How to Place a Bet

Once you’ve decided how you are going to bet, just step up to the teller and place your bet in the following order:

  1. Say the name of the track you have selected
  2. The number of the race
  3. The amount of the bet
  4. The type of bet
  5. The number of the horse

The Basic Bets:

Win: Your horse must finish the race in first place.

Place: Your horse must finish the race in first or second place

Show: Your horse must finish the race in 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

You have the best chance of winning on a show bet although the payoff is often the smallest.

Exotic Bets

Across the Board to your pick: that’s betting WIN, PLACE AND SHOW on all three. If your horse wins the race you collect on all three – Win, Place and Show, if your horse comes second you collect on place and show, and if your horse places third you collect on the show bet!

The Daily Double: You must bet 2 horses that finish 1st in the two consecutive races.

Exactor: Your 2 horses must finish 1st and 2nd in exact order in the same race.

Exactor Box: Your 2 horses can finish either 1st or 2nd.

Triactors: Your 3 horses must finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the exact order, in the same race.

Triactor Box: Your 3 horses must finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

Superfecta: Select the first 4 horses in exact order of finish.

Win 4: Select the winner of 4 consecutive races for the races designated as Win 4 events. This bet must be placed before the first of the 4 races is run.


Approximate Payoffs for a $2 win bet:

  • Odds Pays Odds Pays Odds Pays Odds Pays
  • 1-9 $2.20 1-1 $4.00 2-1 $6.00 5-1 $12.00
  • 1-5 $2.40 6-5 $4.40 5-2 $7.00 6-1 $14.00
  • 2-5 $2.80 7-5 $4.80 3-1 $8.00 7-1 $16.00
  • 1-2 $3.00 3-5 $5.00 7-2 $9.00 8-1 $18.00
  • 3-5 $3.20 8-5 $5.20 4-1 $10.00 9-1 $20.00
  • 4-5 $3.60 9-5 $5.60 9-2 $11.00 10-1 $22.00

For additional information check out the links below:

How To Read the Program