Watch, Wager Major Derby Prep Races At A Virginia Bets OTB In March

March and early April is the bet time of the year to be a horseplayer! Three-year-old horses battle in huge Derby prep races every weekend for a chance to secure a spot in the starting gate at Churchill Downs the first Saturday in May!

Be part of the action at any of the four Virginia Bets OTBs in Richmond (Ponies & Pints), Henrico (Breakers Sports Grille), Chesapeake (Buckets Bar & Grill) and Collinsville/Martinsville (The Windmill OTB Sports Grill). Are you a Virginia resident and want to bet on line? We have four partner sites you can wager with:,, and

Racing fans filled Ponies & Pints last year on Derby Day.

Here’s the Derby prep schedule for the rest of March.

Saturday March 16 at Oaklawn
*$1 Million Rebel Stakes (Gr. 2) plus:
*$350,000 Azeri Stakes (Gr. 2)
*$300,000 Essex Handicap

Saturday March 23 at Fair Grounds
*$1 Million Louisiana Derby (Gr. 2) plus:
*$400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (Gr. 2)
*$400,000 New Orleans Handicap (Gr. 2)
*$300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (Gr. 2)

Sunday March 24 at Sunland
*$800,000 Sunland Derby (Gr. 3) plus:
*$200,000 Sunland Park Oaks
*5 additional $100,000 stakes!

The Buckets OTB in Chesapeake is conveniently located in the Great Bridge area, in the Battlefield Shopping Plaza.

Saturday March 30th at Gulfstream

$1 Million Florida Derby (Gr. 1), plus
*$300,000 Gulfstream Park Mile (Gr. 2)
*$250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (Gr. 2)
*$250,000 Pan American Stakes (Gr. 2)
*$125,000 Sanibel Island Stakes
*$100,000 Sand Spring Stakes

Steve Haskin will discuss the 2019 Derby contenders with fans at Breakers and Ponies & Pints on March 29th.

Meet national racing writer Steve Haskin (of “Derby Dozen” fame) on Friday March 29th at the Richmond area OTBs between 4-7 PM. Talk about the top Derby prospects and the following day’s Florida Derby card. Steve will be distributing free Saturday Gulfstream past performance programs@!