NEW YORK (July 18, 2013)—The Breeders’ Cup, in collaboration with Thoroughbred leadership group Vision 2020, announced today the second season of Fantasy ‘Capping, a free-to-play online fantasy game that spotlights 13 of North America’s biggest horse races leading up to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The game concludes with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, November 2 at Santa Anita Park. Registration is now open at www.fantasycapping.com.
Like the successful fantasy models employed by professional football and baseball, Fantasy ‘Capping is designed to spur competition by allowing participants to play against friends in a private league setting. Those who want to take on outsiders also have the option to join public leagues. While individual league prizes will be determined by league members, a global leader board will keep track of the top Fantasy ‘Cappers in the country and reward them with prizes from cash to iPads to Breeders’ Cup merchandise. The game is designed to help attract new fans to the sport by providing them with a fun, simple and engaging way to follow the biggest races in North America on a weekly basis.
Based on fan feedback, this year’s updated game features a streamlined registration process and allows for an unlimited number of teams in private leagues. Also new this year, a special double-header weekend was added for Week 4 (August 24-25), featuring two of the summer’s biggest races, the Travers Stakes from Saratoga Race Course and the TVG Pacific Classic from Del Mar.
“Vision 2020 and the Breeders’ Cup were both exceptionally pleased with the first-year results for Fantasy ‘Capping, and we believe the changes brought forth in year two will only make it better,” said Bret Jones, Breeders’ Cup Director and a steering committee member of Vision 2020. “Our shared goal has always been to attract new fans to horse racing, and Fantasy ‘Capping is the right mix of simplicity and weekly excitement to provide a great introduction to those that we’ve missed out on in the past. Industry veterans will also enjoy the game’s competitive format as they can challenge their horse racing peers, or reach out to friends that they’ve always wanted to introduce to the sport, by creating their own private league. We strongly encourage anyone interested in growing our sport to be a part of Fantasy ‘Capping 2013.”
“After last year's success, we are excited to bring back Fantasy ‘Capping for a second season,” said Justin McDonald, Vice President of Marketing & Digital Media for the Breeders’ Cup. “The user-friendly digital platform is a fun way for fans to introduce their friends to the sport and engage in friendly competition during key races leading up to, and including, the Breeders’ Cup. The low barrier to entry grants a wide group of potential fans access to the excitement of horseracing. ”
"Breeders’ Cup is at the pinnacle of Thoroughbred racing and Fantasy Capping is a great way to use digital media to drive fans to the excitement of horse racing and the Breeders’ Cup on a weekly basis," said Chris Russo, President of CR Media Ventures and advisor to Breeders’ Cup.
Each week, Fantasy ‘Capping players will be provided the information needed to handicap that week’s race, including a write-up of contenders, a history of the track and race, race past performances and links to outside articles pertaining to the race. Using that information, contestants will have the opportunity to place one of four “Fantasy Wagers” on the featured race: $20 to Win, $20 to Place, $20 to Show or a $10 Exacta Box ($20 total). Total “Fantasy Earnings” within the game are determined by the actual race results and payouts. Following the conclusion of each week’s race, participants will receive an email link to watch the race replay in case they were unable to view it live. League standings and the global leader board will be updated immediately once the race is pronounced official.
Registration, at www.fantasycapping.com, will remain open up until the start of the Breeders’ Cup on November 1. The Fantasy ‘Capping season officially starts with the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga on August 3, but fans can create or join a league at any time before registration closes on November 1.
2013 Fantasy ‘Capping Schedule
Week 1 The Whitney Handicap* Aug. 3 Saratoga Race Course
Week 2 The Fourstardave Handicap Aug.10 Saratoga Race Course
Week 3 The Alabama Stakes Aug. 17 Saratoga Race Course
Week 4 The Travers Stakes Aug. 24 Saratoga Race Course
TVG Pacific Classic Aug. 25 Del Mar Race Track
Week 5 The Woodward Stakes Aug. 31 Saratoga Race Course
Week 6 The Super Derby Sept. 7 Louisiana Downs
Week 7 The Summer Stakes Sept. 15 Woodbine
Week 8 The Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 21 Parx
Week 9 The Awesome Again Stakes* Sept. 28 Santa Anita Park
Week 10 The Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity* Oct. 5 Keeneland
Week 11 The QE II Challenge Cup Oct. 12 Keeneland
Week 12 The Lexus Raven Run Stakes Oct. 19 Keeneland
Week 13 BYE WEEK Oct. 26 BYE WEEK
Playoffs Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic Nov. 1 Santa Anita Park
Playoffs Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 2 Santa Anita Park
* Indicates a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race.
Fantasy ‘Capping was developed by Salted Stone, a digital agency in Monrovia, Calif., and is compatible with web browsers and mobile devices.
About Breeders’ Cup
The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2013 World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 1-2, and will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network and NBC in the US. The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be shown live and in primetime on NBC. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, http://www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.