Iowa currently has two horse racing tracks in operation and players are able to bet online as well through several online sites. The tracks act as OTB’s as well and races from all over the country can be accessed for wagering.
The Hawkeye State also is considering legislation authorizing sports wagering, and the Iowa horseman’s group has sought to become the sole license holder in the state, which could significantly impact the state racing industry’s fortunes. Iowa permits betting on horse and dog racing, as well as excursion boat gambling and many types of gaming in commercial and tribal casinos. It also has Iowa state lottery.
Iowa has one live horse racing venue – Prairie Meadows Racecourse in the Des Moines suburb of Altoona. It hosts both thoroughbred and quarter horse meets. Harness racing of standardbreds continues to be run at some county fairs, but betting is not allowed.
In addition, Iowa is home to two other racinos:
- Horseshoe Council Bluffs
- the Q Casino in Dubuque sportsbook
Both are formerly held greyhound dog races but now make payments to the nonprofit operator of the state’s sole remaining dog track, the Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque.
ADW sites advertise that they accept online bets on horse races from Iowa residents.
Iowa Horse Racing Betting Sites
Yes, XpressBet.com is also among Iowa horse racing betting sites. However, the Iowa HBPA has recently complained that ADW online providers are doing business in the state without getting licensed and urged the state to crack down on the practice. Here is a list of all bet apps in Iowa.
Iowa allows advance deposit wagering enabling online or phone betting on horse racing and has issued a license under a unique arrangement involving Prairie Meadows, the Iowa HBPA, representative of the state’s horsemen, and TVG.com.