In-person and online horse racing betting are legal in Colorado. Fans 18 or older can place trackside wagers at Colorado’s last remaining racetrack, off-track betting facilities (OTBs) and licensed betting sites. Overall, Colorado horse racing betting industry operates in a racing-friendly state with numerous betting options and laws that are easy to understand.
Legal Horse Racing Betting Sites in Colorado
Online Racing Betting in Colorado
Online racing betting is legal and licensed in Colorado. The Colorado Racing Commission oversees the racing industry as a whole and one of its duties includes issuing licenses to online betting operators, also known as advance deposit wagering facilities (ADWs).
Racing fans can visit the CO Racing Commission website for a list of licensed ADWs here. All websites listed on that page are licensed, regulated and have the permission of host tracks to accept wagers on their races. All wagers placed with licensed ADWs are pooled with wagers taken in-person, which means customers are paid at true track odds.
The legality of CO racing betting is addressed by Chapter 10 of 1 CCR 208-1 in the Code of Colorado Regulations. Section 10.102 (PDF pg. 109) plainly states ADWs are legal with the following text:
The Colorado Racing Commission authorized pari-mutuel wagering entity may offer a system of electronic wagering whereby, wagers and withdrawals are debited and winning payoffs and deposits are credited to an account held by an authorized wagering entity on behalf of an account holder provided:
(1) Prior Commission approval is granted for the account wagering system.
(2) Accounts are restricted for pari-mutuel wagering purposes only.
(3) Account wagers are deemed to be racing simulcast common pool wagers for all purposes.
Licensed Colorado Racetracks
Arapahoe Park in Aurora, just outside of Denver operates as Colorado’s last remaining racetrack:
Mile High Racing & Entertainment
26000 East Quincy Avenue
Aurora, CO 80016
Arapahoe Park features live racing on a calendar which typically runs from mid-May through August. Races hosted at the facility feature thoroughbred, quarter horses, and Arabians. In addition to live racing, the venue also has full simulcasting capabilities and year-round off-track betting.
The Yuma County Fair hosts races every year as well, although these are generally much smaller affairs. Additional information can be found directly on the fair website.
Off-Track Betting in Colorado
A number of off-track betting facilities can be found in the state of Colorado. The state’s racing commission maintains an updated list of operating locations, which can be found via the Colorado Department of Revenue Enforcement Division website.
26000 East Quincy Avenue
Aurora, CO 80016
The state’s lone operating racetrack also has full simulcast capabilities and offers off-track betting all year long.
2460 Patterson, #3
Grand Junction, CO 81505
As the name implies, a billiards facility which also attracts visitors for its OTB offerings.
618 25th Street
Greeley, CO 80631
Venue is open seven days per week and has full OTB capabilities.
1400 Market Street
Denver, CO 80202
An Irish Pub with full bar and food menu, as well as OTB.
2419 N. Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Offers OTB for both thoroughbreds and greyhound racing, as well as a drink menu.
10750 East Iliff Avenue
Aurora, CO 80014
Open seven days per week, this OTB facility can accommodate up to 200 guests.
3215 Lake Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81005
Located in the Southern Colorado Gaming and Event Center.
8340 W. Coalmine Avenue
Littleton, CO 80123
A sports bar and grill with full menu and OTB.
3958 Academy Blvd N, #112
Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Sports bar atmosphere makes for a great setting for off-track betting.
2716 East Mulberry Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
A popular steakhouse and bar that also attracts guests for OTB.
9239 Park Meadows Dr
Lonetree, CO 80124
Fox and Hound is a bar and grill featuring a Pick Six OTB lounge.
Colorado Horse Racing Betting Laws
Betting on horse racing is legal in Colorado. That includes in-person at the state’s operating race track, at the numerous OTB facilities located in the state, and online via officially licensed operators.
The Colorado Racing Commission maintains an updated set of laws and regulations that can be accessed online via the Colorado Department of Revenue Enforcement Division website.
Under the racing section labeled “laws and regulations,” visitors will find a lengthy PDF document which goes through all of the ins and outs. The document is named Colorado Code of Regulations and labeled with the reference 1 CCR 208-1.
Chapter 10 deals with wagering, and section 10.104 provides additional clarity on the laws surrounding electronic pari-mutuel wagering. Mobile racing betting operators that wish to offer their services in Colorado must submit a licensing request and plan of operations as explained below:
Authorized pari-mutuel wagering entities are authorized to conduct Electronic Wagering Account activity pursuant to the written plan of operation approved by the Commission. The plan of operation shall include, at a minimum:
(1) Systems of processing wagers.
(2) Internal controls for account wagering.
(3) Account wagering rules.
(4) A plan for disbursement of funds from dormant accounts.
Major Horse Racing Events in Colorado
During the racing season that runs from late Spring to late Summer, Arapahoe Park in Aurora plays host to a few signature events.
- Mile High Futurity: Quarter horse stakes race with a purse of $100,000.
- Mile High Derby: Another stakes race for quarter horses with a $100k purse.
- Gold Rush Futurity: Six furlong stakes race for two-year-old thoroughbreds with a purse of $100k.