Best U.S. Horse Racing Tracks: Maryland Makes Top 10

Best U.S. Horse Racing Tracks: Maryland Makes Top 10
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Horse racing fans and bettors: The 150th running of the Kentucky Derby is just 46 days away on Saturday, May 4. And Maryland sports betting and racing fans, that means the Preakness will follow two weeks later. – your source for Maryland sports betting apps - used’s list of the top 10 racetracks in the nation, then created a ranking system using Google Trends search interest scores, Google Reviews and each location’s Average Daily Purse. Here are the best finish lines in the nation:

Top U.S. Horse Racing Venues

RankRace TrackStateAvg. Rank
1Saratoga Race CourseNew York1.6
T-2Del Mar Race TrackCalifornia3
T-2Churchill DownsKentucky3
4Keeneland Race CourseKentucky3.7
5Belmont ParkNew York4.7
6Santa Anita ParkCalifornia6
7Gulfstream ParkFlorida7
T-8Monmouth ParkNew Jersey7.3
T-8Oaklawn Racing Casino ResortArkansas7.3
10Pimlico Race CourseMaryland8.7


Breaking Down the Top 10

Based on this ranking system, Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York is the best U.S. racetrack with a search interest score of 1.6. In addition, New York, California, and Kentucky are tied for states with the most highly ranked horse tracks each with two apiece.

Pimlico Race Course - home of racing’s second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness, in Baltimore - rounds out the top 10 in the rankings with an 8.7 interest score. Pimlico is right behind Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Ark., and Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., which both tied for eighth with a score of 7.3.

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Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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