasy game, ‘Road to the Roses’ that offers players the opportunity to manage a stable of Kentucky Derby contenders throughout the race's three-month prep season, will open mid-February on the roadtotheroses.com website.
The grand prize winner will receive a VIP trip for two to the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2008. The prize includes airfare and accommodations, a private backstretch tour, and a trip to the paddock on Kentucky Derby Day. Other prizes include Kentucky Derby wagering vouchers worth $1,000 or $500, rare gold-leafed Kentucky Derby 133 mint julep glasses, and much more. A $300 Kentucky Derby wagering voucher will be given away weekly to the player who earns the most points each weekend.
During the game, players earn points based on how well their fantasy stable performs in a series of 33 Kentucky Derby prep races, beginning with the $100,000 Borderland Derby on Saturday, Feb. 17, and continuing through the May 5 Kentucky Derby itself. Players will need to selecting ten horses from the complete list of Triple Crown nominees, as well as two trainers and two jockeys to create and fill their stables. Each stable should have five active horses for each weekend of prep races. There will be opportunity during the course of the competition to choose new horses.
The usual features will again appear this year, including a new option is for players to ‘Create Your Own League’ where they can compete against family and friends in private user-created leagues for a more personalized experience.