Bovada’s horse racing offering includes daily racing odds and bet types such as win /place / show, exactas, trifectas, quinellas and superfectas, which are available for more than 50 thoroughbred and 25 harness race tracks across the United States. That includes iconic venues Churchill Downs, Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park, which host world-renowned horses such as Arrogate, Gun Runner, Mastery and Mind Your Biscuits. Bettors can also wager on thoroughbred racing action from the UK and Ireland, Asia and Australia. Crucially, the same tracks that are found on the desktop site feature on the mobile racebook.
As well as offering a vast array of races to bet on, Bovada’s mobile racebook, features up-to-date information ahead of the jump, including the final list of horses and jockeys, and late scratchings. Each track’s stakes races and key dates are also listed, making it easy for bettors to map out their betting calendars and place futures bets at the best value. As for design, it is sleek, compact and well thought out, making for easy navigation across all of these mobile sportsbook’s features and betting options. This contrasts with many American bookmakers such as BetOnline and 5Dimes, whose mobile betting apps leave a lot to be desired in terms of design and functionality.
Another unique selling point of Bovada’s mobile racebook is that it allows Bitcoin as a payment method, further distinguishing its horse racing betting service from competitors. While Bitcoin-only sportsbooks such as CloudBet and Nitrogen Sports have grown in popularity in recent times, thanks in large part to the growing amount of sports markets they offer, there remains no horse racing to bet on through these services. In fact, outside of Bovada there are no US-based sportsbooks operating in the digital currency that also facilitate horse racing wagering.
Bovada’s excellent horse racing offering could be further enhanced with the introduction of live streaming on its mobile and desktop services. Live streaming is common among European and Australian betting apps, which have invested heavily in showcasing horse racing action from around the world to their customers. In the United States, by contrast, the only sportsbooks to have replicated this are those that are dedicated to horse racing, such as TwinSpires and Xpressbet. Racing information services Equibase and Horse Races Now also stream live races and replays, but there remains no bookmaker operating across all sports that does the same. If Bovada can get on the front foot and integrate horse racing streaming into its mobile racebook, it would once again be distinguishing itself from the rest.