Can I Bet the Kentucky Derby From Idaho, Montana, the Dakotas?

Written by:
Published on:

You can bet the Kentucky Derby from Idaho, Montana and the Dakotas from the comfort of your own home at any one of a number of top online racebooks, none of which will ever require you to provide a social security number or report your winnings.


Montana allows live or simulcast horse races at licensed racetracks or simulcast facilities legal. Parimutuel, on-track wagering only.

North Dakota allows licensed horse racing; race simulcasts; parimutuel wagering, including place, show, quinella, and combination

South Dakota allows licensed horse racing, off-track pari-mutuel wagering authorized at satellite locations more than 50 miles away from any licensed horse track.

The Idaho Statesman reported on a number of top Kentucky Derby parties taking place throughout the state on Saturday.  You’ll want to have your smart phone, laptop or tablet accessible for placing those Kentucky Derby wagers

From the Statesman:

▪ Now that Les Bois Park is history, where do we go on Derby day? Your best bet for fun is Whiskey Bar, 509 W. Main St. Gentlemen, wear those blazers. Ladies, grab the titanic hats. Whiskey Bar makes a mean mint julep ($7). Other drink specials will include $4 Stella Artois beer and $5 Maker’s Mark whiskey. The Derby will be shown on a huge projector screen and two flat screens. Post time is 4:34 p.m., but Whiskey Bar doors will open at 12:30 p.m. The first 30 people receive door prizes, which range from Stella Artois glassware kits to a whiskey barrel from Maker’s Mark. (More swag will be distributed throughout the day.) Free finger food will be catered by The Shed, and Maker’s Mark will wax-dip custom glasses and brand commemorative wood pieces for guests.

▪ With more than 20 TVs, you won’t miss the action at Tailgate Sports Bar and Grill, 815 W. Ann Morrison Park Drive. (Unless you spend the wrong 2 minutes visiting the restroom, of course.) They’re encouraging Derby attire if you want to enter a costume contest for the most outrageous hat and outfit. (Prizes to be determined.) Also on the agenda: Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark swag giveaways and Kentucky-themed food (Kentucky fried chicken) and drink (mint juleps).

▪ Big Al’s, 1900 S. Eagle Road, Meridian, will have drink deals during the Derby including $5 Kentucky Derbys, $5 mint juleps and $5 Old Fashioneds.

There are advantages to betting at either internationally licensed online racebooks or US-based racebooks that we review below.

BetUS Racebook vs. TwinSpires



Free Bets After Placing a Certain Number

No Cash Back

Up to $2500 Welcome Bonus

$100 Signup Bonus

In Business Since 1994

Taking Bets Online Less Than 10 years

Does Not Require Social Security #

Must Provide Social Security #

Does Not Report Your Winnings

Reports Tax Info to Government

Offers Betting on Hundreds More Events

Limited to Horse Betting

Betting on Over 50 Race Tracks

Betting on Over 50 Race Tracks


Horse Racing News

2024 Belmont Stakes Betting Odds

If you’re hoping to use historical trends and data to pick a winner for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, you're out of luck. This year, everything about the final leg of the Triple Crown is different.

2024 Preakness Morning Odds

Mystik Dan was still coming in as the 5-2 favorite with Catching Freedom and Imagination each at 6-1 odds.