Top 5 Best Horse Racing Slots Ahead Of The Kentucky Derby

The first Saturday in May is the traditional running of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of horse racing’s triple crown. The top 5 horse racing-themed slots games, however, can be played 365 days a year–but they are even more fun to play during Derby week.

So, while 20 horses will be making the “Run for the Roses” at Churchill Downs on Saturday, slots players can be making a run for some cash any day of the week. Let’s take a look at the top 5 horse racing-themed slots that can be found while playing online casino games.

5. Lucky Horse – Play Now At Golden Nugget

Available at Golden Nugget Online and featuring stacked wilds, horizontal expanding wilds, and up to 466 paylines, Lucky Horse offers many paths to victory. Players realize five pay lines per credit played with an added bonus of 16 free pay lines added for betting all lines, bringing the total to 466 paylines for 90 credits.

Released by High5 Games in 2013 and licensed by IGT, the popular four-by-six-reel game incorporates the familiar 10, J, Q, K, A graphics, with other reel images including a racehorse, jockey, elegant male and female patrons, championship trophy, and the Lucky Horse wild graphic, which multiplies line wins, up to 1000x.

At the bottom of the reels, players will find a meticulously-groomed race track. On the side of the reels is a large crowd, gathered for the big race day. Above the reels is the magnificent roof of the race track, undoubtedly modeled after the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs.

The return to player rate of Lucky Horse is 94.9%.

4. Triple Crown – Play Now At Golden Nugget

A straight-forward three-reel slot game at Golden Nugget Online, Triple Crown features nine paylines and plenty of opportunities for addition free spins. This Design Works Gaming online slot game is fast-paced and fancy-free.

Reel graphics include the classic stacked bars, both a red and yellow number 7, and also the lucky horseshoe as a wild.

The top prizes are displayed above the reels at all times. This online slot game is as classic as the Triple Crown in horse racing, consisting of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.

The return to player rate of Triple Crown is 95.24%

3. Bookie Of Odds – Play Now At BetMGM Casino

Developed by Triple Edge Studios for award-winning Microgaming and available now at BetMGM Casino, Bookie of Odds is a five-reel, ten-payline high-volatility slot game with a horse racing theme.

With plenty of wilds, scatters and free spins, the star of the show is the “Bookie’s Tip Book” graphic, which acts as both a wild and a scatter. Three or more bookie graphics triggers free spins– either 10, 12, or as many as 25 to be exact.

Bookie of Odds also includes a REELBET respin feature, for players to realize more chances at winning. Players get to spin individual reels at variable costs, adding a level of strategy to go along with an element of luck–much like the game of horse racing.

But it is the bonus round with a chance for players to multiply their wins by up to 5000x which is the featured longshot of gameplay.

The return to player rate of Bookie of Odds is 96.31%.

2. Road To Riches: Race Day – Play Now At FanDuel Casino

The lucky leprechaun is back at FanDuel Casino for Barcrest Group and SG Digital’s Rainbow Riches foray into a horse racing themed-slot. Road to Riches: Race Day is a 6×4 grid set up with a whopping 4,096 ways to win!

While there are no paylines per se, winning combinations of graphics create more and more opportunities for players to win with cascades (winning combo graphics “explode”, which allows new graphics to fall to the free spaces and those winning combinations are paid out to the player as a bonus) and the appearance of different-colored horse symbols.

This is where the game incorporates the horse racing aspect. At the top of the grid are five horses, each representing a different color. Each time that particular horse graphic shows up on the grid, the horse with that corresponding color gets closer to the “finish line”. When a horse reaches the finish line, the player wins the prize pot shown for the winning horse.

Free spins are triggered by four or more scatter symbols being displayed on the grid. Each round continues until players realize a prize pot of a maximum of 5000x is achieved.

The return to player rate of Road to Riches: Race Day is 96.25%.

1. Scudamore’s Super Stakes – Play Now At DraftKings Casino

Released by NetEnt in 2019, Scudamore’s Super Stakes is a highly volatile slot game that features a bonus round where players get to race their horse against three others for a chance of up to a 5000x award. It’s available now at DraftKings Casino.

The five-by-three reel layout incorporates ten paylines. Interspersed with the basic game graphics are random wilds and free spins. There is also a “bet slip” feature, which allows the player to choose one symbol to collect and be rewarded with multipliers every time that symbol appears.

The game is an homage to eight-time Champion Jockey Peter Scudamore, who lends his voice as the commentator to the exciting bonus round, where the layout changes to five reels and four rows with 32 paylines. This is when the race begins!

Each horse in the bonus round is represented by reel symbols with a different multiplier and unique odds of winning the bonus round race. The horses move forward when their symbol combinations appear on the reel. The first horse to move four positions based upon the spin results “wins” the race.

The return to player rate of Scudamore’s Super Stakes is 96.99%.

About the Author

Ryan Dickey

Ryan Dickey has worked in the gaming industry for parts of three decades, with stints at two Las Vegas casinos, as a journalist covering horse racing, and in the sports betting realm as part of a handicapping service. Once again a Vegas resident, he continues his involvement in horse racing as an owner and public handicapper. He has a penchant for online casino offers as well as finding opportunities on various sports betting platforms.