Wednesday, July 9, 2014

NEW YORK (July 9, 2014) —The Breeders’ Cup, in collaboration with Thoroughbred leadership group Vision 2020, announced today the third season of Fantasy ‘Capping, a free-to-play online fantasy game that spotlights 14 of North America’s biggest horse races leading up to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The game concludes on October 5, with the winner receiving an all-expense paid, VIP trip to the 2014 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park.

New for 2014, the Daily Racing Form has been named Presenting Sponsor and will offer fans the opportunity to play in leagues against top DRF handicappers Matt Bernier, Peter Fornatale, Dan Illman and Mike Watchmaker for a chance to win additional prizes and bragging rights.

“We are thrilled to sponsor the Breeders’ Cup Fantasy ‘Capping game and serve-up DRF’s top professional handicappers to compete,” said John Hartig, Chairman and CEO, Daily Racing Form. “The success of our recently launched low-entry fee tournaments indicates strong interest in new contests and we are confident that the Fantasy ‘Capping game will successfully engage fans of every skill level.”

Like the successful fantasy models employed by professional football and baseball, Fantasy ‘Capping is designed to spur competition by allowing participants to compete against friends in private leagues or to take on other racing fans by joining public leagues. While individual league prizes will be left up to league members to decide, a global leader board will keep track of the top Fantasy ‘Cappers in the country and reward them with everything from a VIP trip to the 2014 Breeders’ Cup to an iPad to Breeders’ Cup merchandise. The game is designed to help attract new fans to the sport by providing them with a fun, simple and stimulating way to follow the biggest races in America on a weekly basis.

“We are excited to add Daily Racing Form as a sponsor this year and to see how their star handicappers perform against our fans,” said Craig Fravel Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “The game provides a simple, easy and fun way for horseplayers to get their friends involved with horse racing which we believe is a critical component to growing interest in our sport.”

Each week, 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 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 is now open at and will remain open up until the October 5. The Fantasy ‘Capping season officially starts with the Eddie Read at Del Mar on July 20, but fans can create or join a league at any time before registration closes on October 5.






Week 1

The Eddie Read Stakes

July 20


Del Mar Race Track

Week 2

The William Hill Haskell Invitational*

July 27


Monmouth Park

Week 3

The Whitney Handicap*

Aug. 2


Saratoga Race Course

Week 4

The Saratoga Special Stakes

Aug. 10


Saratoga Race Course

Week 5

The Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes

Aug. 17


Saratoga Race Course

Week 6

The Travers Stakes

Aug. 23


Saratoga Race Course

Week 6

The TVG Pacific Classic*

Aug. 24


Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Week 7

The Woodward Stakes

Aug. 30


Saratoga Race Course

Week 8

The Super Derby

Sept. 6


Harrah’s Louisiana Downs

Week 9

The Ricoh Mile*

Sept. 14


Woodbine Race Track

Week 10

The Pennsylvania Derby

Sept. 20



Week 11

The Awesome Again Stakes*

Sept. 27


Santa Anita Park

Week 12

The Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity*

Oct. 4



Week 12

The Juddmonte Spinster Stakes*

Oct. 5



* 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 2014 World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 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 Daily Racing Form

Daily Racing Form, “America's Turf Authority since 1894" for Thoroughbred racing horseplayers and professionals throughout North America is the Thoroughbred industry's dominant multi-channel media company. Launched in 1894, Daily Racing Form is the only daily newspaper in the U.S. dedicated solely to the coverage of a single sport, publishing up to 2,000 unique pages of statistical and editorial copy every day, in as many as 20 daily editions, 364 days a year. Its companion website, is the most heavily-trafficked horseracing destination, providing players with the most extensive news coverage in racing, interactive past performances, exclusive handicapping tools, and access to DRF Bets™, America’s fastest growing online and mobile wagering platform. Additionally, Daily Racing Form publishes DRF Harness Eye, the daily newspaper and digital content for Standardbred racing since 1964, offering news, handicapping products, and online wagering functionality specifically for Harness players. In 2012, Daily Racing Form introduced DRF Breeding, a business dedicated to serving the Breeding industry, bringing expanded coverage and tools to horseplayer and breeding enthusiasts alike.