More Online Platforms Are Available For PA Horse Racing Bettors

Written By Corey Sharp on June 5, 2023
PA horse racing bettors now have several new apps they can use to wager on all the big events.

The first two legs of the Triple Crown are completed, which leaves PA horse racing bettors with one more big event in the series.

Horse racing fans can bet on the Belmont Stakes using a number of apps that weren’t previously available, including Caesars Racebook, which launched late last month.

Caesars Racebook launches in Pennsylvania

The Caesars brand recently announced on Twitter the release of Caesars Racebook. It is also available to horse racing bettors in Colorado, too.

Players in these states can earn Caesars Rewards credits for every wager placed on Caesars Racebook. They can redeem the credits for hotel stays and dining experiences at any Caesars-branded establishment.

Bettors are required to register using a different account than the one used for Caesars Sportsbook and casino.

FanDuel Racing a popular option for PA horse betting

FanDuel Racing used to be one of the few options PA horse racing bettors had available. Now, FanDuel has more competition on its hands.

In some states, FanDuel has a leg-up by offering a single wallet for FanDuel Sportsbook and horse racing users. However, the single wallet is only available in these states, which does not include Pennsylvania:

  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • Virginia

FanDuel offers daily promotions such as Win Bet Insurance on the Race of the Day, or a No Sweat Bet on a Triple Crown event.

DraftKings debuts DK Horse app in Pennsylvania

DraftKings initially launched DK Horse in 12 states late in March, but Pennsylvania was not included.

In a quiet announcement since, DraftKings finally added DK Horse to the Pennsylvania market.

DK Horse is now live in 16 states, but does not include mature betting locations such as New Jersey and Nevada.

DraftKings is in a multi-year partnership with Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), in which TwinSpires, CDI’s subsidiary, agreed to power pari-mutuel betting technology for DK Horse.

“Together with Churchill Downs Incorporated, an industry leader with a deep-rooted history in horse racing, we will deliver an innovative, mobile customer experience,” said Jason Robins, CEO and Chairman of the Board of DraftKings, in a press release. “Our goal is to provide our customers with best-in-class-sports and gaming products, and we expect DK Horse to provide a fun and new way to engage with renowned races like the upcoming Run for the Roses.”

DraftKings was unable to include the DK Horse app into a single wallet. Bettors must register and deposit funds into a separate account from DraftKings online casino and sportsbook.

PointsBet Racing also goes live for PA horse bettors

PointsBet is exiting the sports betting and online casino industry in the US after Fanatics$150 million buyout. However, PointsBet isn’t going out quietly, as the company has expanded its horse racing footprint.

PointsBet launched a standalone app, PointsBet Racing, in 25 states, including Pennsylvania.

PointsBet entered a multi-year partnership with 1/ST Technology, which powers the advance deposit pari-mutuel wagering platform.

The PointsBet Racing app will include:

  • Live streaming
  • Replay capabilities
  • Single user account sign on
  • Top statistical and favorite factor compilation
  • New user educational tools

Johnny Aitken, PointsBet USA CEO, said in a release:

“The launch of PointsBet Racing marks a significant milestone in our efforts to expand our product portfolio and capture the tremendous potential of the US horse racing market. We are optimistic about replicating the success we have seen in mature global betting markets where racing is a huge engagement channel next to sports. This new offering will contribute to the growth of online horse racing in the US and we are excited to get live in advance of one of the most important racing events of the year.”

Photo by Julia Nikhinson / AP
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Corey Sharp is the Lead Writer at PlayPennsylvania bringing you comprehensive coverage of sports betting and gambling in Pennsylvania. Corey is a 4-for-4 Philly sports fan and previously worked as a writer and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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