(Photo: Last year's #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest national winner Dennis Poppe was interviewed by TVG's Scott Hazelton)
Rules at bottom of this post
FRANKLIN, Ky. (Wednesday, June 26, 2018) — Kentucky Downs’ #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest is coming back for the second year in advance of the 2019 live race meet, which spans five days Aug. 31-Sept. 12.
The #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest is a social-media competition held throughout July where two participants will win a trip to America’s most unique race meet by posting on Twitter about the track.
The #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest is free. Simply post on Twitter between July 1 and 31 why you want to attend Kentucky Downs’ live race meet for the first time or why you want to go back. To count toward selection as a winner, posts must include the hashtag #LiveAtKyDowns and @KyDownsRacing. An entry form must be filled out for every submission, with the forms available on the link below and on kentuckydowns.com, twitter.com/KyDownsRacing, facebook.com/KyDownsRacing and facebook.com/KyDownsGaming.
The #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest awards two grand prizes -- one for an entrant residing within 200 miles of the track on the Tennessee border and one going to an entrant residing more than 200 miles away. The winners will be announced Sunday, Aug. 4 at Ellis Park’s Kentucky Downs Preview Day, which features five $100,000 turf stakes funded by money transferred from Kentucky Downs’ purse account.
“We were thrilled with the participation for last year’s launch of the #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest,” said Kentucky Downs senior vice president and general manager Ted Nicholson. “It just showed how passionate and enthusiastic people are about the racing and uniqueness of Kentucky Downs, even those who have never been able to visit in person. This year we’re delighted to have last year’s Grand Prize recipients Tom Pinkowski and Dennis Poppe join our team in judging the 2019 winners. It’s important to us to have a winner from within our geographic region and one from outside, because both our on-track guests and national simulcasting markets are paramount to Kentucky Downs’ success as our race meet continues to shatter records.”
Judging to select the two grand prize recipients is on a purely subjective basis, including originality and passion exhibited in the winning posts. Judges may consider a series of posts collectively or the overall body of work in determining a winner. The #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest is not a sweepstakes and is not determined by random drawing.
While there is no limit to the number of entries a person can make, each post must be different in at least one aspect, such as phrasing, photo or video. Only Twitter posts will be counted. However, posts can link to another social media platform, such as Youtube, Facebook or Instagram, as long as the Twitter post includes #LiveAtKyDowns and @KyDownsRacing.
The two grand prize winners will be Kentucky Downs’ guests for live racing Sept. 5, 7 and 8, including hotel accommodations for up to five nights at the Hampton Inn Franklin, Ky., near the track.
The regional winner will receive a betting voucher for $1,000 and up to four tickets in either the Turf Club Tent or Finish Line Pavilion for any or all of the three race days the winner is able to attend. The national winner will be reimbursed for airfare up to $600 for one person or up to $1,000 for two, a $500 betting voucher and two tickets in the Turf Club Tent or Finish Line Pavilion for any or all of the three race days the winner is able to attend. Winners also will have a race named after them and present a trophy to the winning connections.
TVG, the world's leading horse-racing network and online betting platform, again will provide both grand prize winners with a $250 betting credit through a TVG account.
Poppe, who lives in Seattle, said last year’s Post Time Contest really introduced him to social media. He’s now a regular participant on Twitter at @Poppi71.
“Last year’s contest was great to be a part of; it was fun via social media to share with others my love of Kentucky Downs and horse racing,” Poppe said. “I was fortunate to be selected to attend Kentucky Downs as their guest. The staff at Kentucky Downs were wonderful and treated us to a magical VIP experience.
"It is easy to participate if you love racing. Just share on Twitter your passion for racing and why Kentucky Downs is on your bucket list to attend in person.”
Pinkowski, the regional winner from Mount Sterling who is @TomRubiano on Twitter, said he’s looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.
“Winning this is such an awesome prize for long-time race fans such as Dennis and myself,” he said. “But I also hope new horse-racing fans participate and hopefully win. It is a fun contest to get people involved in the great sport of horse racing, and whoever wins this year will have a great experience.”
The inaugural contest produced about 300 entries.
“We were blown away by last year’s reception and the creativity of the contest’s posts,” said Amber Norris, Kentucky Downs’ director of marketing. “The only bad part was we had so many wonderful entries that it was agonizing choosing the winners, and we hope last year’s participants jump right back in. We have tweaked the contest this year where we only have Twitter entries, because of the superior ease of doing searches and that’s how the vast majority of participants posted last year. For those who submitted Facebook entries last year, we encourage you to set up a free Twitter account, if you don’t have one, in order to participate again. And we hope everyone enters early and often.”
All posts must be visible to the general public and have the ability to be shared. By entering the contest, participants agree to let Kentucky Downs use all or parts of any posts, including photos, videos and memes, for publicity or news purposes.
Kentucky Downs reserves the right to tailor the trip to accommodate winner’s travel schedules. Contest participants must be at least 18 years old.
Must be at least 18 years old to enter.
Free to enter.
Contest starts July 1 and runs through July 31, with winners to be announced Aug. 4 during Kentucky Downs Preview Day at Ellis Park.
Contest participants post on Twitter why they want to go to Kentucky Downs for the first time or why they want to go back. General posts describing Kentucky Downs also will be considered.
Each entry must include the hashtag #LiveAtKyDowns and @KyDownsRacing.
Entries must be posted on Twitter. Posts about Kentucky Downs on other social-media platforms are appreciated but will not count toward the contest. However, Twitter posts can link to other social-media platforms, such as Youtube, and count as an entry, as long as the Twitter posts includes #LiveAtKyDowns, @KyDownsRacing and some content regarding Kentucky Downs.
All Twitter posts must be able to be shared publicly, with Kentucky Downs having the ability to retweet or share, in order to count as an entry.
Participants must fill out an official entry form for each Twitter post in order to count toward the contest. The link to the official entry forms will be available at kentuckydowns.com, twitter.com/KyDownsRacing, facebook.com/KYDownsGaming/ and facebook.comKYDownsRacing. Entry forms must be filled out to include name, home address, phone number, email, date of post, link to post and birthdate. Optional - Your profession and any other personal information (such as how long you’ve been a racing fan, or how you became a fan) that you choose to share.
Entrants must be able to establish proprietary right to photos and/or video used in posts. By submitting an entry, the entrant gives Kentucky Downs the right to use all or parts of the social-media posts, including any photos, video or memes, for news and promotional use both in 2019 and beyond.
There is no limit on number of entries by a single participant. However, in order to count, each post must be different in at least one aspect, such as phrasing, photo or video.
Kentucky Downs reserves the right to add sponsors to the contest or clarification of the rules at any time.
This is not a sweepstakes or drawing. Grand Prize winners will be selected by a panel of Kentucky Downs employees and 2018 Grand Prize winners, with judging completely subjective. Factors may include — but are not limited to — originality, passion, visual appeal and information about the entrant. Kentucky Downs’ decision on the winners is final. The judging panel may consider a series of posts collectively or the entire body of work in picking a winner.
Entries using profane or distasteful language or characterization will not be considered.
Two grand prizes - for an entrant who lives within 200 miles of Kentucky Downs and one who lives outside 200 miles of Kentucky Downs — will be awarded.
National Grand Prize winner (more than 200 miles from Kentucky Downs):
Airfare for one up to $600 or airfare for two up to $1,000 to attend Kentucky Downs’ live race meet Sept. 5–8, 2019 (live racing that Thursday, Saturday and Sunday). Winner will be reimbursed upon arrival at Kentucky Downs.
Hotel room at the Hampton Inn Franklin (Ky.) for up to five nights, Sept. 4-8, 2019. Value $500. (Winner has option of being reimbursed for up to $100/night if opting for a different hotel.)
Two tickets each race day (Sept. 5, 7 and 8) in either the Turf Club Tent or Finish Line Pavilion.
$500 betting voucher.
Race named after the winner, with recipient making trophy presentation.
Regional Grand Prize winner (within 200 miles of Kentucky Downs):
Hotel room at the Hampton Inn Franklin (Ky.) for up to five nights, Sept. 4-8, 2019, to attend Kentucky Downs’ live race meet Sept. 5–8 (live racing that Thursday, Saturday and Sunday). Value $500. (Winner has option of being reimbursed for up to $100/night if opting for a different hotel.)
Four tickets each race day (Sept. 5, 7 and 8) in either the Turf Club Tent or Finish Line Pavilion.
$1,000 betting voucher.
Race named after the winner, with recipient making trophy presentation.
Kentucky Downs reserves the right to tailor the package to an individual winner.
If winner cannot attend during the 2019 live meet, efforts will be made to offer prize package to another participant.