West Virginia Horse Betting

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Horse racing’s Triple Crown may not kick off until May each year with the running of the Kentucky Derby. However, the action and fun of horse racing are available throughout the year, and that includes in West Virginia.

West Virginia offers plenty of options when it comes to betting the ponies (and greyhounds) – from live thoroughbred racing to simulcast races from around the country to mobile wagering from the comfy confines of home (or anywhere else, for that matter).

Here’s a guide on where to place that winning bet or perfect trifecta. Grab your lucky charm, read up on the runners and track conditions, and hold on to that winning ticket. Bettors in West Virginia can use FanDuel Racing to bet horse races. New users get a No Sweat Win Bet up to  back as a racing bonus if your first single-horse bet loses

Top Site to Bet On Horse Races Online in West Virginia

West Virginia live racing and simulcast betting

The Mountain State offers several options for those looking to make some bets on live horse and greyhound races. Here’s a look at the options available to bettors in West Virginia.

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, & Resort

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, & Resort is a riverfront casino and racing getaway close to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Columbus. Its location makes it convenient to take in some live thoroughbred action.

Daily live racing runs from May through December, but simulcast racing is available year-round. The casino even offers an OTB area in the main casino. The property offers a great facility and surroundings for every level of gambler from the casino to the horse track.

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races offers race fans plenty of fun and some big races throughout the year including the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic, Race for the Ribbon, and West Virginia Breeders Classics. A visit to the track also includes a picturesque view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Live thoroughbred racing runs year-round with simulcast wagering offered from numerous tracks. Grab a seat and place your bet, post time is near.

Mardi Gras Casino and Resort

Take a shot at that 10-cent superfecta at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort greyhound track, with live racing all year. Simulcast racing is also available each day from tracks all across the country, all in a comfortable environment.

Bettors can even make a few wagers while dining or sipping a nice cocktail.

Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack

While it may not boast live horse racing, Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack offers plenty of track action in the form of live greyhound racing as well as plenty of simulcast wagering from horse tracks around the country along with its traditional casino, poker room, and sportsbook. The greyhound racing runs year-round, Wednesday through Sunday.

The property recently renovated the racing area including non-smoking and smoking floors, simulcast flat-screen TVs, private TV betting stations, and re-opened the bar and concessions with an improved menu.

WV mobile and online betting

Can’t make it to the track or simulcast area on race day to make that wager? Here are some online options available to horse racing bettors, all licensed in the US within legal jurisdictions including West Virginia.

Do some research, make a deposit, and pick that lucky pony (or greyhound).

FanDuel Racing

The new app from the sports betting titan is live just in time for the Belmont Stakes. It offers a chance to bet on a plethora of tracks, including those in West Virginia. Check out the action right on the app and then place a bet – all from the comfy confines of your couch or easy chair. New users to FanDuel Racing WV get a No Sweat Win Bet up to  back as a racing bonus if your first single-horse bet loses

PointsBet Racing

The PointsBet Racing app recently came to West Virginia and is specifically for horse racing, allowing users to bet on races from more than 180 tracks worldwide. Bets can be placed at several racetracks across the state or online through at least seven mobile sportsbooks. Live streaming capabilities and replay options are also available on the PointsBet racing app.


TwinSpires.com is the official wagering site of Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. It offers an easy option for wagering at tracks all over the country including West Virginia. Of course, that also includes the famed Churchill Downs. Deposits are easy, and TS offers a $100 Sign-Up Bonus as well as plenty of free research information.


Bets.DRF.com is the official wagering platform of the Daily Racing Form, a massive source of information for horse bettors around the world. The site offers numerous tracks, including West Virginia, and features a ton of information for those looking to go deep in their research before hitting the virtual betting window.

The site offers an especially nice new member offer – a 300 percent Deposit Match Bonus after making an initial deposit of just $50. Additionally, active members receive free DRF Past Performances and DRF+ Pro with plenty of insight for serious players.


NYRABets.com is the official betting site and app of the New York Racing Association that is available around the country. It features more than 250 race tracks from around the world, and that includes races from Charles Town. Bettors can earn bonuses daily, and the site offers several promotions for new depositors. New members can now qualify for a $200 signup bonus.

The site features numerous resources and live videos and replays and even advance ticket sales for Saratoga, the Belmont Stakes, and more. An added exclusive – access to the NYRA Bets Late Pick 5 from Aqueduct.

WV responsible gambling resources

If gambling stops being just for fun, it is time to seek help. West Virginia takes responsible gambling seriously and thus provides many resources for those who are experiencing issues related to problem gambling.

There are several resources available to problem gamblers or their families in West Virginia:

  • 1-800-GAMBLER — The Problem Gambling Help Network of West Virginia.
  • Gamblers Anonymous — A peer support group for problem gamblers.
  • Gam-Anon — A peer support group for families and friends of problem gamblers.
  • Gamtalk — An online discussion forum for problem gamblers.
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