Can't Bet the Kentucky Derby on FanDuel

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Mary Montgomery
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Unless you are in one of the states that regulates sports betting, you will be unable to access the new FanDuel racebook to bet this year's Kentucky Derby.  FanDuel does not even operate in all states where mobile sports gambling is legal (i.e. they are not in Oregon or New Hampshire).


FanDuel announced the first ever combined racebook sports betting account in the regulated US market.  Up to this time, one would have to open separate betting accounts to place sports and horse bets. 

Sites like BetOnline, which are licensed outside the US, have long offered sports betting and horse betting using the same account.  This is hardly a new concept.

The new racebook comes as FanDuel has joined forces with Churchill Downs, stealing away much of TwinSpires thunder.  For years TwinSpires dominated broadcasts of the Derby.  It remains to be seen how big a presence either site will have during the hours leading up to post time.

"As an Official Sports Wagering Partner of the Kentucky Derby, we're leveraging the power of our innovative betting platform and our unrivaled history in horse racing to bring fans a truly integrated experience for the race as the only sportsbook where you can bet on the race," said Andrew Moore, General Manager, Racing at FanDuel. "Last year, we became the only sportsbook to offer a single wallet platform that allows fans to bet on horse racing and see that innovation as an avenue to introduce new audiences to horse racing."

"We're thrilled to deliver Churchill Downs' premium content, led by the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 6, to FanDuel's vast base of sports betting and daily fantasy customers with a single account and single wallet," said Churchill Downs Racetrack President Mike Anderson. "This is an exciting partnership that's a sure winner for everyone."

These are the states where you will find the FanDuel horse racing app: AZ, CO, CT, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA, OH, TN, VA, WV, WY.

- Mary Montgomery,

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