Quick Guide to Betting the Horses

This is a $2 minimum wager at most tracks.

Trifecta Key

1 horse over 3 others – $6

1 horse over 4 others – $12

1 horse over 5 others – $20

1 horse over 6 others – $30

1 horse over 7 others – $42

Trifecta Box

You play three horses. These wagers are found at just about all types of tracks, including thoroughbred, harness, quarter horse, and greyhound tracks. Since this has multiple wagers in combination, it is a $1 minimum wager at most tracks and some even go as low as 10 cents for the minimum!

Updated

November 24, 2015.

Trifecta Box

3 horse box – $6

4 horse box – $24

5 horse box – $60

6 horse box – $120

7 horse box – $210

8 horse box – $336

Exacta Box

2 horse box – $2

3 horse box – $6

4 horse box – $12

5 horse box – $20

6 horse box – $30

7 horse box – $42

8 horse box – $56

Multiple Combination Wager Costs

All costs are based on using a $1.00 minimum wager amount

Superfecta

You play four horses. This is a $2 minimum wager at most tracks.

Win

Your horse must finish first to collect. This is a $2 minimum wager at most tracks.

Wager Types:

Superfecta Key

1 horse over 3 others – $6

1 horse over 4 others – $24

1 horse over 5 others – $60

1 horse over 6 others – $120

1 horse over 7 others – $210

By Cindy Pierson Dulay

Show

Your horse must finish first, second or third to collect. They must finish first, second, third, and fourth in ANY order. They must finish first, second, third, and fourth in ANY order.

Here is a quick description of common wager types at race tracks in North America with minimum bets and how they work. They must come in first and second in EXACT order to collect. They must come in first, second, third, and fourth in EXACT order. This is a $2 minimum wager at most tracks.

Exacta Box

You play two horses. Since this has multiple wagers in combination, it is a $1 minimum wager at most tracks and some even go as low as 10 cents for the minimum!

Place

Your horse must finish first or second to collect. Also included is a guide for estimating the cost of wagers that involve multiple combinations like boxes and keys and a chart of payoffs for $2 win bets.

Superfecta Box

4 horse box – $24

5 horse box – $120

6 horse box – $360

Superfecta Key

You play four horses. You may play more than three horses in second, third, and fourth, which means any three of those horses can finish in those positions and you will win. They must come in first, second, and third in EXACT order to collect. They must come in first and second in EITHER order to collect. Since this has multiple wagers in combination, it is a $1 minimum wager at most tracks.

Trifecta

You play three horses. This is a $2 minimum wager at most tracks.

Exacta

You play two horses. You may play more than two horses in second and third, which means any two of those horses can finish in those positions and you will win. You play four horses. You chose one horse to win, called the key horse, who must come in first followed by the other two horses second and third in any order to collect. They must finish first, second, and third in any order to collect. Since this has multiple wagers in combination, it is a $1 minimum wager at most tracks.

Win Odds and Payoffs for a $2.00 wager

1-9$2.106-5$4.403-1$8.0012-1$26.001-5$2.407-5$4.804-1$10.0015-1$32.002-5$2.803-2$5.009-2$11.0020-1$42.001-2$3.008-5$5.205-1$12.0030-1$62.003-5$3.209-5$5.606-1$14.0040-1$82.004-5$3.602-1$6.008-1$18.0050-1$102.001-1$4.005-2$7.0010-1$22.00

Superfecta Box

You play four horses. Since this has multiple wagers in combination, it is a $1 minimum wager at most tracks.. This is a $2 minimum wager at most tracks.

Trifecta Key

You play three horses. You chose one horse to win, called the key horse, who must come in first followed by the other three horses second, third, and fourth in any order to collect

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