Here's a great opportunity to get into some Kentucky Derby action: Go to WinStar Farm's Kentucky Derby Fantasy Stable and draft 12 horses into your fantasy stable, then cheer your horses on May 1 during AQHA's official Kentucky Derby Watch Party at QuarterFest in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Participating in the Derby, Thoroughbred racing's biggest race of the year, and QuarterFest, AQHA's biggest hands-on horse event of the year, are a great way to raise awareness of horses of any breed and discipline.
QuarterFest is a three-day, education-packed celebration where horse enthusiasts from around the world will gather for fun, entertainment and festivities to honor horses. Besides the official AQHA Kentucky Derby Watch Party, the fun also includes clinics that you can watch or that you can participate in with your horse (horseback participation in the clinics is limited, so sign up as soon as you can).
WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, is hosting a fantasy contest, a free game that gives participants the chance to manage their own stable of Kentucky Derby hopefuls and be eligible to win prizes. Entry deadline is February 13. The player who accumulates the most "earnings" from February 13 through April 17 wins two third-floor box-seat tickets to the 2010 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, round-trip coach airfare, lodging for three nights and a VIP tour of WinStar Farm.
So fill your stable, order your QuarterFest tickets, grab your best Kentucky Derby bonnet and join the fun April 30 -- May 2 at QuarterFest.