Connecticut Horse Betting

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Connecticut horse racing betting is a popular pastime in the Nutmeg State. Online betting on horse racing is legal in Connecticut, unlike sports betting. There are a number of off-track locations and licensed online platforms that allow for betting on live horse races.

There are two tribal casinos in the State. The Connecticut Lottery is also in operation. Parimutuel betting on horse racing is legal. Online sports betting, currently, is not. In this guide we’re going to concentrate on how you can bet on horse racing in the State. Let’s begin by examining the legal requirements of Connecticut horse racing.

The short answer is yes. CT horse racing has been legal in the State. Both horse racing and OTB were made legal in 1971. Online Connecticut horse betting is also legal, though there are only three horse racing sites currently available.

Where Can You Bet On Horse Racing In Connecticut?

There are 16 off-track betting facilities in Connecticut, along with opportunities to bet on horses at the Nutmeg State’s land-based casinos. There are also opportunities to place horse racing bets at legal, online sites. 

The OTB facilities are situated at the following locations:

Off Track Betting Location
Winners Bradley Schoephoester Road, Windsor Locks
Winners Bristol Barlow Street, Bristol
Winners East Haven Frontage Road, East Haven
Winners Hartford Brainard Road, Hartford
Winners Manchester Tolland Turnpike, Manchester
Winners Milford Roses Mill Road, Milford
Winners New Britain East Main Street, New Britain
Winners New London Eugene O’Neill Drive, New London
Winners Norwalk Burnell Boulevard, Norwalk
Winners Putnam Park Road, Putnam
Winners Shoreline Star Kossuth Street, Bridgeport
Winners Sports Haven Long Wharf Drive, New Haven
Winners Stamford Atlantic Street, Stamford
Winners Torrington Water Street, Torrington
Winners Waterbury Colonial Plaza Thomaston Avenue, Waterbury
Winners Windham Boston Post Road, Windham

There are currently only three CT horse racing betting sites that are legal in the State. You might come across other off-shore betting sites, we do not recommend you sign up with these. Make sure any online site you register with is licenced and legal in Connecticut.

The Connecticut horse betting online sites that are legal are the following:

  • TVG
  • BetAmerica
  • Twinspires

Connecticut Horse Betting Requirements

Connecticut horse racing betting is available to residents aged 18 and above. Note, though, that to place a bet in any land-based casino, you need to be at least 21 years old. 

If you sign up to a Connecticut horse racing betting site, you will be asked to provide some personal details. What do you need to supply? The list below displays the requirements needed to successfully create an account.

  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number

Other information might be requested, depending on which Connecticut horse racing site you sign up with. Make sure all the information you provide is accurate and valid. Your account could be suspended if any information is shown to be false.

If you want to bet at any of the CT horse racing OTB facilities, you will also need to provide identification documents to prove your age.

Connecticut Horse Racing Betting Markets And Bet Types

Parimutuel betting is available at all CT off-track betting locations. What is parimutuel betting? It can be considered as a form of pool betting. Each bet made on the same selection is placed in the ‘pool’. The bettors who have all picked the winner take a share of the pooled funds.

With legal online CT horse racing betting, you have a number of options. Let’s take a look at the most common bet types in Connecticut horse betting.

Win

The Win market is exactly what you’d expect – you place a bet on a horse to win. If your selection comes in, you win your bet. If your choice doesn’t win, your bet is lost.

Place

A Place bet gives you more options than a straightforward Win wager. With a Place bet, you’re choosing a horse to cross the finishing line in first or second place.

Show

A Show bet allows you to choose a horse to finish in first, second or third place.

Exacta

A form of exotic betting, a successful Exacta bet can increase your profits hugely. With an Exacta bet, you choose two horses to finish in first and second place in exact order.

Quinella

Similar to an Exacta, but slightly easier to win, a Quinella bet involves you picking two horses to finish in the first two places in any order.

Trifecta

A Trifecta wager is where you choose three horses to finish in first, second and third place. To win this bet, the horses must come in in the exact order as what you’ve selected.

Other Bet Types

There are many other bet types popular with horse racing bettors in the State. We’ve listed these below. It’s a good idea to explore each bet type. Doing so will help you find the right type for your betting style. They can also enhance your potential profits.

  • Superfecta
  • Super Hi-5
  • Pick 3
  • Pick 4
  • Pick 5
  • Pick 6
  • Grand Slam