The numbers displayed as 4-7 or 2-5 tell you what you pay and how much you get back if the horse you bet on wins. The first number tells you how much you could win, the second number is the amount you bet. So, if the odds are listed as 2-1, you’ll get $2 for every $1 you bet. Odds are displayed in one of two formats.
Types of Horse Racing Wagers (and Your Chances of Winning)Bet TypeYour Chances of WinningSuggested Plays (Based upon a $100 Bankroll)ShowVery good$6 per horsePlaceGood$5 per horseWinAverage$4 per horseQuinellaAverage$2 quinella box using three horses costs $6
If it is second, you collect on place and show and if it is third you collect on only the show part of the bet. Win/Place or Place/Show: Simply a combination of win & place or place & show. There are two combinations, so a $2 bet would cost $4 in total.
JACKPOT – Choose the winners of all 4 races that comprise the Jackpot (Legs 1 to 4). One horse or more can be chosen in each of the 4 races. PLACE ACCUMULATOR – Choose a horse, or horses, to finish FIRST, SECOND or THIRD in each of the 7 races that comprise the Place Accumulator (Legs 1 to 7).
If you bet $2 to win on each of those horses in every race you will have bet a total of $10. … You will need to win 2 out of 5 races to show a profit. By being right 40% of the time you can make money betting on 2:1 shots at the racetrack. Of course things don’t always line up that simply in the real world.
A horse priced at even money, is 50% chance to win, so in your $100 stake, you bet $50 on that, and so on. So you don’t bet like this. If you bet equal amounts on all horses, then you will win if the long prised horse wins, but lose if the short priced one wins. … So you don’t back every horse.
Take a look at our beginner’s guide to winning at horse racing to put yourself on the right path!
Horse Betting: Thoroughbred Tips
Also known as an “Across the Boards” bet, a Win-Place-Show bet is a manner of horse racing betting that is much like a Show bet. The bettor selects a single horse to Win, Place or Show (finish in first, second or third) in the race. If the horse Wins, Places or Shows, the bet is won.
Across the boardResult$2 Win$2 ShowYour horse wins.CollectCollectYour horse places.LoseCollectYour horse shows.LoseCollectYour horse finishes out of the money.LoseLose
The Three Different Win Place Show Bets
Win: If you wager $2 to Win on your horse, you collect only if your horse finished first. … Show: If you wager $2 to Show, your horse must finish first, second, or third. But remember, you only collect the Show payoff.
On a PICK 3 bet you select the winning horse in three consecutive races. This is usually offered on the first and last 3 races of the day, although some tracks may offer this bet on any three consecutive races.
For box First four bets, you multiply the number of selections for 1st place, 2nd place (minus 1), 3rd place (minus 2) and fourth place (minus 3). If you box six horses in a First four bet, it will cost 6 x (6-1) x (6-2) x (6-3) = $360 for a full $1 unit.