There is still live horse racing in South Dakota, but the sport is clearly hanging on by a thread in the state. Fort Pierre contested two days of live thoroughbred and quarter horse racing in October of 2021. They are the last track still operational in the state. There is funding for racing there again in 2022. However, beyond next year, the future is uncertain as far as South Dakota horse racing is concerned.
In its heyday, South Dakota horse racing featured an eight-day meet at Fort Pierre and a seven-day meet in Aberdeen. In 2019, North East Area Horse Racing, the Aberdeen meet’s horse racing organization, announced that after 60 years of horse racing, Aberdeen would cease to hold races.
Best South Dakota Online Horse Betting Offers
South Dakota Horse Betting Sites and Mobile Apps
There is one off-track betting site offering simulcast wagering in the state – the Triple Crown Casino in North Sioux City. ADW services available in the state include AmWager, TVG, NYRA Bets, DRF Bets, BetPTC, TwinSpires, and 1/ST BET.
- NYRA Bets
- DRF Bets
- 1/ST BET
TOP Bonuses by South Dakota Horse Betting Sites
|Horse Racing Sites||Betting Promos|
|AmWager||$300 first-deposit match, pool wagering, current and historical horse race results|
|TwinSpires South Dakota||$200 signup bonus, best odds, live races and highlights, 24/7 support|
|1/ST BET online||Get up to $100, free personalized handicapping tools, race replays, and access to past results|
AmWager South Dakota
Legal in South Dakota Amwager offers new players the chance to choose their own signup bonus from among two options. Firstly, there’s a $300 first-deposit match. To gain the total value of the bonus, players must make the first deposit of $100 and then wager at least $100 through their first 30 days as an AmWager customer.
The second option is a $500 cash-back offer. Players who opt for this signup bonus will receive 10 percent cash back on every wager during their first 30 days as an AmWager customer. To access the full $500 cash back they would need to wager at least $5,000 over that initial 30-day period.
Betting Features: pool wagering, race replays, free bet, current and historical horse race results.
TwinSpires South Dakota
TwinSpires offers a $200 signup bonus to new customers. The $200 bonus cash will be credited instantly after $500 in completed wagers are played.
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.
First Bet South Dakota
1/ST BET’s new players can choose from among three signup bonus options. They can get a $20 match for their first $20 wagered, a $100 match for their first $500 wagered, or a $10 match per $100 up to a total match of $500. A bettor would need to wager $5,000 to max out the latter offer. They have 90 days to fulfill the bonus requirements of each offer.
Betting Features: Rewards points every Tuesday and other weekly offers, cash prizes in regular handicapping contests.
TVG South Dakota
Get up to $200 Back If your first single-horse win bet doesn’t win. TVG also fees on your first deposit of $50 or more.
Betting Features: TVG Expert Picks for everyday, Free Past Performances Program, Money Back Special on select races.
Major Horse Betting Events In The USA That You Can Bet On In SD
|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|
Horse Racing History
The Verendrye Benevolent Association, a non-profit organization, has operated Fort Pierre horse racing for more than 70 years. For years, Fort Pierre contested a spring meet. However, in 2019, when a late snowfall made racing impossible, the decision was made to move the meet to the fall. It was also decided to shorten the number of days in the meet in order to increase the purse structure.
The result of the switches was the arrival of more mature horses since spring racing tends to be dominated by younger horses learning to race. The improved purses attracted a better caliber of horse, leading to more competitive racing.
South Dakota Online Horse Betting FAQs
There is only one off-track betting location left in North Sioux City.
21 years to place online horse bets in South Dakota.
TVG, NYRA Bets, DRF Bets, TwinSpires, and 1/ST BET are the top horse-wagering platforms in Cotton State.