• The Basics of Horseplay

    The two main types of wagers.

    1. Straight wagers (These wagers only involve one horse):
      Win: You collect only if your horse finishes first. The minimum wager is $2

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      Place: You collect if your horse finishes first or second. However, if your horse wins, you only collect the Place payout.
      The minimum wager is $2.

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      Show: You collect if your horse finishes first, second or third, but you collect only the Show payout.
      The minimum wager is $2.

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      Across The Board:
      You are wagering on a horse to Win, Place and Show. You receive one ticket for all three wagers. If your horse wins, you receive Win, Place and Show payouts. If your horse finishes second, you receive Place and Show payouts; and if your horse is third, you receive the Show payout. Because you are actually placing three wagers, the minimum wager is $6.

    2. Combination or "Exotic" wagers (These wagers involve two or more horses):

      Daily Double: To collect, you must select the winner of two races. For example, you must select the winner of the first race and the second race. Of course, you must place the wager before the first of your two races!

      Exacta: To collect, you must pick the horses that finish first and second in exact order. For example, if you play a 3-5 exacta, the #3 horse must Win and the #5 horse must Place (come in second) for you to collect.

      Exacta Box: Is made to guarantee the outcome of the first two finishers regardless of which horse wins. For example, if you box the #3 and #5 horses and either the #3 or the #5 horse wins and finishes second, you win.

      Trifecta: Is similar to an exacta, except you must pick the horses that finish first, second, and third in exact order. This is a challenging wager that often yields large dividends.

      Trifecta Box: Is made to guarantee the outcome of the first three finishers regardless of which horse wins. For example, if you box the #3, the #7 and #5 horses and either the #3 , #7 or the #5 horse wins, finishes second and third, you win.

      Pick 3: To collect, you must pick the winners of three consecutive races. And, of course, you must make your selections before the first race of your Pick 3 wager. An excellent wager that offers great excitement and opportunity to score Big!

      Superfecta: Is similar to an exacta and trifecta, except you must pick the horses that finish first, second, third and fourth in exact order. This is also a challenging wager that often yields dividends even larger than the trifecta.


    Now I just need to know what horses to bet on!
    The first thing you need is Lone Star Today, our official program. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie has made great strides to provide racing information unparalleled in quality and accuracy. A "How To Read The Program" page can be found in the center of this publication. The program can be purchased at all entrances and includes all the information you'll need to have a productive day at the races. The official program Lone Star Today includes racing information such as the names of trainers, jockeys and all of the past performance lines. Unique to Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, our program includes handicapping advice and featured articles about the horse racing scene. In addition, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie Star Player Guides, our racing/fan education staff, can assist you with any questions you might have about handicapping or racing information in general.

    How To Make A Bet
    Locate a mutuel window and indicate the following:

    1. Indicate the track you want to wager on. Because Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie plays host to several tracks, it is necessary to clearly state Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie or any of our other simulcast track names.
    2. Indicate the Race Number, unless it's the current race.

    3. Indicate the Amount you wish to wager.

    4. Indicate the Type of bet you wish to make.

    5. Indicate the Number of the horse(s), as shown in the program. For Example: "Lone Star Park, fifth race. Two dollars to win on number 6."

      * Note-It is very important to check your tickets for accuracy before leaving the window. Once you leave the window and the race begins, you cannot
      change your ticket, Also, never tear up your tickets until the race has been declared "official."


    To cash a winning ticket by mail

    Per Section 11.07 of the Texas Racing Act (enacted Sept 1, 2007) Effective September 1, 2007. Winning pari-mutuel tickets and vouchers issued on or after September 1, 2007 are valid for one year from the date the ticket was purchased and/or the voucher was issued.  You may cash your ticket during a future visit to the Pavilion or mutuel tickets may be cashed by mail. Please print clearly and send your ticket with name and address to:

    Lone Star Park At Grand Prairie, Mutuels Department
    1000 Lone Star Parkway
    Grand Prairie, TX 75050

    Please send the ticket certified mail or registered mail, return receipt requested and retain a copy of the ticket for your records. I.R.S. regulations require that gambling earnings that exceeds odds of 300 to 1 are reportable. When cashing such a ticket we require positive I.D., preferably a picture ID such as a drivers license and a social security card. Management reserveres the right to determine if supporting identification is acceptable.