FanDuel Becomes First US Sportsbook To Also Offer Horse Betting

Written By Jarrett Huff on January 4, 2023 - Last Updated on February 6, 2023
FanDuel upgrades platform in West Virginia to include horse betting

The practice of jumping through hoops to place a horse bet is now a thing of the past. FanDuel has becomes the first US sportsbook to offer sports and horse betting all on one account. Previously, online West Virginia horse betting was done through a TVG account.

FanDuel aims to introduce a new generation to horse racing through its new capabilities. Users will have streaming access to horse races, among other kinds of racing, through FanDuel TV.

FanDuel TV broadcasts racing from several US and international racing venues, including:

  • Churchill Downs
  • Del Mar
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Keeneland
  • Santa Anita

FanDuel users will be able to bet on the Kentucky Derby for the first time on the platform in 2023.

Out with TVG, in with FanDuel WV

In the past, for FanDuel WV customers, betting on horse racing meant having a separate account with a separate wallet through FanDuel Racing or TVG.com. The merged accounts and wallets feature is currently available in the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

FanDuel intends to expand to Iowa and additional states in early 2023.

For anyone who missed out on betting on Rich Strike’s 80-1 odds because of the tedious effort to set up a separate account, this is a welcome addition to FanDuel’s platform.

Amy Howe, CEO of FanDuel Group, believes the new feature is very important to FanDuel and helping the sport of horse racing grow. Howe said:

“Horse racing is a big part of our DNA. This is a significant opportunity to expose a broader, engaged audience to the sport in a familiar environment.”

FanDuel launched FanDuel TV in 2022 as a rebrand of its TVG network, which focused on horse racing. FanDuel TV brings customers horse racing and a variety of sports and sports betting content.

The network features a talented cast of sports media personalities, including:

  • Kay Adams
  • Michele Beadle
  • Shams Charania
  • Lisa Kerney

Where can you partake in West Virginia horse betting?

Live horse racing in West Virginia typically takes place from May through December. However, some casinos have simulcast racing available year-round.

There are also several online betting options for those living in Mountain State.

One location for live horse racing is the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, & Resort on the riverfront in New Cumberland. Thoroughbred racing is available daily from May through December, with simulcast racing available year-round.

The location opened as a horse track called Waterford Park in 1951. Construction had been delayed for nearly a decade due to World War II.

The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is the largest in the state. It features live thoroughbred racing year-round along with simulcasts for horse and dog racing.

The location first opened as the Jefferson County Races in 1933. The Charles Town track offers several big races, including:

  • Charles Town Classic
  • Race for the Ribbon
  • West Virginia Breeders Classic

The Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Charleston offers live racing at its track — a greyhound racetrack. Despite the track not being fitted for horses, horse racing is available in simulcast at the location. The casino opened in 1985 as a greyhound track originally.

Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack, like the Mardi Gras, does not feature live horse racing. That’s because it’s also a greyhound track. Again, like with the Mardi Gras, that doesn’t stop the facility from offering live simulcast horse racing.

Greyhound racing is available year-round, Wednesdays through Sundays. The facility originally opened in 1866 for thoroughbred and harness racing.

HISA secures funding despite pushback from West Virginia and others

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act became law in July and more recently received funding from a year-end spending bill signed by President Joe Biden. HISA banned race-day doping in the US.

The bill provides $4.1 million to enforce the Horse Protection Act of 1970.

West Virginia, along with Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas, opposed HISA via a July lawsuit. The suit claimed the law puts financial burdens on state racing commissions due to strict testing regulations.

West Virginia won a preliminary injunction to prevent the HISA Authority from implementing its rules. HISA and the Federal Trade Commission successfully appealed the injunction in August.

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