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.
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
|Race||Time||Details||Betting Favorite||Live Odds|
|R1||12:55 p.m. ET||6 runners I 7 F I Dirt||Twirling Liz (8/5)||Bet at TVG|
|R2||1:22 p.m. ET||7 runners I 1 M I Dirt||Gambit (2/1)||Bet at TVG|
|R3||1:49 p.m. ET||6 runners I 1 M 70 yards I Dirt||Peyton Elizabeth (9/5)||Bet at TVG|
|R4||2:16 p.m. ET||10 runners 7.5 F I Turf||Megalomania (3/1)||Bet at TVG|
|R5||2:43 p.m. ET||9 runners I 1 M I Dirt||Florencia (9/5)||Bet at TVG|
|R6||3:10 p.m. ET||9 runners I 6 F I Dirt||Almithmaar (2/1)||Bet at TVG|
|R7||3:37 p.m. ET||11 runners I 5.5 F I Turf||Spud (3/1)||Bet at TVG|
|R8||4:04 p.m. ET||10 runners I 1 M I Turf||Golden Spear (9/5)||Bet at TVG|
|R9||4:31 p.m. ET||7 runners I 6 F I Dirt||Appealing Future (9/5)||Bet at TVG|
|R10||4:58 p.m. ET||12 runners I 1 M 70 yards I Dirt||Finglas (5/2)||Bet at TVG|
|Race||Time||Details||Betting Favorite||Live Odds|
|R1||2:20 p.m. ET||5 runners I 1 M 70 yards I Dirt||Timeless Glory (4/5)||Bet at TVG|
|R2||2:48 p.m. ET||8 runners I 1 M I Turf||Indocumentado (2/1)||Bet at TVG|
|R3||3:16 p.m. ET||6 runners I 5.5 F I Dirt||Tale of Fame (7/5)||Bet at TVG|
|R4||3:44 p.m. ET||12 runners I 1 M I Turf||Hot as Blue Blazes (5/2)||Bet at TVG|
|R5||4:12 p.m. ET||9 runners I 5.5 F I Dirt||Polo Art (8/5)||Bet at TVG|
|R6||4:40 p.m. ET||9 runners I 1 M I Dirt||Danang (7/2)||Bet at TVG|
|R7||5:08 p.m. ET||11 runners I 1 1/16 M I Turf||Mr Hoover (7/2)||Bet at TVG|
|R8||5:36 p.m. ET||10 runners I 6 F I Dirt||All Eyes West (5/2)||Bet at TVG|
|R9||6:04 p.m. ET||12 runners I 1 1/16 M I Turf||Perfectly Majestic (4/5)||Bet at TVG|
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.
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.
|Aqueduct Racetrack||Queens, NY||Closed until further notice|
|Belmont Park||Elmont, NY||Resumed racing June 3. Fall meet Sept.18 - Nov. 1|
|Buffalo Raceway||Hamburg, NY||Closed until further notice|
|Cal-Expo Race Track||Sacramento, CA||Closed until further notice|
|Canterbury Park||Shakopee, MN||Resumed racing June 10|
|Charles Town||Charles Town, WV||Resumed racing May 14|
|Churchill Downs||Louisville, KY||Resumed racing May 16. Five-day meet ahead of Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby|
|Daytona Beach Kennel Club||Daytona Beach, FL||Closed until further notice|
|Delaware Park||Wilmington, DE||Shortened 65-Day Meet resumed June 17 through Oct. 17|
|Del Mar||Del Mar, CA||Summer meet July 10 - Sept. 7|
|Dover Downs||Dover, DE||Closed until further notice|
|Ellis Park||Henderson, KY||Summer Meet July 2 - Aug. 30|
|Emerald Downs||Auburn, WA||Resumed racing June 24|
|Evangeline Downs||Opelousas, LA||Resumed racing June 5|
|Fair Grounds Race Course||New Orleans, LA||Closed until further notice|
|Fairmount Park||Collinsville, IL||Closed until further notice|
|Freehold Raceway||Freehold, NJ||Closed until further notice|
|Golden Gate Fields||Berkeley, CA||Resumed racing May 14|
|Hawthorne Race Course||Cicero, IL||Closed until further notice|
|Hoosier Downs||Shelbyville, IN||Closed until further notice|
|Indiana Grand||Shelbyville, IN||Resumed racing June 15|
|Keeneland||Lexington, KY||5 day Summer Meet July 8-12. Resumes racing again Oct. 2-24 and hosts Breeders' Cup Nov. 6-7|
|Laurel Park||Laurel, MD||Resumed racing May 30|
|Lone Star Park||Grand Prairie, TX||Suspended racing again July 5 following May 22 restart|
|Louisiana Downs||Bossier City, LA||Resumed Racing June 6|
|Mahoning Valley||Youngstown, OH||Closed until further notice|
|Meadowlands||East Rutherford, NJ||Closed until further notice|
|Miami Valley||Lebanon, OH||Closed until further notice|
|Monmouth Park||Oceanport, NJ||Summer Meet Opening Day starts July 3. The $1 M Haskell is July 18.
|Monticello Raceway||Monticello, NY||Closed until further notice|
|Mountaineer Park||New Cumberland, WV||Opened May 31|
|Northfield Park||Northfield, OH||Closed until further notice|
|Northville Downs||Northville, MI||Closed until further notice|
|Orange Park Kennel Club||Orange Park, FL||Closed until further notice|
|Palm Beach Kennel Club||West Palm Beach, FL||Closed until further notice|
|Parx Racing||Bensalem, PA||Closed until further notice|
|Penn National Race Course||Grantville, PA||Racing Wed & Fri through Sept.|
|Pimlico Race Course||Baltimore, MD||Racing Sept. 24 - Oct. 3 for Preakness Stakes|
|Pocono Downs||Wilkes-Barre, PA||Closed until further notice|
|Pompano Park||Pompano Beach, FL||Closed until further notice|
|Rillito Park||Tuscon, AZ||Closed until further notice|
|Rosecroft Raceway||Fort Washington, MD||Closed until further notice|
|Sam Houston Race Park||Houston, TX||Closed until further notice|
|Santa Anita Park||Arcadioa, CA||Resumed racing May 15. Fall meet Sept. 19 - Oct. 25|
|Saratoga||Saratoga Springs, NY||Summer meet July 16 - Sept. 7.|
|Suffolk Downs||Boston, MA||Closed until further notice|
|Sunland Park Racetrack||Sunland Park, NM||Closed until further notice|
|The Meadows Racetrack||Washington, PA||Closed until further notice|
|Turf Paradise||Phoenix, AZ||Closed until further notice|
|Turfway Park||Florence, KY||Closed until further notice|
|Yonkers Raceway||Yonkers, NY||Closed until further notice|
|Wheeling Island||Wheeling, WV||Closed until further notice|