Horse racing is back in Collinsville. But things will look different this year, including the name of the track
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — For the 96th year, there will be live thoroughbred horse racing in Collinsville, Illinois. However, things might look quite a bit different if you haven’t been in a while.
No longer called Fairmount Park, FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing will open the live racing season on Tuesday, April 27 at 1 p.m.
Aside from the name change, the facility is now home to the FanDuel Sportsbook which opened this spring. It’s open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. for simulcast betting and sports wagering.
The track will have a 53-day race schedule this year adding Saturday night live racing in May, Friday night live racing in June and Tuesday afternoon racing beginning on April 27.
There will be COVID-19 restrictions in place to begin the season with general admission limited to 600 people inside and 600 outside. It will be handled on a “first come, first served basis”.
“We are excited to welcome fans back even with the capacity restrictions,” FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing President and General Manager Melissa Helton said in a statement. “To have our opening day the same week as the Kentucky Derby has the entire property buzzing.”
Also in 2021, the track plans on bringing back the $250,000 St. Louis Derby on Aug. 28 after a 15-year hiatus.