As Pennsylvania’s pari-mutuel racetracks begin to reopen without fans across the commonwealth, we want to make sure you know how you can enjoy the excitement of the track from home! There are many ways you can watch live racing and place a few bets from the comfort of your home.
LIVE RACING RETURNS
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino: Racing resumes Monday 6/15. Racing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday with a new 12:45pm post time.
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono: Racing will resume Saturday 6/20. Live racing on Saturday, Monday, & Tuesday at 12:30pm. Live racing Sundays at 7pm.
Harrah’s Philadelphia: Racing will resume Sunday 6/21. Details on racing days and post times are TBA.
Presque Isle Downs: Opening day July 27. More info to come!
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course: Racing resumes June 19. Racing Wednesday and Friday for the first three weeks, then returning to three days per week.
Parx Racing: Racing will resume Monday 6/22. Racing will be conducted on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays.
WATCHING LIVE RACING
There are multiple ways to watch your favorite Pennsylvania track without leaving your house. First, check your cable television package to see if you have TVG included. TVG is also available on DISH Network, DirectTV, Amazon Fire, Roku, and the TVG App. TVG is the perfect place to tune in to horse racing across the state and country. They feature racing from The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Parx, Penn National, Presque Isle Downs, and The Meadows on TV, and wagering on all six PA tracks on their website.
The Racetrack Television Network (RTN) allows you to have live simulcasting from across the country and abroad right on your TV or computer. Enjoy watching multiple tracks on one screen just as if you were at the OTW. RTN can be viewed on your TV by an RTN subscription through Dish Network. This is a little pricey at $50 per month. RTN offers multiple online packages for you to choose from including single track to all tracks (thoroughbred and harness). Live video streaming can be viewed on Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, your PC, or on through RTN App. Annual package cost ranges from $110 to $275. They also offer monthly subscription options as well.
All of Pennsylvania’s pari-mutuel racetracks offer live streaming or replays on their website for FREE with no sign up required! This is a very cost-effective way to view the races from home. The only downside to this option is you have to watch the races on your computer or tablet. Check out what each track offers here: Harrah’s Philadelphia, Parx, Penn National, Presque Isle Downs, Pocono, The Meadows.
ONLINE WATCHING & WAGERING
There are multiple sites to place a wager and multiple sites that feature tools to help you handicap races. Online wagering sites (ADW or “Advance Deposit Wagering” sites) allow you to open an account, fund it with a credit/debit card, moneypack, or wire transfer, as well as multiple other methods, and wager on races from tracks around the world.
- Hollywoodraces.com – Is managed by eBet Technologies, Inc. in consultation with Penn ADW, LLC, Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, LLC, and Penn National Turf Club, LLC. Features a mobile app, expert picks, wagering, live track video across the country, and various funding options, as well as various player promotions.
- Ibetmohegan.com – Ibetmohegan.com is operated by The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and features a fully functional, state of the art wagering system developed by Sportech, Inc. IbetMohegan features generous wager rewards, no subscription fees, free thoroughbred handicapping tips and past performances, and free streaming video and race replays. IbetMohegan is based in Wilkes-Barre, PA and is regulated by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission.
- Pabets.tvg.com – PABets is powered by TVG and features various welcome offers, multiple funding options, and a very easy-to-use layout. PABets also offers a mobile app for iOS. Live video, race replays, and the TVG Network is available to PAbets members. To be a PAbets member you must be a Pennsylvania resident.
- Twinspires.com – Twinspires is operated by Churchill Downs, Inc. and is the official wagering site of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Players are able to wager on almost every thoroughbred, harness, and quarter horse tracks across the globe. Twinspires features no subscription fees, sign-up bonuses, free Brisnet PPs, live video/race replays, a wager rewards program, real-time tote information, results, multiple funding options, and refer-a-friend bonuses.
- Wager.parxracing.com – Parx offers mobile, tablet, and desktop wagering dashboards for tracks across North America. Live streaming, race replays, live tote information, and a player rewards program.
- Xpressbet.com – In 1983 The Meadows launched Call-A-Bet to allow patrons to place wagers by phone from home. Call-A-Bet was later sold to Magna Entertainment and renamed Xpressbet in 2002. Still headquartered at The Meadows, Xpressbet features over 300 tracks, live video, race replays, cash prize tournaments, and handicapping insights, as well as a wager rewards program.
ADDITIONAL RACING PROGRAMS AND HANDICAPPING TOOLS
You can download racing programs online. While the sites listed above provide programs, there are other sites that provide both additional handicapping tools and information that can help you learn how to make your picks.
One of those sites is Trackmaster. This site offers easy to read past performances, selections & analysis, software & reports, and more. Another great thing about Trackmaster is they offer products for beginner, intermediate, and expert handicappers for both Thoroughbred and Harness Racing. They also have a free checklist that lets you find the best product for you based on your experience and the type of racing information you’re looking for. The checklist is separated by breed and offered for both Thoroughbred and Harness racing.
Another site you could use is The Daily Racing Form (DRF). They offer downloadable past performances, clocker’s reports for select tracks, professional picks, best bets, Beyer Speed Figures, breeding, and sales information. Another unique bonus for handicappers and fans is DRF TV, which analyzes past races and previews future races.