FanDuel Debuts Single Horse Racing, Sports Betting App in Time for Derby Preps

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FanDuel Debuts Single Horse Racing, Sports Betting App in Time for Derby Preps
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Bettors wanting to use just one mobile app to wager on horse racing and traditional sports such as football are in luck.

FanDuel, a U.S.-based sports betting operator, has made a single app available for both types of wagering. Bettors usually download one app for horse racing and a separate one for traditional sports betting.

FanDuel is the first online U.S. bookmaker to off this single-account feature to bettors, according to a company statement.

Triple Crown Highlights Racing Season 

The new combined FanDuel Sportsbook App app became available late last year. This means bettors can use it in some states to wager on the popular 2023 Road to the Kentucky Derby series of thoroughbred races. 

These prep races determine the 20-horse field that will compete in this year’s derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. 

The Kentucky Derby is the first leg in the annual Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore (May 20) and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park just east of New York City (June 11).

Here’s Where You Can Use The App

The dual-purpose FanDuel Sportsbook app, introduced in December, is available in nine states: 

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

FanDuel plans to expand the service into more states this year. 

The company said the effort will allow FanDuel “to introduce a new generation" to horse racing. FanDuel CEO Amy Howe called the single-account betting platform “significant.” 

”Horse racing is a big part of our DNA,” she said.

FanDuel noted that bettors can use the platform to stream racing coverage from FanDuel TV.

FanDuel TV broadcasts races from Churchill Downs and other U.S. and international horse tracks. 

This will be the first year bettors can use the “integrated platform” to wager on the Kentucky Derby.

Derby Prep Races Off To a Running Start

The run-up to the Kentucky Derby consists of 37 races. Of these, 21 occur from September through February. 

The other 16 races are called the Kentucky Derby Championship Series, lasting from late February through April.

Points accumulated during these races, and in races in Japan and Europe for horses outside the U.S., determine which 3-year-old thoroughbreds can compete in the Kentucky Derby.

The next important race in the Derby prep series in the Holly Bull Stakes on Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida, north of Miami.

After that, prep races will be held at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and other sites leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

FanDuel Racing Available Coast-to-Coast

In addition to the nine states that allow the FanDuel Sportsbook app to be used to wager on horse races, bettors in the following states can download the FanDuel Racing app just to bet on horse racing:

  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • Florida
  • Arkansas
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • California

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