A Day at the Derby Slot from Rival Gaming


What race brings together mint juleps, roses and horses? The most famous horse race in the US of course – the Kentucky Derby. This cartoon-like and entertaining Rival Gaming slot is based on the Kentucky Derby. It includes a free spins game, unique horse race bonus feature and the chance to land up to 2500 coins on a win-line during regular play too.

The introduction sequence for this slot sums things up nicely. Rivalry between the jockeys, the winner getting showered in roses and mint julep swilling race goers enjoying a bet. You’ll find the sound effects (think thundering hooves) and imagery on A Day at the Derby fits this perfectly.

Winning Spins on A Day at the Derby

You’ll want to see the jockey with the green cap on the reels as often as possible on this real money slot. This is the highest paying symbol, which will give you 2500 coins for landing 5 on one of the 20 win-lines. There are 500 coins for 4 and 75 coins for 3.

Your chances could be improved by the brown horses, which are the wild symbols. These do not have any payouts of their own, and only appear on reels 1, 2 and 3. What the brown horse does is substitute for any other symbol (except for the white horse bonus symbol) to create winning combinations. You will often find these wilds produce wins on multiple lines at the same time.

I am happy to see that this is another Rival Gaming slot which does not use playing card symbols on the reels – instead keeping all of the symbols on-theme.

In reverse order of prizes, you will find a gold trophy, bouquet of red roses, female and male race goers, mint julep drink, horseshoes, betting slips and binoculars.

Bonus Games on A Day at the Derby

There are two different bonus games. First a free spins round, and second I cover the break out horse-race bonus.

Free spins are triggered when you get the jockey with the blue cap on the reels. If you hit 3 then you get 5 free spins, 4 gets you 10 spins and the maximum 5 triggers 20 free spins. The game stays the same while the spins occur, though all your wins have a 3x multiplier. This makes the top win (5 of the green hatted jockey) up to a big 7500 coins.

The second bonus is a break out game. This is triggered by 3 of the white horses on the reels. First you go to a screen where you see 3 horses, 2 are brown and one a white. You click on one horse, which will then represent you in the race. Next the race occurs (with a photo finish at the end for some added excitement). The amount you win is randomly generated, with the biggest prizes for this winner. 2nd place can generate some worthwhile wins too.

Setup and Options for A Day at the Derby

This slot uses the standard 5 reel, 3 row grid – and has 20 win lines crossing from the left to the right. There is a wide range of bets available. As with most Rival Gaming slots, you can choose the size of your coin (up to $1), how many coins per line (up to 10) and how many lines to play (up to 20). This makes the smallest spin for all the lines just 20c, and the largest $200. You can use the built-in autoplay if you prefer.

Visually, this slot is very bright and vivid, while maintaining a cartoon look and feel. When the reels spin they reveal a curved view of the racetrack behind. The thundering hooves sound when you spin is certainly unique, with different drum sounds when the reels come to rest. There are animations inside the symbols when you hit wins – for example the betting slip swapping out for some money or the two horse shoes striking each other. This theme continues into the bonus game, where the cartoon horse race is nicely produced and certainly worth a look.

Overall Experience

This is a fun slot, which is different enough from the crowd to be noteworthy. I enjoyed the break out bonus game, though can see how this might get a little stale after a few times. The free spins rounds are less visually interesting, though the 3x multiplier can mean wins mount up quickly.

Overall an enjoyable slot from Rival Gaming, and one to check out for yourself soon!

About the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is the most famous horse race in the US, and takes place on the first Saturday in May at the Churchill Downs race course in Louisville Kentucky. This is a grade 1 race which is reserved for 3 year old thoroughbreds, the distance is 1.25 miles. The Kentucky Derby was first run in 1875, and has been held every year since.

This race makes up the first leg of what is known as the ‘triple crown’. These are the 3 top races in the US with the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes being the other two legs.

There are many traditions which go with this race. It even has its own drink, in the form of the mint julep. This is based on bourbon, with mint and sugar. Roses, which now shower the winner, are another notable tradition.

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