Caesars Partners With NYRA To Launch Horse Betting App

Written By Mike Mazzeo on March 10, 2022

Caesars Sportsbook and New York Racing Association (NYRA) Bets announced Thursday the formation of the new online horse betting app Caesars Racebook. 

The Caesars Racebook app will be available for download this spring, according to a release, and feature horse wagering across more than 250 tracks around the world. 

The app will also “offer players all the additional benefits of NYRA Bets, including race replays, handicapping insights and more.” 

NYRA president and CEO Dave O’Rourke said in a statement:

“NYRA considers it a core responsibility to grow the sport by increasing consumer access to world-class horse racing both in New York and around the country. Pairing the world-renowned Caesars brand with the rapidly growing NYRA Bets wagering platform is an ideal way to launch Caesars Racebook, which will soon deliver all the NYRA Bets tools and advantages to the Caesars customer base.”

The announcement comes at a time when a bill that would allow fixed-odds horse racing to be available on NY online sports betting apps is currently in committee. That bill would also allow kiosks to be placed at arenas, stadiums and racetracks across the state. 

Other New York horse racing partners

In May 2021, NYRA Bets partnered with BetMGM to become the operator’s first horse racing partner. 

Fox Bet is also an NYRA partner. The sportsbook Fox Sports reached an eight-year deal with the NYRA to air the Belmont Stakes in 2023. Fox also has a 25% equity interest in NYRA Bets that could expand due to a 2021 media rights partnership.

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Mike Mazzeo is the Lead Writer for PlayNY, arriving after covering several of New York's professional sports teams in a variety of roles for the past decade. Previously, he served as a beat writer and columnist covering the Brooklyn Nets (ESPN) and New York Yankees (New York Daily News). Mike also covered both the MLB and NBA nationally for Yahoo Sports. In addition, he served as a general assignment reporter for ESPN NewYork.com. He has also had bylines in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Forbes and The Ringer. With PlayNY, Mike brings extensive coverage and unique story angles to what is projected to be one of the biggest and most lucrative online sports betting markets in the country. It's been an arduous and confounding process to get here, but 20 million New Yorkers (many of them die-hards) are now legally able to bet on their favorite sports teams across the state via online and mobile platforms.

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