Tennessee Horse Racing & Sports Betting

Horse Racing in Tennessee

What horse racing tracks currently exist in Tennessee?

The state of Tennessee has a complex history with the sport of horse racing. According to The Plaid Horse, the state enjoyed a rich tradition of horse racing in the 19th century:

“The first official horse race in Tennessee was held in Gallatin in 1804. The sport became wildly popular and by 1839 there were at least ten established race tracks in the state and over twenty organized jockey clubs.”

Will Tennessee get a regular horse racing track any time soon? – The Plaid Horse

The demise of horse racing in Tennessee began with a ban on wagering on races in 1905. Without its primary revenue source, the sport floundered for the better part of the 20th century. In recent years, there have been efforts and commissions to bring back horse racing in Tennessee, but they have yet to generate any major changes

There is one legally-sanctioned (and gambling free) horse racing event in Tennessee each year.  The Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville is a spring meet, convening at Percy Warner Park each May.

Sports Betting in Tennessee

Is sports-betting legal in Tennessee?


The state legislature of Tennessee passed a bill allowing betting on sports in April of 2019. Sports betting officially launched in the state on November 1st of 2020. After that date, anyone physically within the borders of Tennessee has been able to wager on sports through approved website and apps.

When can I bet on sports in Tennessee through TwinSpires?

March of 2021

On January 6, the an official state panel approved TwinSpires as the fifth sports betting operator in the Volunteer State. Customers physically present in Tennessee will be able to wager on sports through TwinSpires in March of 2021.

What sports can I bet on in Tennessee?

Tennessee will allow sports wagering for your favorite exciting events!

  • National Football League (NFL)
  • National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • Major League Baseball (MLB)
  • College Football (NCAAF)
  • College Basketball (NCAAB)
  • National Hockey League (NHL)
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
  • Boxing
  • Tennis
  • Auto Racing (NASCAR)
  • Horse Racing
  • and more!

What types of sports bets can I make in Tennessee?

Expect to place sports bets that you would typically desire to find at any online sportsbook.

  • Moneyline Betting
  • Over/Under Betting
  • Futures Betting
  • Spread Betting
  • Props Betting
  • Runline Betting

How does Tennessee sports betting work?

Unlike most states, there are no casinos in Tennessee. This means customers will not be able to place bets in person at retail sportsbooks in the Volunteer State. There are no legal racetracks (with betting permitted) nor even any tribal casinos present in the state at this time.

Customers must choose a preferred sports betting operator that has been approved by the state (such as TwinSpires). Then, through a corresponding smartphone app or website, bettors may place wagers so long as they are physically present within the borders of the State of Tennessee.

Tennessee Sports Betting FAQ

Oversight of sports betting in the state is done by the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation. The process of establishing rules to govern sports betting and operations in the Volunteer State concluded in April of 2020.

Anywhere within the borders of the state, so long as wagers are made online through a website or app run by a state-approved sports betting operator such as TwinSpires.

Mobile sports betting is not only available in Tennessee, it is the primary form of access to sports betting for Tennessee residents, as there are no retail sportsbooks or casinos permitted in the state.

TwinSpires players have numerous options for funding their accounts. These options include:

  • ACH deposit
  • Online banking
  • Credit Card (VISA or MasterCard only)
  • Twinspires Prepaid Play+ Card
  • Skrill
  • Check or money order
  • PayPal

Find complete information on all of these options at: https://support.twinspires.com/hc/en-us/articles/360056572252-Funding-Options-FAQ

Withdrawals from online wagering accounts with TwinSpires can be done online or by phone. Funds can be withdrawn in the following ways:

  • via check
  • via bank transfer through PayPal or EZ Money

Find complete information on withdrawal options at: https://support.twinspires.com/hc/en-us/articles/360055490731-How-can-I-make-a-withdrawal-from-my-online-wagering-account-

Historical Sports Betting Moments in Tennessee

Tennessee is uniquely positioned in the South, with a sports-rabid population, and little or no other legal sports betting options available in surrounding states. These factors contributed to a massive first week of wagering in November of 2020 when sports betting was first made available online.

According to the Legal Sports Report, “sports bettors wagered nearly $27.4 million in the first week of legal sports betting in Tennessee.” However long before the legalization of sports betting in the Volunteer State, one of the regions professional sports teams pulled off one of the most memorable moments in sports betting history.

The Music City Miracle

Over 2 decades ago, on January 8, 2000, the Titans were a 5-point favorite over the Buffalo Bills in an AFC Wild Card match-up. With just 16 seconds left in the game, Buffalo hit a field goal to take a 16-15 lead. Clear of the spread by six points, anyone betting on the Bills to cover that day was feeling pretty good at the time.

On the ensuing kickoff, following a handoff by fullback Lorenzo Neal and a questionably-legal lateral by tight end Frank Wycheck, receiver Kevin Dyson sprinted into the end zone, facilitating a miraculous comeback for the Titans. For bettors, depending which side of the bet they were on, the outcome was either one of the greatest covers of all time, or one of the worst “bad beats” ever. Enjoy the play below:

What does sports betting in Tennessee look like?

TwinSpires has brought a world of excitement to Tennessee with online sports betting. The premier sports betting website in the United States offers Tennessee sports players a wide range of betting in every major global sport around the world.

At home, you can bet on NBA and WNBA Basketball, NFL Football, Major League Baseball, and the National Hockey League. Bet on the winner, the points spread, over/under betting, or individual scores such as points, home runs, and a variety of other things for every Titans, Predators, Grizzlies, Nashville SC, Tigers, Volunteers, and Commodores game.

But it doesn’t end there. You can bet on global soccer games in competitions such as the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1, as well as Major League Soccer. International competitions such as the Champions League, European Championship, and the FIFA World Cup are also available for betting.

If you love tennis, matches at every ATP and WTA tournament await your investment. The same applies to international golf tournaments.

Rugby competitions like the Six Nations, Super Rugby, Heineken Cup, the French Top 14, England’s Premiership, and the Pro14 are available. There are also many opportunities to win on motorsports, Australian Rules football, Rugby League, cycling, boxing, and UFC/MMA are also available.

Every day there are thousands of chances to play and win from Tennessee on sports around the world with TwinSpires. Our easy-to-use website will guide you through the process of setting up an account and betting. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Tennessee Online Casinos

Is online casino gambling legal in Tennessee?


Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is on the record as referring to casino games and slots as a “destructive” form of gambling. All signs indicate no plans to legalize to regulate live or online casinos during his tenure.

Most likely Michigan online casinos will launch in the first quarter of 2021.