Ohio Horse Racing Bettors Will Have New Option with Caesars Racebook App

Ohio Horse Racing Bettors Will Have New Option with Caesars Racebook App
By Lou Monaco

Horse racing bettors in Ohio will have another mobile app to use for wagering. 

NYRA Bets and Caesars Sportsbook announced Wednesday the Caesars Racebook app is live and available in Ohio. On Wednesday, Florida was also announced as a state going live, with plans to add additional states throughout the year. 

Those new Ohio bettors registering for the Caesars Racebook app will be eligible for a 100% first deposit match up to $500, according to a news release.  

Caesars Sportsbook and the New York Racing Association in January announced an initial partnership deal making Caesars the official sports betting marketing partner in New York and the title sponsor of the NYRA Turf Triple Series at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. 

There are Plans for 30 More States

“The launch of Caesars Racebook is an important milestone as we continue to add wagering opportunities for our customers and livestreaming content for the first time,” Dan Shapiro, senior vice president and chief development officer of Caesars Digital, said in a news release. “Caesars Racebook is truly differentiated as the first horse racing advance deposit wagering app to include our award-winning Caesars Rewards loyalty program.

“We look forward to welcoming new horse racing customers and existing fans onto the platform and to working with NYRA Bets to grow horse racing as we deploy Caesars Racebook with plans to launch in about 30 states across the country.” 

Ohio sports betting was signed into law last December, but has yet to launch. Horse race wagering is legal in the state.

The state announced Wednesday the universal start date in Ohio will be Jan. 1, 2023.

The first two legs of the Triple Crown are complete. An 80-1 longshot, Rich Strike, won the Kentucky Derby on May 7. Two weeks later, Early Voting captured the Preakness in Baltimore. The Belmont is set for June 11 in Elmont, New York.

Caesars & the NYRA Bets Platform

According to the news release, Caesars Racebook uses the NYRA Bets platform for pari-mutuel wagering on horse races from more than 250 racetracks.

The app allows betting on major races at tracks in the U.S. and internationally, including Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course, Del Mar, Santa Anita and Keeneland. Caesars also has wagering at its tracks — Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Horseshoe Indianapolis, Harrah’s Philadelphia and Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs, the release said. 

“The new Caesars Racebook app, which utilizes the NYRA Bets interface and technology, will expand access to world-class horse racing now and in the future,” Matt Feig, general manager of NYRA Bets, said in the release. “The partnership between NYRA Bets and Caesars is a win for horse racing, its stakeholders and countless racetracks around the world.”

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Lou Monaco
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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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