Have you heard about virtual racing?

Me neither, until someone turned me on to a site digiturf.com

These guys (girls, robots) have come up with a really cool idea.

You can race the triple crown, starting April 17 at their web site.

Digiturf.com was one of the pioneers in the virtual horse racing phenomenon.

If you’ve never heard of virtual horse racing before then you are about to learn something new.

The site created simulated racehorses that can be trained to race for online championship titles.

Those  pixelated racehorses might look just like cartoons but they can give real racehorses a run for their money — and they can make more money than many people earn in a year.

Right, you make real money.

The Virtual Triple Crown kicks off  Digiturf.com’s 28th season in the business of racing virtual horses. It is made up of numerous qualifying races over sprint, classic and stayer distances into the championship finals — because as with true to real life racing, virtual horses also need to qualify for their place in the championships.

The 14 horses to earn the most points in those qualifiers will be entered into the Kentucky Derby Championship, Preakness Stakes Championship, and Belmont Stakes Championship.

Then the best horses in the world of virtual horse racing compete over their most competitive distances for prizes worth over $6,600 (US). Digiturf.com sponsors unlimited qualifiers with $100 (US) each, plus each corresponding championship is worth an additional $500 (US).

Just check it out. It’s kind of interesting.

I did.

Yeah, it’s online gambling. But it’s also a helluva lot of fun.

The people who run the site invite all of us to go virtual on April 17, 2010 — start training your horses, and compete for this year’s winning title.

Next week, it’s back to reporting on real racing. OK?

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