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.

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!