Menu of Bets
Below are some terms that will help you feel knowledgeable when you take your first step towards the betting window.
Win – You collect if your horse finishes first. The minimum wager is $2.
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.
Show – You collect if your horse finishes first, second, or third, but you only collect the Show payout. The minimum wager is $2.
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. If your horse finishes third, you receive the Show payout. Because you are actually placing three wagers, the minimum wager is $6.
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.
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.
Superfecta – Is similar to the 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 larger than the trifecta.
Super Hi-Five -Is similar to the Superfecta, except you must pick the horses that finish first, second, third, fourth and fifth in exact order. In the event there are no winners all the money wagered will carry over to the next Super Hi-Five pool.
Box -If you have two or more horses that you think will finish in the top spots, but you’re not sure of the order, you can Box them. You may Box an Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta or Super Hi-Five wager. This guarantees that your wager is a winner when your selections finish in the top spots, regardless of the order.
Daily Double – To collect, you must select the winner of two consecutive races. For example, you must select the winner of the first race and the second race.
Pick 3 – To collect, you must pick the winners of 3 consecutive races.
Pick 4 – To collect, you must pick the winners of 4 consecutive races.
Fortune 6 -To collect, you must pick the winners of 6 consecutive races. The 20-cent Fortune 6 will be awarded to one unique wager. On days where there are multiple winners, 60 percent of the pool will be shared equally, while 40 percent goes back into the jackpot carryover. And of course you must make your selections before the first race of your Daily Double, Pick 3, Pick 4 or Fortune 6 wager.
If you bet $2 to WIN on the #4 horse, you collect $8.60.
If you bet $2 to PLACE on the #7 horse, you collect $4.60. If you bet $2 to PLACE on the #4 horse, you collect $5.20.
If you bet $2 to SHOW on the #3 horse you collect $2.60. If you bet $2 to SHOW on the #7 horse you collect $2.80 and if you bet $2 to SHOW on the #4 show you collect $3.20.
Playing the Ponies 101
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