The Sunshine State is rich in horse racing opportunities. There are no less than three racetracks where Florida horse bettors can get some action on the ponies. For thoroughbred fans, they can choose from among Gulfstream Park or Tampa Downs. For those who lean more toward the sulky set, there’s harness racing at Isle Casino Pompano Park. Hialeah Park currently only offers simulcast wagering. Opened in 1971, Calder Race Course held its final thoroughbred race meet in 2020.
Florida Best Horse Betting Promos
Florida Horse Betting Sites And Mobile Apps
Every one of the major horse race wagering online and mobile sites are available to Florida horse bettors:
- DRF Bets
- NYRA Bets
- 1/ST BET
- BetMGM Horse Racing App
Current Bonus Offers by Florida Horse Betting Sites
|Horse Racing Sites||Betting Offers|
|DRF Bets||$200 first-deposit match, unlimited DRF Classic, and Formulator Past Performances|
|TwinSpires FL||$200 signup bonus, best odds, live races and highlights, 24/7 support|
|TVG online||Get up to $200, Money Back Special on select races|
|BetMGM Horse Racing App||100% match up to $200, insurance promos, horse racing’s guide|
1/ST BET Florida
At 1/ST BET, all new players receive a $10 credit, as well as $1,000 in bonus funds.
Betting Features: Rewards points every Tuesday and other weekly offers, handicap-free tools.
AmWager’s new players are welcomed with a $300 first deposit bonus.
Betting Features: Dutch wagering modifiers, race replays, free bet, current and historical horse race results.
DRF Bets Florida
DRF Bets delivers to newcomers a 100 percent matching first deposit bonus worth up to $200.
Betting Features: stakes preview, handicapping tools, unlimited DRF Classic, and Formulator Past Performances, Free Beyer Speed Figures.
TVG provides new players with a 50 percent matching signup bonus on their first deposit. This offer maxes out at $200.
Betting Features: TVG Expert Picks, Free Past Performances Program, Money Back Special on select races, live streams from tracks around the US and beyond.
NYRA Bets FL
Newcomers to NYRA Bets are recipients of a $25 free bet, as well as a 100 percent matching first deposit bonus that’s worth up to a maximum of $200.
Betting Features: Free live video streaming (HD live and replay) on Thoroughbred, Harness and Quarter horse racing and race replays nationwide, free handicapping tips, swap positions quickly for Exacta, Tri & Supers.
Florida’s Popular Online Horse Bet Types & Races
Fans of straight bets can go for the gusto and play a win wager. Those who are less certain are able to opt for a place wager, which cashes if the horse finishes first or second, or a show wager, offering a payout on a finish anywhere in the top three. By playing an across-the-board bet, the bettor gets all three options. That means a winning horse would also pay out on its place and show prices.
Small timers seeking to win big often tilt toward the exotic wagering options. These can be exactas, picking the top two finishers of the race, trifectas (the top three finishers), superfectas (the top four finishers) and quinellas (the top two finishers in either order.
Daily doubles require picking the winners of two consecutive races. There are also Pick 3, 4 and 6 options as well as Pick All options for the truly bold.
To add to their chance to win, exotic bettors will box horses, meaning the group in their box can finish in any order. Bettors can also key one horse into an exotic wagering position and then wheel other horses around that horse to also try to increase their chances of winning.
Major Horse Betting Events In The USA That You Can Bet On In Florida
|6-05||700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY, 40208||TVG|
|20-05||5201 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215||AmWager|
|10-06||2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003||AmWager|
Gulfstream’s Florida Derby, a Grade I stakes at 1⅛ miles for three-year-olds with a $750,000 purse, is considered one of the major preps for Triple Crown horses. The Pegasus World Cup is an invitational event that features a $3 million dirt race and a $1 million turf race.
Tampa Bay Downs features 26 stakes races. Grade II events include The Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, a Kentucky Derby prep, and the Hillsborough Stakes. Grade III stakes include the $100,000 Michelob Ultra Challenger Stakes, the Florida Oaks, and the Sam F. Davis Stakes, another Kentucky Derby prep.
The FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes are featured at Pompano Park.
Florida Horse Racing Betting Legal Overview
Tampa Bay Downs opened in 1926. The track also offers poker, golf, and dining. Opened in 1939, Gulfstream Park races year round. The Championship Meet goes December-March. The Royal Palm Meet runs April-September and the Flamingo Festival Meet in October-November. Gulfstream is the only North American track with turf, tapeta and dirt surfaces.
Known as the Winter Capital of harness racing, Pompano Park offers live harness racing. The track has operated since 1964.
- Gulfstream Park – 901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009. Gulfstream offers live thoroughbred racing 12 months a year.
- Hialeah Park – 100 E 32nd St • Hialeah, FL 33013. Offering only simulcast racing.
- Pompano Park – 777 Isle Of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach FL. Offering live harness racing from October-April.
- Tampa Bay Downs – 11225 Race Track Road, Tampa Florida 33626. Contests live thoroughbred racing from November-June.
Florida Horse Betting FAQs
Gulfstream, Hialeah Park, Pompano Park, and Tampa Bay Downs all offer daily simulcast wagering from across North America. Florida horse players are able to live stream races via NYRA Bets, DRF Bets, TwinSpires, AmWager, 1/ST BET, 123Bet, and DayAtTheTrack.com.
18 or older for pari-mutuel horse wagering.
TwinSpires.com, TVG.com, NYRABets.com, and BetMGM are the top horse wagering platforms in Sunshine State.