Can You Bet Horse Racing in the FanDuel & DraftKings Sportsbook Apps?
Sarah Stier/Getty Images. Pictured: Horses compete in the 2021 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby draws the most betting traction of the three Triple Crown events. If you’re someone looking to make a splash in the most exciting two minutes in sports on Saturday, or betting any other horse race, you’re probably wondering if it’s offered on popular sportsbook apps in your state.
In many states, you can’t bet right in the FanDuel and DraftKings apps. You need a separate app, or another platform like TwinSpires.
States differ in terms of where and how you can place bets on the Derby and other horse races online. FanDuel has states where you can bet through their regular sportsbook platform, FanDuel Racing’s standalone app and their other owned and operated app, TVG. It’s available in 30+ states, and TVG is available in another eight.
We broke down each state below, but in many states where sports betting is legal, you can bet right in the FanDuel Sportsbook app.
DraftKings released a separate and apart horse racing app, DK Horse, which is live in 15 states for the Derby, but you’ll need a separate app for it.
Here’s how you can bet the Kentucky Derby at FanDuel and DraftKings, though in many states you’ll need a separate app.
How to Bet Horse Racing at FanDuel
FanDuel provided a list of where you can bet through the sportsbook app, and where there’s a separate app:
- FanDuel Sportsbook or FanDuel Racing App: CO, IL, IN, LA, MD, MA, MI, NY, OH, PA, VA, WV, or WY
- FanDuel Racing App: AR, CA, DE, FL, KY, NH, NM, ND, OR, RI, SD, and VT
- TVG: AZ, CT, IA, ID, MN, MT, NJ, or WA
FanDuel Racing has a $20 no-sweat first bet offer live for the Kentucky Derby. So any wager up to $20 will be returned if it loses.
For instance, you place $20 on front-runner Forte (3/1 odds) to win. This would either return a $40 payout with a victory or $20 in bonus bets back if the field wins.
You can use this offer on any simple, exotic or horizontal wagers for the race.
There is no actual promo code needed to access this offer.
How to Bet the Kentucky Derby at DraftKings
The DK Horse app allows bettors to wager on the Kentucky Derby, handicap and stream video of races in one account. The only thing is that you must register and deposit funds into new accounts separate from your other DraftKings accounts in order to bet with DK Horse.
DK Racing has a 100% deposit bonus of up to $250 for the race. They require a minimum deposit of $25 and a 2x play-through. This means if you deposit $25, you’ll receive $25 in bonus bets, but must wager twice that amount before seeing the bonus value.
DK Racing: CO, FL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MN, MT, OR, PA, VA, WA, WV, or WY
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