Off Track Betting Locations in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania legalized harness-race betting in 1963 and thoroughbred wagering in 1968, which makes the state a relative newcomer to that form of gaming, but the history of horse racing in the state goes all the way back to the 17th century. Legend has it that the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, raced his horses in the streets of Philadelphia (which he also founded). The state's connection to horses was immortalized in the Stephen Foster song "Camptown Races." Both Smarty Jones, winner of the 2004 Kentucky Derby, and Barbaro, who captured the prestigious competition in 2006, were born in Pennsylvania stables.
Penn National Race Course (located in Grantville), Parx Racing (Bensalem Township) and Presque Isle Downs (near Erie) are the thoroughbred meccas; the Meadows (Washington), Pocono Downs (Wilkes-Barre) and Harrah's Philadelphia (in Chester) are the harness capitals. The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission was formed in February 2016 to administer the sport and to organize funding. Given that the state shares borders with five others where the Sport of Kings is also popular (Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and New York), the group will likely look at how to gain an edge on the competition from those areas.
Online Racebooks to Bet Pennsylvania Horse Racing
If you can't find a Pennsylvania OTB, you can still bet the races with one of these online racebooks.
* REMINDER! - you must be of legal age in your state or province to legally wager on thoroughbred or harness horse racing. Please bet responsibly!
Off-track wagering and simulcasts are offered at 17 locations in the Keystone State: the Downs outlets in Carbondale, East Stroudsberg, Hazleton and Lehigh Valley in Allentown (currently the state's largest OTB at 28,000 square feet); the Brandywine Turf Club in Concordville; Philadelphia's Brandywine Turf Club, Center City Turf Club and South Philadelphia Turf Club; the Turf Club in Upper Darby, the Valley Forge Turf Club in Oaks; four Penn National bureaus in Chambersburg, Lancaster, Reading and York; while the Meadows has five outlets located in Coraopolis, Greensburg, New Castle, Pittsburgh and West Mifflin.
Wagering on races in Pennsylvania and around the world are available at our recommended racebooks.
List of OTB Locations in Pennsylvania
Brandywine Turf Club1021 Baltimore Pike Concordville, PA 19331 610-361-9000 Web: www.parxracing.com/turf_brandywine.php
Northeast Turf ClubRoosevelt Mall Cottman & Bustleton Aves Philadelphia, PA 19149 215-338-1887 Web: www.parxracing.com/turf_ne.php
South Philly Turf Club700 Packer Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19148 215-551-8270 Web: www.parxracing.com/turf_sp.php
Valley Forge Turf Club600 Cresson Avenue Oaks Corporate Center Oaks, PA 19456 610-650-0100 Web: www.parxracing.com/turf_vf.php