Dover Downs was originally constructed to feature both horse racing and motor sports. In fact, it’s first motor sports event was the NASCAR Winston Cup race. Dover Downs flirted with thoroughbred racing its first two years, but harness racing soon took over. The first harness card was in November 1969.
Dover Downs Track Layout
Dover Downs is one of the most unique tracks in the world, as it lies entirely inside the Dover International Speedway track for car racing.
Track History & Quick Facts
In the early 1970s, competition from other horse race betting venues and tracks took its toll on Dover Downs. To compensate for the loss, Dover Downs increased its motor sports schedule.
As is the case with many horse racing tracks, the arrival of slot machines - or video lottery machines as they are sometimes called - help increase the revenue of the track. The video lottery terminals helped the Dover Downs increase the purses. Eventually, the Dover Downs emerged as one of the top harness racing facilities in the country.
Dover Downs is no longer just a horse racing venue. It's a complete entertainment destination complete with horse race betting, casino games, hotel and performances. The Dover Downs Hotel has hundreds of rooms and a conference center. They feel it rivals anything Atlantic City or Las Vegas has to offer.
Dover Downs Betting Odds
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