Here is our short Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Betting Guide. In the USA you can bet on the races in 2020 at: BetAmerica, Twinspires, 4NJBets, Nyra Bets and DRF Bets. There you can also find some good and FREE betting picks and predictions made by the bookies’ racing experts.
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Almost all U.S. racetracks, OTBs and race books offer betting on the ‘Arc, though in some cases those bets must be placed the day before because of the time difference. Nearly every U.S. advance deposit wagering (ADW) racebooks, including: TwinSpires.com, TVG.com and NYRABets.com, also offer betting on the race in states where pari-mutuel wagering is legal. If you don’t already have an ADW account, it pays to shop around for special promotional deals.
The New York Racing Association, which operates NYRABets.com, also has partnered with France Galop, the nonprofit that runs thoroughbred horse racing in France, to offer an international Pick 4 wager featuring races on both sides of the Atlantic.
You can bet on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the following US states:
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
What is Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, named after one of Paris’ most famed monuments, is also one of the world’s most prestigious turf races.
A slogan that debuted in 2003 brags on it’s connection to the Arc de Triomphe, ordered built by Napolean in 1806 and inaugurated in 1836 by French King Louis Phillipe: “Ce n’est pas une course; c’est un monument” – “It’s not a race; it’s a monument.”
The race, run on the first weekend in October for thoroughbreds 3 and older, is contested at 2400 meters (just shy of 1 ½ miles) on the Longchamp racecourse in the Bois de Boulogne, a large public park located along the western edge of the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The course includes a famous hill that provides a stern late challenge to horses contesting the “’Arc,” as it is commonly known.
The race, which last year had a purse of 5 million euros (nearly $5.6 million U.S.) has been run almost annually since 1920, the exception being a two-year interruption during World War II.
If you plan on attending, you’ll want to line up tickets in advance. Even though Longchamps accommodates up to 50,000 souls, European fans flock to the race and the grounds are quite crowded. You can check ticket availability at parislongchamp.com/en/infos-pratiques, though third-party ticket sellers also will have tickets and packages.
The good news, if you want to look at it that way, is that the price of admission is being reduced in 2019 – from 75 euros to 65 euros (about $75 U.S.). The price of entre to the Jardin de l’Arc enclosure – described as “the biggest pub in Paris” – will drop from 30 euros to 20. That apparently is in response to widespread complaints last year about long lines and poor customer service following a costly renovation to the premises. Track management has vowed to remedy that this year.
Where to watch The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe?
If you can’t attend in person The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, your best bet is online. Almost all U.S. advance deposit wagering services offer betting on European racing and provide track video feeds, though you’ll want to make sure before you sign up.
Television works if you have a package that includes the horse racing network TVG.
Short of that, if you’re on the East Coast you can likely catch the race at your nearest racetrack or OTB. On the West Coast, it’s not so simple. Unless someone’s doing a special event around the ‘Arc, you’re probably out of luck because of the time differential.
There are ways to stream the race onto a mobile device, but it gets somewhat complicated. Google it if you are up for a challenge.
You can make predictions on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe here.