Horse Race Info
A "WIN" bet is just what it sounds like: betting that the horse you pick
will win the race. You win if the horse wins.
For a horse to "PLACE" it must finish the race either first or second. This
bet generally pays less than the win bet but it gives you two chances to win
instead of just one.
For a horse to "SHOW" it must finish the race either first, second or third.
This bet generally pays less than either the win or place bet, but it gives
you three chances to get a return for your investment.
ACROSS THE BOARD
This is a quick way to say that I want to bet a horse to finish in any of
the first three positions etc. ($2 Across The Board = $2 to win, $2 to
place, and $2 to show). If the horse wins you collect all three bets. If the
horse finishes 2nd then you collect the place and show bets. If the horse
finishes 3rd then you will only collect the show bet.
In the Quinella, you must pick the horses
that finish first and second. Either one can be first and the other one
second. This bet functions exactly the same as the "Exacta Box". Although
the Quinella has the same function as the "Exacta Box" the payoff can vary
substantially. You must remember that there is no such wager of an exacta
box, it is really two separate bets on one ticket. The Quinella wagers are
entered into their own pool separate from the exacta pool. Not all tracks
offer the Quinella wager, but to the best of my knowledge all tracks accept
the term exacta box where ever the exacta wager is offered. If both the
Quinella and Exacta wagers are offered it is wise to check the tote board
before making a Quinella or Exact Box wager to see which one offers the
With this bet you must pick the first
three finishing horses in the order of their finish. In other words, you
must pick the horse that wins, the horse that finishes second and the horse
that finishes third.
The simplest form of this wager is the Straight Trifecta, which is a single
combination of the first three finishers. The minimum bet for a Straight
Trifecta is $2. To purchase, simply tell the clerk: "$2 Trifecta on 1-2-3."
A Trifecta is not offered in all races at all tracks (refer to program).
NOTE: This wager is also called the "Triple" at some
The trifecta box has a $1 minimum bet per combination -- $6 minimum total
cost. You can box three or more horses on a single ticket and wager $1 (or
more) on each combination.
Example: To purchase a $1 Trifecta Box
using four horses, tell the clerk: "$1 Trifecta Box 11-2-3-4."
The following examples are for a $1 Trifecta Box:
3 horse box ( 6 combinations) Cost $ 6
4 horse box ( 24 combinations) Cost $ 24
5 horse box ( 60 combinations) Cost $ 60
6 horse box (120 combinations) Cost $120
7 horse box (210 combinations) Cost $210
The Key Wager requires the Key horse to finish FIRST with any combination of
two or more horses finishing second and third. For example, if your key
horse is #5 and your other horses are #'s 2, 4 and 6, you will win if #5
finishes first and two of your other three horses finish second and third.
Example: To make the bet, tell the
clerk: "$1 Trifecta Key #5 on top of 1, 2 and 3," and the ticket will cost
$6. If four horses were coupled with the Key horse, the cost would have been
You may select one or two horses to finish in a given position and combine
your selection with all possible combinations. The number of combinations
will vary according to the total number of horses in the race.
Example # 1: If you pick #6 to finish first in a 12-horse field and
want to have $1 per combination, tell the clerk: "$1 Trifecta 6-All-All."
The total cost of the ticket is $110.