Friday, October 4, 2013

NEW YORK (October 4, 2013) – The Breeders' Cup World Championships, horse racing's premier international event, today announced a partnership with Gold Derby (, Hollywood's original online entertainment awards predictor. Beginning in October, Gold Derby will host The Breeders' Cup Classic Predictions Contest, which gives users the opportunity to select the winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic, shown live in primetime at 8:00pm ET on NBC on Nov. 2.

The Breeders' Cup Classic Predictions Center will combine the rankings of participating experts, journalists, Gold Derby editors and general users. The Breeders' Cup will award the winner VIP tickets to attend next year's event plus direct a $10,000 donation to a charity of their choice. The Daily Racing Form ( will provide handicapping content as well as analysis from their experts.

"The Breeders' Cup Classic Predictions Contest is an ideal way to engage new fans and expose them to the excitement of the high caliber international competition of the Breeders' Cup," said Peter Rotondo, Breeders' Cup VP of Media and Entertainment. "We look forward to partnering with Gold Derby to extend the reach of horseracing within the Hollywood, entertainment and media circles."

"This year the Breeders' Cup Classic will be run at Santa Anita Park, which is smack dab in the Hollywood scene," said Gold Derby editor Tom O'Neil. "It's the perfect time for the world's leading horse races to team up with Hollywood's top website tracking the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys. The partnership proves that all of Hollywood is really one, big, wonderful race."

Gold Derby pools predictions from top experts and editors and invites fans to compete against them for highest accuracy score. Its racetrack odds are world famous and instill terror and apprehension among Hollywood titans. The site also features articles, photo galleries, forum discussion and exclusive video interviews with top celebrities, directors, producers and writers.

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. 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, You can also follow the Breeders' Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Gold Derby has been tracking Hollywood's top award races since 2000 when it was launched by Tom O'Neil, author of the definitive books on the Emmys, Grammys and film awards (Penguin Putnam). The site was licensed by the Los Angeles Times in 2005, but then

reclaimed by O'Neil in 2010 and relaunched with greater emphasis upon generating odds based upon the predictions of nearly 100 experts from Entertainment Weekly, Associated Press, Reuters, L.A. Times and Hollywood Reporter.