Standardbred racing rules the roost in the state of Maine. Live harness racing is contested at Hollywood Casino Bangor Raceway six months out of the year. The site is also home to a Hollywood Casino, featuring a hotel, dining, and entertainment.
Besides, there are nine fair tracks – Northern Maine Fair, Topsham Fair, Skowhegan State Fair, Union Fair, Windsor Fair, Oxford County Fair, Farmington Fair, Cumberland Fair, and Fryeburg Fair – that contest brief standardbred meets in the summer and early fall.
Maine Horse Betting Sites And Mobile Apps
Hollywoodraces.com, WatchandWager.com, and DayattheTrack.com all offer access to their horse race wagering online and mobile sites to Maine horse bettors.
- Hollywood Races
- Watch and Wager
- Day at the Track
Current Bonus Offers by Maine Horse Betting Sites
|Horse Racing Sites||Betting Promotions|
|Hollywoodraces.com||$200 sign-up offer, free expert picks, the loyalty program for top players|
|WatchandWager.com||Bonus up to $25, free horse racing contests, refer-a-friend bonus|
|Dayatthetrack.com Maine||$400 sign-up bonus, live video, race replays|
Maine’s Popular Online Horse Bet Types & Races
Straight wagers offered at Maine race tracks include a win bet (you win if your horse finishes first), place (you win if your horse finishes first or second), and a show bet (you win if your horse finishes first, second, or third). Additionally, an across-the-board wager is placing a wager on your horse to win, place, and show. For e.g. a $2 bet “across-the-board” would be a $6 wager.
Exotic Wagers available to Maine horse players are exacta (picking two horses to finish first and second in exact order) trifecta (picking three horses to finish first, second, and third in exact order), and superfecta (picking four horses to finish first, second, third, and fourth in exact order). The daily double requires picking the winners of two races that are designated Daily Double races. The daily double wager must be played prior to the start of the first of the two designated races.
The Pick 3 entails picking the winners of three races that are designated Pick 3 races. With this play, wagers must be placed before the contesting of the first of the three races.
In the case of exotic wagers, horses may be boxed, enabling them to finish in any order. They can also be wheeled, where a horse is keyed into a specific position in the bet, and other horses are wheeled around the horse into the other available finishing positions.
Major US Horse Betting Events That You Can Bet On In Maine
Each October, Bangor Raceway plays host to the day of champions for the Maine Sires Stakes. There are finals for all ages, sex, and gaits in each of the MSS divisions held on this day to determine the best of the Maine-bred horses for that year.
Maine Horse Racing Betting Legal Overview
A tradition in Maine since 1950, the final card of live standardbred racing was conducted at Scarborough Downs in 2020. The track also now serves solely as a simulcasting operator.
Standardbred racing began at Bass Park in Bangor in the early 1890s, the site of today’s Bangor Raceway. Scarborough Downs opened as a night thoroughbred track in 1950. They went to a split thoroughbred/standard meet in 1969 and completely to the standardbreds by 1973. Lewiston Raceway was another Maine track that went out of business in the late 1980s.
Finally, in 1993, the Maine state government approved racinos for tracks. While Bangor Raceway embraced the concept, Scarborough Downs rejected the idea.
In 2003 voters passed a statewide referendum to allow Scarborough Downs to install slot machines at the track, but local voters in both Scarborough and later Saco and Westbrook (where Scarborough Downs had proposed alternate sites) rejected the proposal.
Hollywood Casino Bangor – 500 Main St., Bangor ME 04401. Offering live standardbred racing from April-July and September-October.
Maine Online Horse Betting FAQs
Both Scarborough Downs and Hollywood Casino Bangor offer simulcast wagering from tracks around the world. Hollywood Casino Bangor also streams all of its own live racing cards. Maine horse bettors are also able to live stream races via 1/ST Bet, Dayatthetrack.com, and 123Bet.
18 for pari-mutuel horse wagering.
Hollywoodraces.com and WatchandWager.com are the main horse wagering platforms in the state.