MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ca. (March 3, 2009) –, the official advance deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN), has launched its second annual “ Leaderboard” competition in which top players can secure spots in the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship XI (“NHC XI”) or Coast Casinos’ Horse Player World Series in Las Vegas early next year.

Along with earning bragging rights in the and handicapping contest communities, six players who top the Leaderboard competition will earn spots in the field for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship and a chance at its $1,000,000 in prize money. Six runners-up in those Leaderboard categories will be awarded entries in the Coast Casinos Horse Player World Series.

The 2009 “ Leaderboard” competition, which was launched on March 1, does not require a separate entry fee. It simply asks players to designate their “real money” wagers as Leaderboard wagers.

Participants may choose to compete in either of two Leaderboard categories: “Points” or “ROI.” Players who compete in “Points” will be rewarded for simply picking winners, while the “ROI” Leaderboard rewards its players for finding value and amassing a large bankroll of winnings. There are three separate contests for win, place and show wagers within both the “Points” and “ROI” leaderboards.

New features in 2009 include a new “Iron Man” competition that will begin in April and reward consistent Leaderboard excellence throughout the end of November. Players who register a top 10 finish in each month of 2009 “ Leaderboard” play will win or share in an “Iron Man” prize pool of $5,000. A top 10 finish in at least one of the six Leaderboard categories during each month will qualify players to win or share the “Iron Man” prize money.

“The level of participation in last year’s inaugural Leaderboard competition was very encouraging and we are delighted to bring it back this year,” said Jeremy Clemons vice president of Marketing for “This year’s Leaderboard offers players additional opportunities to win, which include four additional months of competition and the ‘Iron Man’ concept that rewards skill and consistency over the length of ‘Leaderboard’ play.”

The beginning of each month marks the start of a new contest in each of the six Leaderboard categories, so players can join the competition at any time. The contestant with the highest monthly score in each Leaderboard is eligible to win the yearly Leaderboard competition, which involves players with the highest individual monthly scores. Along with the spots in NHC X and the Coast Casinos’ Horseplayer World Series that go to the top two finishers in each division, prizes will be awarded to the top five finishers in each yearly or monthly Leaderboard category.

All monthly Leaderboard winners will receive a satellite entry into’s “25 Seat Guarantee”, an on-line competition on Nov. 21 that provides 25 qualifying spots to NHC XI, while the yearly Leaderboard winners will be off to Vegas for National Handicapping Championship.

Each of the six Leaderboard categories will award its winner a maximum of 3,000 National Handicapping Championship Tour points.

A account is required for players to participate “Leaderboard” play. New members may open a account with an initial $50 deposit either online at or via telephone at 1-877-SPIRES-1.