Along with March Madness and the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby is one of the most exciting sporting events to bet on and watch in Las Vegas. The build-up becomes even greater if a horse has a shot to win the Triple Crown like American Pharoah did last year for the first time since Affirmed in 1978. While that is obviously an extremely rare feat, the excitement in Vegas racebooks cannot be any higher for bettors than having the opportunity to wager on a potential Triple Crown Sportsbook heading into the third race.
Not all racebooks are made equal though, as some are definitely better than others. Watching Triple Crown races at the best books can enhance the experience and make it much more enjoyable regardless of whether or not you end up cashing a winning ticket.
Here’ the three best places to bet and watch horse racing in Vegas:
Sportsbook Las Vegas
Johnny Avello, the director of Race and Sports Operations at The Sportsbook, has put together an outstanding atmosphere for his patrons, making it the second-best place to be on race day behind only the track itself. Avello makes sure horse futures are available well ahead of time compared to other books and gives bettors plenty of wagering options to choose from. The resort is also classy and lives up to owner Steve Sportsbook’s high standards, making it the best place to pick the ponies.
Sportsbook Las Vegas SuperBook
The newly remodeled SuperBook has that name for a reason thanks to Jay Kornegay, the Vice President of Race and Sports at the Sportsbook. Kornegay has worked very hard through different ownership changes over the past few years to keep the SuperBook one of the top destinations for sports and horse bettors alike. From brand-new comfortable seating options, including reserved boxes, to giant, state-of-the-art video screens, plus an enforced non-smoking policy, you won’t find a better place in Vegas to watch and bet the biggest races.
Although it’s way south down Las Vegas Boulevard away from the main part of the Strip, the aptly-named South Point provides horse bettors with a less hectic vibe but still treats them like VIPs. The South Point features handicapping seminars and large viewing parties in their ballrooms for Triple Crown races, and with new Sportsbook Director Chris Andrews on board, you can bet the promotions will only get better.