Live Racing and Drive-Through Wagering Return to Belterra Park
2021 live racing season kicks off April 29; Drive-through wagering to return for Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby on April 30 and May 1

CINCINNATI The Belterra Park Cincinnati race meet kicks off today, April 29 and concludes on October 8, 2021. The 93-day race meet has a first post of 12:35 p.m. daily with eight live races on each day. Belterra Park’s racing grounds feature a one-mile dirt oval with a 6.5-foot chute, and a lush 7/8th’s turf course.

There are 15 stakes races for the season featuring The Best of Ohio series on May 28, showcasing five $100,000 stakes.

Returning to Belterra Park is the leading rider of the 2020 meet, John McKee, and leading trainer, Larry Smith, looking to defend their titles. The jockey colony will be competitive with riders Gerardo Corrales, Sonny Leon, Joseph Ramos, Gabriel Lagunes, and the sixth leading rider in racing history, Perry Ouzts.

Trainers targeting the Belterra Park meet in addition to last year’s top trainer Larry Smith include Wesley Ward, Tim Hamm, Thomas Drury, James Chapman, Michael Evans II, and Ron Kahles who won at a 23 percent clip last season. Belterra Park will have a nine percent increase in purses to begin the 2021 racing season.

Belterra Park will not have live racing on the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Days, but will be offering drive-through wagering on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. There will be five lanes open for wagering, and the drive-through wagering site is cash-only and will only accept wagers for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby. There will be pre-wagering available on April 30 for the Kentucky Derby, happening the following day.

To access the drive-through wagering site, guests can follow directional signs on Kellogg Avenue to the garage. The drive-through area will be for wagering only, and guests can return to cash their winning tickets at their convenience beginning on May 2 at 11 a.m. in the grandstand area. 

There is a rich history of Thoroughbred racing action in the Cincinnati area, from the early ‘20s with the Coney Island Racecourse to the historic River Downs. Belterra Park is proud to continue racing in Ohio, offering free parking and free admission daily. 

For the full 2021 live racing schedule, please visit  

Since reopening, Belterra Park has practiced “Boyd Clean,” a set of comprehensive protocols aimed at protecting the health and safety of its team members and guests. These safety protocols include requiring team members and guests to wear facial coverings, practicing social distancing and more. For additional information on the Boyd Clean initiative, please visit

About Belterra Park Cincinnati

Belterra Park Cincinnati provides a best-in-market entertainment destination featuring live racing on a one-mile dirt track and the only turf track in Ohio, pari-mutuel wagering, multiple games and three dynamic restaurants that include relaxed dining options, a simulcast room called the River Downs Club, VIP Lounge, complimentary self and valet parking and more.  For more information visit, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Belterra Park Cincinnati is a property of Boyd Gaming. Founded in 1975, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) is a leading geographically diversified operator of 28 gaming entertainment properties in 10 states. With one of the most experienced leadership teams in the casino industry, Boyd Gaming prides itself on offering its guests an outstanding entertainment experience, delivered with unwavering attention to customer service. For additional Company information and press releases, visit