Horse racing is far and away the most popular competitive equestrian sport in the world, and this has been the case throughout most of modern history. People have been wagering on horse races for well over 2,000 years, and it can trace its roots as far back as Ancient Greece. Over the course of the last few millennium, the sport has remained virtually the same.
Today, horse racing remains one of the most heavily bet-on sports, with billions of dollars being wagered each year across the globe. There are well over 250 dirt tracks and turf courses worldwide, which are located on just about every continent. Below we have indexed every horse racing track in the United States as well as all other parts of the world.
The United States is home to the highest concentration of horse racing tracks in the entire world. Hosting both thoroughbred and harness races, there are over 75 different tracks located throughout the continental U.S. and its territories. Below you will find our index of every horse racing track in the country.
Rillito Downs (Tucson)
Turf Paradise (Phoenix)
Yavapai Downs (Prescott Valley)
Oaklawn Park (Hot Springs)
Del Mar Racetrack (Del Mar)
Fresno Race Track (Fresno)
Golden Gate Fields (Albany)
Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos)
Santa Anita Park (Arcadia)
Arapahoe Park (Aurora)
Delaware Park (Wilmington)
Gulfstream Park West (Miami Gardens)
Gulfstream Park (Hallandale Beach)
Hialeah Park Race Track (Hialeah)
Sunshine Raceway (Tampa Bay)
Tampa Bay Downs (Tampa)
Idaho Downs at Expo Idaho (Boise)
Les Bois Park (Boise)
Arlington Park (Arlington Heights)
Fairmount Park (Collinsville)
Hawthorne Race Course (Cicero)
Hoosier Park (Anderson)
Indiana Downs (Shelbyville)
Prairie Meadows (Altoona)
Churchill Downs (Louisville)
Ellis Park Racecourse (Henderson)
Keeneland Race Course (Lexington)
Kentucky Downs (Franklin)
Turfway Park (Florence)
Delta Downs (Vinton)
Evangeline Downs (Lafayette)
Fair Grounds (New Orleans)
Louisiana Downs (Bossier City)
Laurel Park Racecourse (Laurel)
Maryland State Fairgrounds (Timonium) *Live racing during state fair only
Pimlico Race Course (Baltimore)
Suffolk Downs (East Boston) *Live racing during special events only
Northville Downs (Northville)
Canterbury Park (Shakopee)
Columbus Races (Columbus)
Fonner Park (Grand Island)
Horsemen’s Park (Omaha)
Lincoln Race Course (Lincoln)
Meadowlands Racetrack (East Rutherford)
Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport)
Freehold Raceway (Freehold)
Albuquerque Downs (Albuquerque)
Ruidoso Downs (Ruidoso Downs)
Sunland Park (Sunland Park)
SunRay Gaming (Farmington)
Zia Park (Hobbs)
Aqueduct Racetrack (South Ozone Park, Queens)
Belmont Park (Elmont)
Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track (Canandaigua)
Saratoga Race Course (Saratoga Springs)
Tioga Downs (Nichols)
Vernon Downs (Vernon)
North Dakota Horse Park (Fargo)
Belterra Park (Cincinnati)
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway (Dayton)
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course (Youngstown)
Thistledown Racino (North Randall)
Fair Meadows Race Track (Tulsa)
Remington Park (Oklahoma City)
Will Rogers Downs (Claremore)
Portland Meadows (Portland)
The Meadows (Washington)
Parx Casino and Racing (Bensalem Township)
Penn National Race Course (Grantville)
Presque Isle Downs (Erie)
Harrah’s Philadelphia (Chester)
Pocono Downs (Wilkes Barre)
Hipódromo Camarero (San Juan)
Lone Star Park (Grand Prairie)
Retama Park (Selma)
Sam Houston Race Park (Houston)
Colonial Downs (New Kent County)
Emerald Downs (Auburn)
Charles Town Races & Slots (Charles Town)
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort (Chester)
Wyoming Downs (Evanston)
The most popular types of horse racing tracks include turf and dirt. These courses are shaped in a large oval (similar to NASCAR tracks), and are anywhere between 400 meters and 2 1/2 miles long. While dirt courses tend to be more prevalent in the United States, there is also no shortage of turf courses. Some racetracks even feature both a dirt and turf track. With that said, however, turf tracks tend to be much more popular in European countries (including Ireland and the U.K.).
The most common type of tracks within the turf and dirt categories are generally referred to as “Flat” courses. These types of racetracks are mostly oval-shaped, and relatively flat with no gradient (hence their name). There are also some “figure 8” tracks, but they are rare and mostly located in Europe.
With hundreds and hundreds of tracks throughout the world, there are only a select few that have gained much more notoriety than the others. This is partially because every year massive, world-wide events like the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes draw in large crowds and even receive national media coverage in the U.S.
The Triple Crown is a series of three thoroughbred horse races with large purses, totaling well over $1 million per race. The Triple Crown spans the course of two weeks, starting on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. If one horse wins all three races, he is given the holy grail of horse racing; the Triple Crown.
The Triple Crown races have been held annually for over 100 years now (the 144th annual running of the Kentucky Derby took place in 2018), and they are even shown on national television.
Located in Louisville, Kentucky, Churchill Downs is most widely known for hosting the Kentucky Derby. It has been home to this monumental race each year since 1875, and it begins the chase for the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby is held annually on the first Saturday in May, and features three year old thoroughbred horses.
Though the race lasts just about two minutes on average, it is one of the most highly anticipated events in all of sports. Aside from the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs also hosts thoroughbred races almost every day during the season.
Situated in the city of Baltimore, Pimlico Race Course is one of only two full-time horse tracks in the state of Maryland. Each year since the 1870’s it has hosted the prestigious Preakness Stakes, which is the second leg of the Triple Crown.
Located in Queens, New York, Belmont Park is home to the final race of the Triple Crown.
Almost every course in the United States that features live horse racing will allow visitors to bet on each race right at the track. Some even allow wagering on horse races being held at other courses, and feature live simulcasts. You will be able to place your wagers at either an electronic ticketing system, or right at the cashier desk.