Ohio Horse Racing Fans Geared Up for Kentucky Derby

Ohio Horse Racing Fans Geared Up for Kentucky Derby
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

With the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby a day away at Churchill Downs in the neighboring state of Kentucky, it is an exciting weekend for Ohio sports betting.

Some Ohioans have made the trip over the border to celebrate Derby Week, while others will be staying home to wager at any of the state's eight racetracks.

This year, for the first time, resident of the state can go on Ohio sportsbook apps to wager on the Reds or Guardians, or maybe the NBA or NHL playoffs, while they wait for post time.

Ohio Horse Racing Scene

Louisville is a mere 250 miles (3 hours, 52 minutes) from the border of Ohio.

The Buckeye State operates three thoroughbred and quarter horse tracks: Belterra Park (Cincinnati), Mahoning Valley Race Course (Youngstown) and JACK Thistledown (North Randall), as well as four harness tracks: Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Miami Valley Raceway (Lebanon), Northfield Park and Scioto Downs (Columbus).

Many of the tracks will be holding Kentucky Derby Watch parties with food and drink specials throughout the day, plus special packages available at any of the track's on-site bars or restaurants.

Other promotions include:

  • Belterra Park is offering $10,000 drawings in which 10 selected entrants each receive $1,000 in Boyd Gaming (parent company) Play! All Boyd Rewards members can earn an entry for 100 Tier Credits (limit 3) on their Boyd Rewards card at specific times on Saturday at the track.
  • A Kentucky Derby hat contest plus live racing will be at JACK Thistledown in North Randall.

Latest Derby Odds

As of late Friday, here are the top five horses currently at KentuckyDerby.com for Saturday's Run of the Roses: 

  • No. 15 Forte (7-2)
  • No. 5 Tapit Trice (6-1)
  • No. 14 Angel of Empire (6-1)
  • No. 17 Derma Sotogake (8-1)
  • No. 3 Two Phil's (8-1)

Keep it here at BetOhio.com for sports betting news and Ohio sportsbook promo codes.

And remember: Bet with your head, not over it.



Lou Monaco

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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