How to bet on horse racing in the Golden State
The issue of betting on sports in California is a complicated one. Many states in America have recently changed their rules regarding online betting after the blanket ban was lifted by officials in Washington. Some states such as New Jersey rushed out to make changes, inviting the biggest and best bookies to town, allowing residents and visitors to gamble while enjoying the increased tax revenues.
Others put it to a vote, allowing the people to have their say on whether or not to legalise sports betting. New York is one of the most famous states still at the planning stage, and California is another. The Golden State is expected to permit online and land-based sports betting in 2022, with the start of the NFL season pencilled in. Those plans have many excited, but there’s still a lot of work to do on that front before the dreams become a reality and governors are refusing to rush in and make any rash decisions.
At the time of writing, sportsbook betting isn’t legal in California. Still, nothing is simple when it comes to gambling in the United States, so you may not be surprised to learn California betting isn’t completely outlawed. That’s because residents and visitors are able to bet on horse racing at the track or remotely.
That may seem strange and even difficult to understand. It could put you off betting on horse racing as you don’t know exactly where to stand. We are here to help. In this article, we have assigned a sports betting expert to explain to readers how you can bet on horse racing in the Golden State today.
California has three racetracks that are open to the public and always popular on race days. They are Santa Anita - the most popular - Del Mar and Los Alamitos. Santa Anita and Del Mar are known and respected by followers of horse racing in the United States and further afield. The races are shown on television and through live streaming sites to a global audience with bets especially popular in the United Kingdom as the start times don’t clash with any domestic races in the UK.
It’s not just overseas bettors that are free to watch and bet on horse racing in California, though. Residents and visitors can, too, and that’s despite sports betting being illegal. Attempt to gamble on an NFL match, and you could be thrown in jail or hit with a heavy fine for running an illegal gambling syndicate, but bet on the next race due off at Santa Anita, and you could win big. Strange? Perhaps, but let’s explain in a bit more detail.
Off-track and in-person wagering on horse racing has been legal in California for more than a generation. It was first introduced in 1985 in Northern California before Southern California joined the party less than two years later. All three of the Golden State’s racetracks are located in Southern California. That means only locals and those willing to travel long distances could bet on racing for many years. That all changed with the invention and growth in the popularity of online betting apps.
Bettors can now have their say using a legal, licensed and regulated betting app on their home computer or an app downloaded to their smartphone. Many bettors and lovers of horse racing prefer to visit the track when they can and sample the atmosphere of a race night, see the horses in person and get a feel for any stall bias or the conditions. But making it to the races every time you wish to bet isn’t practical. That’s where online betting comes in.
When registering with the right horse racing gambling app, you can wager from the comfort of your own home while watching the races live on television. You have the excitement of a night at the races but without leaving your home. Smartphone betting is perfect if you are on the move but wish to place a bet on racing. Download an app to your smartphone, deposit funds and bet anytime and from anywhere on horse racing in California. The leading betting apps even allow you to watch the action through a reliable, HD quality live stream.