Homeracing Convenes Bad Luck Board To Reward Smart Plays

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Ed DeRosa

March 5th, 2019

Handicappers will meet weekly to compensate players who suffer bad beats at selected racetracks

  [Press Release] LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 4, 2019) – players who suffer unlucky outcomes will have a chance to get rewarded thanks to the new Bad Luck Board that had its first meeting this weekend following the Fountain of Youth Stakes card at Gulfstream Park. The Board, which includes handicappers Ed DeRosa and Scott Shapiro and welcomes input via social media, will meet each week following key race dates to determine a horse that we think should either be refunded or be paid out as if it won. “Anyone who bets horses knows it’s a terrible feeling to know you were right about a certain horse but still don’t cash,” Director of Communication DeRosa said. “The Bad Luck Board will reward players who got it right but didn’t get paid.” The Board’s first unlucky outcome goes to #7 Hidden Scroll, who finished 4th in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. The 6-to-5 favorite and one of the top choices for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, ran well in defeat, dueling with longshot Gladiator King through quick fractions. Gladiator King ended up last while Hidden Scroll fought on admirably before giving way in deep stretch. If you wagered at least $10 to win on Hidden Scroll in the Fountain of Youth Stakes, log in to your account and visit to receive a $22 bonus payout—the equivalent to what a $10 win bettor would have received if Hidden Scroll had won. “The marketing team is always looking for new ways to return money to our horseplayers,” said Promotions Director Bethani White. “It’s tough to stomach when the gates open and your race is over on the first jump—a potential scenario where we might refund your bet. “We love this idea as a way to ease the sting of an unlucky outcome and get players involved in helping us determine when to take action. The Bad Luck Board is stepping up to create wins one loss at a time.” The Bad Luck Board will meet weekly through the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve with special sessions called as needed. players are invited to follow @TwinSpires on Twitter and lament their bad luck by using the hashtag #BadLuckBoard. is the official wagering site of the Kentucky Derby and the Churchill Downs Inc. family of tracks. Players who wager with receive free handicapping information from the official data source of the Kentucky Derby, To open an account, visit, call 1-877-SPIRES-1 (1-877-774-7371), or download our app from the Apple/iTunes. Use promo code BADLUCKBOARD to get a $10 free bet!