A Look At Confirmed Kentucky Sportsbooks And Their Partnerships

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Written By Giovanni Shorter | Last Updated
Kentucky Sportsbook partnerships

Yesterday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) approved eight temporary licenses for online sportsbooks in Kentucky. In order to launch a mobile app in the Bluegrass State, Kentucky sportsbook partnerships must be made with local horse racing tracks. Eight partnerships include mobile. Retail sports betting agreements have also been reached at several tracks around the state. Let’s take a look at the confirmed Kentucky sports betting apps and their partners.

Confirmed Online Sportsbooks Coming To Kentucky

Caesars Sportsbook, FanDuel, BetMGM, and DraftKings all announced their Kentucky sportsbook partnerships prior to the official KHRC vote. Since the partnerships were all approved, all of the operators listed below are set to launch mobile betting on Sept. 28.


Service ProviderPartnering TrackType of Partnership
CaesarsThe Red MileRetail and Mobile
KambiChurchill Downs, Churchill Downs’ satellite location, Derby City Gaming, Ellis Park Henderson, Turfway Park, Oak GroveRetail
FanaticsOak GroveMobile
FanDuelTurfway Park, and its satellite location, Newport Racing and GamingMobile
DraftKingsCumberland Run and its satellite locationRetail and Mobile
PENN (ESPN BET)Ellis Park Henderson and OwensboroMobile
BetMGMSandy’s Gaming and RacingRetail and Mobile
Circa SportsCumberland Run and its satellite locationMobile
Bet365Sandy’s Gaming and RacingMobile

Additionally, with retail betting slated to launch on Sept. 7, it has been confirmed that Gov. Andy Beshear will be placing the first wager. The bet will be placed at Churchill Downs Racetrack at 10 a.m. on launch day. Churchill Downs will be launching six total retail operations on Sept. 7.

Churchill Downs Bringing Six Retail Sportsbooks To Kentucky

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) was approved for six licenses by the KGRC. There will be retail sports betting live at the Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Derby City Gaming & Hotel in Louisville, Turfway Park Racing & Gaming in Florence, Newport Racing & Gaming in Newport, Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel in Oak Grove, and Ellis Park Racing & Gaming in Henderson.

Churchill Downs has been the staple for Kentucky’s horse racing industry for decades. It is no surprise that CDI will be going full force with sports betting as well.

“CDI is excited to bring our experience operating retail sports wagering experiences to Kentucky with many thanks to the Kentucky General Assembly, Governor Beshear, the KHRC and the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet for their efforts in making this a reality,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “Sports betting as a tourism and economic development opportunity will further strengthen the state’s signature equine industry by bringing new guests into our live and historical racing venues.”

Following suit, Churchill Downs will be launching mobile betting through its FanDuel partnership. CDI is expected to partner with more sportsbooks as well. Local racetracks are granted three sports betting skins by the commission.

With partnerships approved and both retail and mobile betting operators preparing for their respective launches, Kentucky bettors are one step closer to having odds at their fingertips.