There is one sanctioned horse racing meet held each year in Tennessee. The Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville is a spring meet. Percy Warner Park holds these competitions each May. And it is completely free of betting. Pari-mutuel wagering on live horse racing has been against the law in the state of Tennessee for nearly 120 years.
The Lincoln County Fair conducts harness racing each year. Again, no wagering is permitted. Non-sanctioned quarter horse racing is contested at Carril de Memphis.
However, the only method through which to wager on horse racing in Tennessee is through advance deposit wagering sites that are federally regulated. Among those that operate in Tennessee are TwinSpires, 1/ST BET, AmWager, DRF Bets, and NYRA Bets.
Best Tennessee Horse Betting Offers
Tennessee Horse Betting Sites and Mobile Apps
- 1/ST BET
- DRF Bets
- NYRA Bets
TOP Bonuses by Tennessee Horse Betting Sites
|Horse Racing Sites||Betting Promotions|
|AmWager||$300 first-deposit match, pool wagering, daily cash rewards|
|TwinSpires Tennessee||$200 signup bonus, free play daily & weekly options, live races and highlights|
|1/ST BET online||Get up to $100, free personalized handicapping tools, race replays, and access to past results|
Legal in Tennessee Amwager offers new players in Tennessee 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 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 Tennessee
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.
Popular Online Horse Bet Types & Races
Straight bets offered at Tennessee betting sites include win, place, show, and across-the-board (win-place-show).
Exotic wagers provided include exacta (top two finishers in the race), trifecta (top three finishers in the race), superfecta (top four finishers in the race), and hexafecta / Exact-6 (top six finishers in the race). They also offer boxed (horses can finish in any order) and wheeled (one horse keyed and others can finish in any order) wagering on all of these bets.
Major US Horse Betting Events
|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 history of horse racing in Tennessee extends back to 1804. By the 1830s, the sport had gained a massive level of popularity within the Volunteer State. At the time, there were 10 racetracks and 20 official jockey clubs operational in Tennessee. Both thoroughbred and standardbred racing were popular in the state.
Little Brown Jug, the standardbred for whom the most famous harness race in the USA is named, was bred in Tennessee. In 1853, the richest horse race ever was held at Burn’s Island Track near Nashville. At the time, the purse of $35,00 for the Peyton Stakes broke all records.
In 1905, Tennessee made illegal wagering on horse racing. The latest attempt to legalize pari-mutuel wagering in the state died on the floor of the Tennessee state assembly in 2019.
Tennessee Online Horse Betting FAQs
21 for pari-mutuel horse wagering.
There are no racetracks and off-track betting facilities in the state.
TwinSpires, 1/ST BET, DRF Bets, and NYRA Bets are the top horse-wagering platforms in the Volunteer State.