Back To Basics

The next KD Prep-Race is the Fountain Of Youth Stakes on March 2nd at Gulfstream Park in Florida.  After which the preps will come fast and furious, with some of the Saturdays leading up to The Derby having as many as three “Road To The Derby” races.  So it was suggested to the Daily Racing Blog by one of our many readers that we do a review, of sorts, using some of our earlier columns to help the casual race fan and bettor, get reacquainted with the vernacular used when handicapping races featured here.

Here then the basic descriptions of some common wagers at race tracks in North America with minimum bets and how they work.  These wagers are found at just about every major thoroughbred track.

WIN:  The horse you wagered on must finished first in order to cash the ticket.  A two dollar bet at most tracks.

PLACE:  Your horse must finish first or second to collect.  A two dollar minimum wager.

SHOW:  If your horse finishes first, second, or third you win money !  Same minimum bet as above.

EXACTA BOX:  You play two horses.  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. They must come in first, second, and third in EXACT order to collect.  Most tracks now offer a .50 cent minimum on this wager.
TRIFECTA BOX:  You play three horses.  They must finish first, second, and third in any order to collect.
TRIFECTA KEY:  You play three horses.  You choose 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.

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.

SUPERFECTA:    You play four horses.  They must come in first, second, third, and fourth in EXACT order.  The majority of tracks now offer .10 cent Superfectas.

In betting a Superfecta Box or Superfecta Key, apply the same principles as in the Trifecta Box and Key wagers.

Be sure to stop back to DRB as we will continue our refresher course on the ABC’s of horse betting through February.











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