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Belterra Park

Belterra Park is a horse-racing track in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.
It opened in 1925, at Kellogg Rd.

History of Belterra Park

1925 – Fifteen (15) years after closing a previous track in Cincinnati, Old Oakley Race Course was the opening of the Beleterra Park in 1925. It was originally called River Downs, located along the banks of the Ohio River, adjacent to the Coney Island Water Park and Riverbend Music Center.

1937 – The track survived the Cincinnati flood in 1937 and reopened under the name of “River Downs.” 

1956The 7-furlong turf course was built, making River Downs the 13th track in America with a turf course.

1980’s – The Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes became the wealthiest race for 2-year-olds in Ohio

1996State legislation permitted full card simulcasting in the state. 

1997 – After months of renovation of the River Downs Racebook, the track was unfortunately flooded by the Cincinnati flood of 1997. The entire lower level of the Clubhouse, the first level of the grandstand, the office, and the barn area were all flooded. 

2011 – Pinnacle Entertainment purchased Belterra Park on January 2011.

2013 Pinnacle renamed River Downs to Belterra Park on October 2013. 

2014 – Belterra Park applied to race until mid-October in its 2014 reopening, citing an opportunity created when the autumn racing dates at nearby Turfway Park were transferred to Churchill Downs.

2018 – Boyd Gaming purchased the property from Pinnacle, along with three other casinos, on October 2018.

Track Details

Main Track

  • The Main Track (dirt) is 1 mile (oval) with 6 1/2 furlong and a 1 1/4-mile chute.

Turf Course

Other Facilities


  • The grandstand seating capacity has 1,200 permanent stadium-style seats with room to add another 1,000 bleacher-style seats on larger race days.


  • It also has a stable area that can accommodate up to 1,350 horses.


Stadium Sports Bar & Grill

  • It has private seating for 50 guests.

Chef’s Table At Favorites

  • It can capacitate a maximum of 75 guests.

River Downs Club

  • It can accommodate a maximum of 200 guests.

Black Gold Suite

  • It can accommodate a maximum of 20 guests.


Stadium Sports Bar & Grill

  • It features over 50 HDTVs
  • Visitors should be 21 or older to dine.
  • Open Hours
    • Sunday – 11:00 am to 9:00 pm (Bar Service until 10:00 pm)
    • Monday to Wednesday – 11:30 am to 9:00 pm (Bar Service until 10:00 pm)
    • Thursday to Saturday – 11:30 am to 11:00 pm (Bar Service until midnight)

Chef’s Table at Favorites

  • Must be 21 or older to dine at Chef’s Table
  • Open Hours
    • Thursdays – 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    • Fridays & Saturdays – 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Burger Brothers

  • Open Hours
    • Thursday to Saturday – 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
    • Closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Club 38

  • All Boyd Rewards members with access to Club 38 are allowed to bring one (1) guest.
  • Open Hours
    • Dinner buffet service
      • Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
    • Happy Hour
      • Wednesday to Saturday – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
    • Club 38 is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races

Belterra Park Race Schedule

🐎 Live Racing Schedule

  • Belterra Park live racing starts in April and ends in October, with racing held on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, most Thursdays, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.
  • Quarter horse racing is also featured in September and October. 

Major Races

  • 🐴 Babst/Palacios Memorial Handicap
  • 🐴 Tall Stack Stakes 
  • 🐴 Tomboy Stakes 
  • 🐴 Green Carpet Stakes 
  • 🐴 Sydney Gendelman Memorial Handicap 
  • 🐴 Cincinnatian Stakes
  • 🐴 Norm Barron Queen City Oaks 
  • 🐴 Horizon Stakes 
  • 🐴 Vivacious Stakes
  • 🐴 Tah Dah Stakes
  • 🐴 Loyalty Stakes

Location and Access to the Racecourse

Belterra Park is a horse racing track located in Hamilton County, near Cincinnati, Ohio. Sitting right next to the banks of the Ohio River. It is owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties and operated by Boyd Gaming.


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