Horse Racing Guide 2021

Schedule, Odds, And How To Bet

Horse racing has always been one of the most popular sports to bet on in the US. It’s as straight forward as it gets – which horse(s) do you like in the race?

Typical horse races feature 5-11 horses. Some big races, like the Kentucky Derby, will have a field up to 20 horses.

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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

The Triple Crown

There are multiple horse races to wager on most every day throughout the year. Check out which races are live today at TVG.

Casual horse racing bettors are typically focused on the Big 3 horse races each year, however. The Sport of King’s Triple Crown includes the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York.

Here is a look at when each big race will be running in 2021:

Kentucky Derby 2021 – 147th running

  • When: Saturday, May 1
  • Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2020 winning horse: Authentic
  • 2020 winning trainer: Bob Baffert
  • 2020 winning jockey: John Velazquez

Preakness Stakes 2021 – 146th running

  • When: Saturday, May 15
  • Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2020 winning horse: Swiss Skydiver
  • 2020 winning trainer: Kenneth McPeek
  • 2020 winning jockey: Robby Albarado

Belmont Stakes 2021 – 153rd running

  • When: Saturday, June 5
  • Where: Belmont Park, Elmont, New York
  • 2020 winning horse: Tiz the Law
  • 2020 winning trainer: Manuel Franco
  • 2020 winning jockey: Barclay Tagg