I have to admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of the Kentucky Derby, but this year Crown Royal has upped the ante for myself and nine other bloggers with a special Derby Influencer Program. Here’s how the program works:

Earlier today I received a package from Crown Royal that contained a bottle of Crown Royal, the ingredients to their “Crown Royal Press” cocktail, and a Crown Royal pouch that included the names of two horses that will be competing at the Kentucky Derby this weekend. Here’s the cool part, if either of those two horses win I’ll receive VIP travel and accommodations to either the Preakness or The Belmont Stakes. Pretty cool, right?

Well, my horses are Revolutionary and Normandy Invasion and from the research I’ve done so far these are two amazing competitors. Needless to say I’m feeling pretty excited! Feel free to show your support for Revolutionary and Normandy Invasion by using the #ReignOn hashtag and either #Revolutionary or #NormandyInvasion on your preferred social networking site.

On top of the Derby Influencer Program, Crown Royal has also partnered with famed jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. If Pincay can predict the top three finishers, in order, in each leg of the Triple Crown then Crown Royal will donate $1 million (yes, that’s million with a “M”) to Thoroughbred Charities of America. Pincay has yet to make his predictions, but you can stay updated on his choices via the Crown Royal Facebook page.

UPDATE: It looks like we now have Laffit Pincay Jr.’s picks for the Kentucky Derby. You can find them below, and I’m assuming by “Goldencents” Pincay actually meant “Revolutionary.”

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