For the first time, part of the Cheltenham Festival will be simulcast to the U. S. On Thursday, five races from the festival will be shown in the U.S., with wagers being taken on those races at numerous racetracks, OTBs, and account wagering operations. Among the racetracks, OTBs and account wagering operators that will simulcast the Cheltenham card are: Aqueduct (NYRA), Fair Grounds, Philadelphia Park, Meadowlands, Suffolk Downs, New York City OTB, PhoneBet.com and affiliates, WinTicket.com and affiliates, XpressBet.com, and YouBet.com. TVG and HRTV will broadcast all races live as well as provide account wagering via their account wagering platforms.
The simulcast program begins with the Gold Cup at 10:15 am (EST). The Cheltenham card continues with four additional races and runs through the lunch hour, concluding with the $115,000 Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle (Eng-III) at 12:45 pm. Advance betting will be open Wednesday afternoon at most outlets.