It should go without saying that the horse racing industry in Kentucky is thriving. This goes for their many tracks including Church Hill Downs, their OTB’s, and their online sites as well. Wagering on horse racing isn’t going anywhere in Kentucky.

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Wagering on horse races in Kentucky is only possible online. Sites like BetAmerica, TVG and Xpressbet offer odds and some good promotions in 2020.

The Bluegrass States is the so-called cradle of the U.S. thoroughbred breeding industry and a major center of horse racing in USA.

The state is home to five thoroughbred horse racing tracks, including Churchill Downs, home of the most famous horse race in America and possibly the world – the Kentucky Derby. The Louisville oval, which opened in 1875, has hosted 144 annual renewals of the storied race, the first leg in the Triple Crown.

Churchill Downs

But Churchill Downs is hardly the only jewel in the Kentucky racing constellation: Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington hosts top-quality racing meetings in the spring and fall.

Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs in Franklin holds a short five-day meet with astronomical purses in late summer over its undulating and oddly shaped European style turf course.

Ellis Park in Henderson and Turfway Park in Florence

Ellis Park in Henderson and Turfway Park in Florence both offer more workmanlike racing, but both are well supported by the state’s robust horse racing industry.

Standardbred harness racing

Standardbred harness racing also is conducted at the Red Mile in Lexington and a new harness racing facility, to be operated jointly by Churchill Downs and Keeneland, is expected to open as soon as 2019 in Oak Grove, a small community in western Kentucky.

The state also has a lottery and allows charitable gaming. Casinos are barred, but the state has  recently authorized historical racing machines – slot machine-like contraptions operated at the racing venues that help support purses.

As you would expect in a state that has made horse racing such an integral part of its identity, advance deposit wagering, via phone or Internet, is legal and provided by all licensed U.S. providers, including the homegrown TwinSpires. It is operated by Churchill Downs.

The state also is exploring sports gambling, with two bills before the Legislature in 2019/2020. Racing entities would likely have a leg up on providing such services.