Horse racing has long been popular in the state of Arizona and tracks such as Turf Paradise and Rillito Park Race Track are mainstays. Arizona has one legal online site available for horse racing as well at TVG.com. The state also has plenty of OTBs available throughout the state as well.
The Grand Canyon State is home to tribal casinos, horse and dog racing, and an official Arizona state lottery.
Arizona offers live horse racing at three major tracks – thoroughbreds at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, quarter horses at Rillito Park in Tucson and both breeds at the soon-to-reopen Arizona Downs (formerly Yavapai Downs) in Prescott – as well as at four fairgrounds tracks.
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Friday fun: This fantastic photo by Resul Kurtbedin Photography from 2015 shows the horse in flight. Proving that all four hooves actually do leave the ground simultaneously was one of the motivating factors behind the invention of modern camera systems. Thank you Resul! #vivarillito
The state also has a network of more than two dozen off-track betting locations where patrons can wager on Arizona races as well as simulcasts from other U.S. (and occasionally overseas) tracks.
Arizona horse racing betting sites
- DRF Bets Horse Racing Site
- Xpressbet (Arizona residents can only place their horse racing bets through the phone)
State laws in 2020 do not allow for online wagering on horse racing, but at least two advance deposit wagering sonline ites, DRFBets.com and Xpressbet.com, offer limited service for Arizona residents.
By law, customers in the state cannot bet on races in Arizona and can only wager on tracks that are simulcast by Turf Paradise. They also can access handicapping information online but are required to place bets through an automated telephone service. Check more betting apps in the state.
The state already has sports betting at tribal casinos, but it has been listed as among the dozens of states considering expanding sports betting following a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, so the legal landscape could change in the not-too-distant future.