Horse race betting is coming to Biloxi in time for the Kentucky Derby

They’re off and running and Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi is the first casino on the Coast to take bets on horse racing.

The ribbon cutting is at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Contact Sports Book and comes just ahead of the race for the Triple Crown that starts with the Kentucky Derby on May 4.

Bets can be placed everyday at two windows, where tellers will help with common or more advanced bets, or two self-service kiosks in the sports book, said general manager Keith Crosby.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing to the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Crosby said. While the sportsbook at the Palace opened in August, “We hadn’t gotten to the point where it (betting on horses) was permitted,” he said.

“This is a project we have worked on for several years,” Crosby said, “and we are excited to offer our guests the best possible wagering opportunities on all major U.S. tracks…