Daily Horse Racing Guide

Schedule, Odds, And How To Bet

Horse racing has not been immune to the COVID-19 crisis. The majority of tracks in the US were shut down, including renowned racetracks like Churchill Downs, Santa Anita and Belmont Park. As they reopened in mid-May and June for Belmont Park and the Belmont Stakes, fans have been able to enjoy watching and wagering on horse racing.

That included the added prep series races for the Kentucky Derby that concluded on Sept. 5 with Authentic (8/1) winning wire-to-wire over the prohibitive favorite Tiz the Law (3/5).

More interest in racing has continued at smaller tracks. Kentucky Downs completed it’s short six-day, $10+ million meet in September and Churchill Downs has resumed racing following the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby. The final leg of the 2020 Triple Crown is Oct. 3 at Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes on Oct. 3.

Major venues at Saratoga and Del Mar concluded their summer meets on Labor Day. But Belmont Park (Sept. 18 – Nov. 1) and Santa Anita (Sept. 25 – Oct. 25) continue their fall meets through October. The Belmont fall meet will include 22 graded stakes races and seven “Win and You’re In” qualifiers to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland. Santa Anita has six Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races on Sept. 26-27. Keeneland will run nine Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” events during its fall meet Oct. 2-24 ahead of hosting the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 6-7.

A handful of race tracks are still running on schedule, and more tracks opened without spectators at the tracks. Racing fans and bettors are able to enjoy horse racing and the Sport of Kings leading right into the Breeders’ Cup.

Tracks that are open and running racing on these days:

  • Belmont Park: (Thursday – Sunday)
  • Gulfstream Park: (Thursday – Sunday)
  • Churchill Downs: (Thursday – Sunday)
  • Golden Gate: (Thursday – Sunday)
  • Santa Anita Park: (Friday – Sunday)
  • Remington Park: (Wednesday – Saturday)
  • Monmouth Park: (Saturday – Sunday)
  • Laurel Park: (Friday – Sunday)
  • Mountaineer Park: (Sunday – Tuesday)
  • Parx Racing: (Monday – Wednesday)
  • Indiana Grand: (Monday – Thursday)
  • Thistledown: (Monday – Thursday)
  • Delaware Park: (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday)
  • Emerald Downs: (Wednesday & Thursday)

On this page you’ll find daily racing schedules, betting odds and news from selected and notable tracks. Be sure to check back every day for the latest.

Racing schedule and betting odds: Monday, Oct. 5

  • All listed Odds are Morning Line

Parx Racing

RaceTimeDetailsBetting FavoriteLive Odds
R112:55 p.m. ET6 runners I 7 F I DirtTwirling Liz (8/5)Bet at TVG
R21:22 p.m. ET7 runners I 1 M I DirtGambit (2/1) Bet at TVG
R31:49 p.m. ET6 runners I 1 M 70 yards I DirtPeyton Elizabeth (9/5) Bet at TVG
R42:16 p.m. ET10 runners 7.5 F I TurfMegalomania (3/1)Bet at TVG
R52:43 p.m. ET9 runners I 1 M I DirtFlorencia (9/5) Bet at TVG
R63:10 p.m. ET9 runners I 6 F I DirtAlmithmaar (2/1)Bet at TVG
R73:37 p.m. ET11 runners I 5.5 F I TurfSpud (3/1) Bet at TVG
R84:04 p.m. ET10 runners I 1 M I TurfGolden Spear (9/5)Bet at TVG
R94:31 p.m. ET7 runners I 6 F I DirtAppealing Future (9/5)Bet at TVG
R104:58 p.m. ET12 runners I 1 M 70 yards I DirtFinglas (5/2)Bet at TVG

Indiana Grand

Race TimeDetailsBetting Favorite Live Odds
R12:20 p.m. ET5 runners I 1 M 70 yards I DirtTimeless Glory (4/5)Bet at TVG
R22:48 p.m. ET8 runners I 1 M I TurfIndocumentado (2/1)Bet at TVG
R33:16 p.m. ET6 runners I 5.5 F I DirtTale of Fame (7/5)Bet at TVG
R43:44 p.m. ET12 runners I 1 M I TurfHot as Blue Blazes (5/2)Bet at TVG
R54:12 p.m. ET9 runners I 5.5 F I DirtPolo Art (8/5)Bet at TVG
R64:40 p.m. ET9 runners I 1 M I DirtDanang (7/2)Bet at TVG
R75:08 p.m. ET11 runners I 1 1/16 M I TurfMr Hoover (7/2)Bet at TVG
R85:36 p.m. ET10 runners I 6 F I DirtAll Eyes West (5/2)Bet at TVG
R96:04 p.m. ET12 runners I 1 1/16 M I TurfPerfectly Majestic (4/5)Bet at TVG

Daily Racing Form Racetracks and Entries

News And Notes – Daily Tips

  • Three more Breeders’ Cup entries were awarded Sunday at Keeneland when race favorite Mutasaabeq came from the far back of the pack to win the Grade 2 Bourbon Stakes and entry to the $1 million BC Juvenile Turf Nov. 6. The Grade 1 Spinster Stakes was won by Valiance (6/1), who earned entry to the $2 million BC Distaff on Nov. 7. And Bodenheimer (4/1) went wire-to-wire to win the Indian Summer Stakes and entry to the $1 million BC Juvenile Turf Sprint on Nov. 6.
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How to bet on horse racing

Types of horse racing bets can be broken down into four categories: Easy, Moderate, Hard and Difficult.

Easier bets to win

  • Win: Pick the winner of the race
  • Place: The horse you bet on must finish in first or second
  • Show: The horse you bet on must finish in first, second or third

Moderate bets to win

  • Exacta: Pick the first two finishers in order
  • Quinella: Pick the first two finishers in any order
  • Double: Pick the winner of two races in a row

Hard bets to win

  • Trifecta: Pick the first three finishers in order
  • Superfecta: Pick the first four finishers in order
  • Pick 3: Pick the winner of three races in a row

Most difficult bets to win

  • Pick 4: Pick the winner of four races in a row
  • Pick 5: Pick the winner of five races in a row
  • Pick 6: Pick the winner of six races in a row

Open horse racing tracks in the US today

Belmont Park (Thursday – Sunday)

Historic Belmont Park opened in 1905 and is located 14 miles East of New York in Elmont, NY. The track hosts some of the finest events in North American horse racing including the Belmont Stakes, which was the first leg of the 2020 Triple Crown for the first time ever June 20.

The 27-day Belmont Fall Meet runs from Sept. 18 through Nov. 1 and features seven “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races with five of them on Saturday, Oct. 11. A total 38 stakes worth $5.58 million in purse money will be run during the fall meet.

Belmont Park is one of three race tracks on the NYRA racing circuit. The track reopened for racing June 3 during the Covid-19 health crisis with no spectators allowed and strict protocols in place by the New York Racing Association and state health officials.

Belmont’s main track is known as “Big Sandy” among fans and features a long stretch to the finish line. It’s comprised of a 1 1/2 mile dirt oval – the longest dirt Thoroughbred track in North America. The main track features a Widener Turf Course which surrounds an Inner Turf course with sharper turns and longer distance races.

Thanks to the chutes and their straight away expansions to the ovals, the Belmont Park tracks also feature varying race distances. These chutes allow the running of longer distance races with horses going round in one turn, which was the case for the shortened 1 1/8 mile Belmont Stakes in 2020. This single turn ensures balance and reduces the chances of a horse being forced outside to run for much longer.

The New York Islanders (NHL) will open Belmont Arena in 2021 next to Belmont Park with sports betting and horse racing drawing more fans as legalization gains traction in New York.

Fans can follow horse racing and updates on Twitter : @TheNYRA

Gulfstream Park (Thursday – Sunday)

Gulfstream Park is located in Hallandale Beach Florida, 17 miles North of Miami. Live Thoroughbred racing takes place at Gulfstream Park from Thursday through Sunday during the Spring-Summer meet which runs April through September. Premium stakes days are on four Saturdays – Aug. 1 and 29, and Sept. 5 and 26. The race schedule consists of 10-12 races that include Claiming, Maiden, Allowance Optional Claiming and Stakes races with purses mostly less than $40,000. The majority of field sizes are 8-12 horses and first post time is 12:45 p.m. ET.

The Championship Meet starts in late November and runs through March with racing Wednesday through Sunday. Nearly 40 graded stakes make the Championship Meet one of the best in the country headlined by the Pegasus World Cup at the end of January and the Florida Derby on the final weekend of March. Track announcer Pete Aiello is one of the best in racing.

Gulfstream Park, led by the powerful Stronach Group, took a stand to continue horse racing during the COVID-19 health crisis despite an executive order from Broward County to close all non-essential businesses. The racing facility is closed to spectators during COVID-19 until further notice. However, there is a free live stream at the Gulfstream Park website and TVG.

Fans can follow horse racing and track updates on Twitter: @GulfstreamPark

Santa Anita Park (Thursday – Sunday)

Santa Anita Park, knows as The Great Race Place, is recognized as one of the country’s premier racetracks. It is located 18 miles NE of Los Angeles, in Arcadia, CA with the beautiful and majestic backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains. The track offers year-round racing thanks to favorable weather and continued support. Santa Anita Park has lush, manicured green lawns, colorful gardens and historically significant architecture.

The 2020 autumn meet will run without fans in the stands from Sept. 25 through Oct. 25. There will be 26 stakes races including seven “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challange Series races on Sept. 26-27.

Santa Anita Park is operated by the Stronach Group. Santa Anita houses three tracks – a mile long dirt track, a 9/10 of a mile long turf course and a 6 ½ furlongs long hillside turf course, which since 2019 only runs races at 5-6 furlongs.

Fans can follow horse racing and track updates on Twitter: @SantaAnitaPark

Closed horse racing tracks in the US

Here is an update on the 2020 closures and cancellations of live thoroughbred racing in the US.

TrackLocationStatus
Aqueduct RacetrackQueens, NYClosed until further notice
Belmont ParkElmont, NYResumed racing June 3. Fall meet Sept.18 - Nov. 1
Buffalo RacewayHamburg, NYClosed until further notice
Cal-Expo Race TrackSacramento, CAClosed until further notice
Canterbury ParkShakopee, MNResumed racing June 10
Charles TownCharles Town, WVResumed racing May 14
Churchill DownsLouisville, KYResumed racing May 16. Five-day meet ahead of Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby
Daytona Beach Kennel ClubDaytona Beach, FLClosed until further notice
Delaware ParkWilmington, DEShortened 65-Day Meet resumed June 17 through Oct. 17
Del MarDel Mar, CASummer meet July 10 - Sept. 7
Dover DownsDover, DEClosed until further notice
Ellis ParkHenderson, KYSummer Meet July 2 - Aug. 30
Emerald DownsAuburn, WAResumed racing June 24
Evangeline DownsOpelousas, LAResumed racing June 5
Fair Grounds Race CourseNew Orleans, LAClosed until further notice
Fairmount ParkCollinsville, ILClosed until further notice
Freehold RacewayFreehold, NJClosed until further notice
Golden Gate FieldsBerkeley, CAResumed racing May 14
Hawthorne Race CourseCicero, ILClosed until further notice
Hoosier DownsShelbyville, INClosed until further notice
Indiana GrandShelbyville, INResumed racing June 15
KeenelandLexington, KY5 day Summer Meet July 8-12. Resumes racing again Oct. 2-24 and hosts Breeders' Cup Nov. 6-7
Laurel ParkLaurel, MDResumed racing May 30
Lone Star ParkGrand Prairie, TXSuspended racing again July 5 following May 22 restart
Louisiana DownsBossier City, LAResumed Racing June 6
Mahoning ValleyYoungstown, OHClosed until further notice
MeadowlandsEast Rutherford, NJClosed until further notice
Miami ValleyLebanon, OHClosed until further notice
Monmouth ParkOceanport, NJSummer Meet Opening Day starts July 3. The $1 M Haskell is July 18.
Monticello RacewayMonticello, NYClosed until further notice
Mountaineer ParkNew Cumberland, WVOpened May 31
Northfield ParkNorthfield, OHClosed until further notice
Northville DownsNorthville, MIClosed until further notice
Orange Park Kennel ClubOrange Park, FLClosed until further notice
Palm Beach Kennel ClubWest Palm Beach, FLClosed until further notice
Parx RacingBensalem, PAClosed until further notice
Penn National Race CourseGrantville, PARacing Wed & Fri through Sept.
Pimlico Race CourseBaltimore, MDRacing Sept. 24 - Oct. 3 for Preakness Stakes
Pocono DownsWilkes-Barre, PAClosed until further notice
Pompano ParkPompano Beach, FLClosed until further notice
Rillito ParkTuscon, AZClosed until further notice
Rosecroft RacewayFort Washington, MDClosed until further notice
Sam Houston Race ParkHouston, TXClosed until further notice
Santa Anita ParkArcadioa, CAResumed racing May 15. Fall meet Sept. 19 - Oct. 25
SaratogaSaratoga Springs, NYSummer meet July 16 - Sept. 7.
Suffolk DownsBoston, MAClosed until further notice
Sunland Park RacetrackSunland Park, NMClosed until further notice
The Meadows RacetrackWashington, PAClosed until further notice
Turf ParadisePhoenix, AZClosed until further notice
Turfway ParkFlorence, KYClosed until further notice
Yonkers Raceway
Yonkers, NYClosed until further notice
Wheeling IslandWheeling, WVClosed until further notice