Horse racing. It’s fast-paced, thrilling, and faintly addictive: the muscle and sinew stretching and reaching beneath gleaming coats; the pounding of hooves as a dozen Thoroughbreds streak across the turf, necks leanly extended as they surge forwards.
They call it the sport of kings, and for those watching, the adrenaline rush of seeing the horse you’ve put your money on leading the field towards the finish line is enough to make you feel like you have blue blood thrumming through your veins.
The sport has a long history in America as well as the UK, harking back to the 1665 creation of the legendary Newmarket course in Salisbury, New York. The intervening centuries have helped it to build an incredible following within the country and without.
Its numerous racetracks and high stakes races offer fantastic opportunities for those who like to have a flutter, with the former including the famous Belmont Park. The 1.5-mile long main track is the largest Thoroughbred dirt race course in the world and also boasts the sport’s biggest grandstand.
Its races are even more legendary. The traditional high point of the calendar is the Kentucky Derby, held on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville. This, combined with the Preakness Stakes, hosted a fortnight after at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Long Island, together constitute the most famous of trios: The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing.
The calendar of events is rounded out by the addition of the Breeders’ Cup races at the end of the year, which are held at various tracks throughout North America.
Rather unsurprisingly with these high stakes and thrilling events, many domestic betters now want in on the action. Here, we take a look at how Tote can help them.
Betting on American Horse Racing
Tote (www.thetote.com) offers those who wish to bet the chance to do so on a wide variety of global races, from those hosted in France to those in South Africa and America. These are shown live via their video portals, and information on runners, jockeys, trainers and owners can all be found on their site.
The bet types that Tote are able to offer are only those made available by the relevant track and may include win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, jackpot and pick six. Most are self-explanatory, but for those unfamiliar with the more complex of these terms:
Win: You pick a runner to win the race.
Place: You pick a runner to finish in either first or second place.
Show: You pick a runner to finish either first, second or third.
Exacta: You pick two runners to finish first and second in the correct order.
Trifecta: You pick three runners to finish first, second and third in the correct order.
Jackpot: You make a pool bet on four selected races at the meeting, with every race constituting a leg. Your runners must come first in each of these to win the bet.
Pick six: You pick the winner in six consecutive races.
All bets are settled on the basis of the results published by the host track, and their rules are used to settle with regards to non-runners, refunds and consolations.
These tracks include: Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Evangeline, Fair Grounds, Hawthorne, Keeneland, Louisiana Downs, Mountaineer Park, Oaklawn Park, Philadelphia Park, Remmington, Saratoga, Saratoga Park, Sunland, Tampa Bay Downs, Turfy Park, Will Rodgers Downs, and Zia Park, with more being added all of the time.
Tote is more than just a way to place bets on American and international horse racing. It also acts as an invaluable information resource for those interested in the sport. This offers articles on topics such as the Breeder’s Cup and Belmont Park, with its contributions all carefully written by experts in the field.
As well as its blog, its website contains a ‘News’ section, with a special segment devoted to US racing.
The US racing industry is vibrant, celebrated and exciting, and with the help of Tote, you too could be a part of it. To place your bets, get in on the action, and watch it live from your mobile, PC or laptop, take a look at the website today and consider joining. The gamble of your lifetime might be just around the corner and thousands of miles over the sea, but you have to be in it to win it.