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.
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. … If you think a horse s 50% chance to win, then your price is even money. If the bookies are quoting more than evens, and it wins, you will win on the race.
If the horse Wins, Places or Shows, the bet is won. In contrast to the Show bet, however, the finishing position of the horse will determine the exact payout received on a bet, according to the probable payout odds on the tote board (i.e. a Win pays more than a Place; Place pays more than a Show.)
This also allows you to choose more than two runners. For example, if you choose three horses in a boxed exacta, any two of your horses need to finish first and second – but you now have six possible combinations, so a $1 boxed Exacta will cost you $6.
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.
With a lay bet, you are effectively backing something not to occur. If you were to lay a horse in a race, then you would be backing it not to win. If you were to lay a football team then you would be backing it not to win. So yes, lay bets are the direct opposite of back bets.
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.
Trifecta — Pick three horses. If they finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd, in exact order, you win. Superfecta — Pick four horses. If they finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, in exact order, you win.