Season 7: Virtual Kentucky Derby Day Mega-Preview

Every Photo Finish™ LIVE season ends with a bang, and for Season 7, that moment is now upon us — ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Virtual Kentucky Derby weekend.

Before we dive into the culmination of the Road to the Roses, let’s talk about the lathering up of the racetracks that will occur in the hours before the marquee race.

We"ve got intense competition featuring the best horses Photo Finish™ has to offer.

We"ve got free-entry races juiced to the gills and wagering pools oozing with a minimum subsidy of 400 $DERBY per horse. 

And, of course, we have a live-streaming event featuring all your favorite guests and friends, hosted by Third Time CEO and Founder Ian Cummings, Community Manager Fib, and community race caller Mo Knowz.

It’s Virtual Derby Weekend! Enough horsing around. Let’s talk about it.

Bourbon County Stakes: 5:20 p.m.

Location: Golden Empire Casino | Purse: 60,000 $DERBY | Pick Subsidy: 400 $DERBY | Entry: FREE

The Bourbon County Stakes is a 12-furlong, Grade 1 turf race for 3+ year-olds. This race demands stamina and strategy as jockeys navigate the long, winding turf course.

Register for the Bourbon County Stakes and place your picks here.

Bluegrass Commemorative: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Shing Mun Racecourse | Purse: 60,000 $DERBY | Pick Subsidy: 400 $DERBY | Entry: Free

Next is the Bluegrass Commemorative, a 4-furlong, Grade 1 turf sprint for 3+ year-olds. Speed is the game’s name here, as jockeys and their mounts dash across the left-turning turf course in a quest for glory and riches.

Register for the race Bluegrass Commemorative and place your picks here.

Mint Julep Memorial: 5:40 p.m. 

Location: Victoria Racecourse | Purse: 60,000 $DERBY | Pick Subsidy: 400 $DERBY | Entry: FREE

The Mint Julep Memorial, an 8-furlong, Grade 1 dirt race for 3+ year-olds, brings a surface change. The left-turning dirt track tests the mettle of both horse and rider. The $60,000 purse only adds to the stakes.

Register for the Mint Julep Memorial and place your picks here.

Red River Run: 5:50 p.m.

Location: Fuchu Racecourse | Purse: 60,000 $DERBY | Pick Subsidy: 400 $DERBY | Entry: FREE

Last but not least for the Derby weekend undercard is the Red River Run—a 5-furlong, left-turning dirt sprint exclusively for 2-year-olds.

The youngsters aim to make their mark in the racing world and secure a piece of the enticing purse.

Register for the Red River Run and place your picks here.

LIVE BROADCAST: Virtual Kentucky Derby 6:00 p.m.

Who: Third Time Games, Mo Knowz (race caller), Special Guests: Featuring Play Heist, DeStables

What: The Season 7 Virtual Kentucky Derby at Photo Finish™ LIVE

When: Broadcast begins at 6:00 p.m. Virtual Kentucky Derby leaves the gates at 7:00 p.m.

Where to Watch: LIVE on YouTube, Twitch, and X

Back like we never left! Every season Third Time Games plans on making the Virtual Kentucky Derby bigger and better than ever, and dammit, if this weekend isn’t proof of those efforts.

To make the Season 7 finale special, we’ve invited two special guests to join us on our already jam-packed Virtual Kentucky Derby stream; PlayHeist’s @BisonTrades and DeStables legendary leader, @aarondegods.

Shout out to the entire Play Heist gang and DeStables for jammin’ with the Photo Finish™ crew this week. The Kentucky Derby is a party, and what’s a party without friends? 

The Peel City Stakes Presented by Play Heist: 6:25 p.m.

Location: Golden Empire Casino | Purse: TBD/Juiced | Pick Subsidy: 1,600 $DERBY | Entry Fee: 1,500 $DERBY | 

Photo Finish™ and Play Heist have joined forces for a collaboration set to celebrate our Web3 neighbors and their incredible community: The Peel City Stakes.

The Peel Stakes not only brings incredible real money prizes up for grabs, but the race winner will take home a coveted HEIST NFT in addition to their race winnings! 

The breakdown of what’s up for grabs is vast; the highest winning pick claims 2/3 of a NANA/COCO pool worth 20,000 $NANA/865,000 $COCO.

That’s not all. Because we can’t all be winners, we will reward the biggest losing pick, 1/3 of the same pool. 

Click here to see a full breakdown of the Peel City Stakes race and toss some sweet $DERBY on the horses participating.

Win Real Money Placing Horse Picks

To participate in the Peel City Stakes and get a shot at these incredible prizes, follow these three easy steps: 

Step 1: Sign up at https://signup.photofinish.live

Step 2: Grab some Derby at https://photofinish.live/mystable/financials – fund your wallet and purchase Derby with USDC.

Step 3. Play the Ponies. Stop flipping coins for crypto and start wagering on the oldest sport of them all – horse racing. You don"t need any prior knowledge to get started. Just check out the odds. 

Register for the Peel City Stakes and place your picks here.

Need help understanding how horse wagering works? Check out this quick guide to get you up to speed on how pari-mutuel betting works. 

The Season 7 Virtual Kentucky Derby: 7:00 p.m. 

Location: Churchill Downs | Purse: 160,000 $DERBY | Pick Subsidy: 800 $DERBY | Entry: FREE to Qualified Horses

Imagine not being the Official Game of the Kentucky Derby? It couldn’t be us.

The Virtual Kentucky Derby kicks off on Saturday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. The culmination of the night’s events will feature the Top 20 horses on the Road to the Roses leaderboard, which you can find listed below: 

  • Web-Weaver (Stable: Grape Syndicate)
  • Forrest (Stable: Phog Pharms & Racing)
  • Bad Ivory (Stable: Trawlers)
  • Bored Ape (Stable: Hollywoo Stables)
  • Reina De Un Ojo (Stable: OEB (Racing & Breeding))
  • Buggane (Stable: YSM Racing Club)
  • Cafe Latte (Stable: Coffee Stable)
  • Cosmic Wood (Stable: abSOLute Horsepower)
  • Brother Cheddar (Stable: TedRacing)
  • The Downgrade (Stable: DeStables)
  • Mo’s Hammer (Stable: Wolaf The Bandito)
  • Snake Eyes (Stable: PHANTOM STABLE)
  • Smores (Stable: SOLmate Stables)
  • Ultraviolet (Stable: abSOLute Horsepower)
  • Triple Three (Stable: DeStables)
  • Sharpshooter (Stable: BlazingSaddlesStable)
  • Bahuvrihi (Stable: Olive Tree Stables)
  • Lower Expectations (Stable: DeStables)
  • Bold Earth (Stable: JVanderDutch)
  • Morning Diamond (Stable: Pocono Racing)

Good luck, everyone! Let’s have a helluva race day.

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