How to Wager
Easy as one, two, three.
So you’re at the track, you’ve got a program, and you’re ready to place your bets. Here’s how to get started....
Choose your wager type.
First things first: you need to decide what sort of wager you’d like to make. There are a variety of different types with different conditions for victory.
•WIN - Your selection must finish 1st.
•PLACE - Your selection must finish 1st or 2nd.
•SHOW - Your selection must finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
•DAILY DOUBLE - You must pick the winner of two consectutive races.
•EXACTA - You must pick the first two horses to finish in the exact order.
•TRIFECTA - You must pick the first three horses to finish in the exact order they finish.
•SUPERFECTA - You must pick the four horses finishing first, second, third and fourth in exact order.
•PICK THREE - You must select the winners of three consecutive races as designated in the program.
•PICK FOUR - You must select the winners of four consecutive races as designated in the program.
Select your winning horses.
Purchase a racing program, or use the Equibase resources in Horse Racing, to examine the stats and decide what horses you think will win.
•Each horse is assigned a number that appears in the program and on the horse's saddle pad. Evaluate the horses one at a time using the information provided in the program.
•Look at the percent chance that the jockey will win the race on this particular horse. This can be found under the jockey’s name.
•Look at the horse's race record. Most programs have a diagram at the beginning that will show you where it can be found.
•Look at the estimated odds of this horse winning the race. This will appear as a large number printed next to the horse’s information.
•The published odds are estimates and can change depending on the track condition, amount of money bet on the horse, and other factors. These changes can be observed on the monitors prior to each race.
•Remember that bets on horses with the lowest odds will yield the lowest winnings. If you are willing to take a risk, you can bet on horses with higher odds and potentially make more money if the horse wins.
•Consider the following additional information located in the back of the program: Jockey’s overall win percentage, Trainer’s overall win percentage & Owner’s overall win percentage
Place your wager & watch.
Now it’s time to place your bet. You can visit a Mutuel Clerk at the track or place a wager with an electronic Self Service Terminal. Whichever method of wagering you choose, don’t forget to check your tickets before leaving the window.
BETTING WITH A MUTUEL CLERK:
- What track you want to bet on.
- What race number.
- How much you want to bet.
- What kind of bet you want (win, place, show, exacta, etc...)
- The number of the horse.
FOR EXAMPLE: "Portland Meadows, race 5, $2.00 to win on number 7."
OR: "Portland Meadows, race 3, $2.00 exacta, numbers 3 and 5."
BETTING WITH A SELF SERVICE TERMINAL:
- Choose the track you wish to wager on from the top row. If you do not see your desired track, press "OTHER TRACKS".
- Choose the race number you wish to bet.
- Choose the amount you wish to bet.
- Choose the type of wager you would like to make.
- Choose the number(s) you wish to bet on and/or the respective combinations you want to make by using the numbers and wager types on the top row.
- Print ticket with completed wager.
- Remember to check your trickets and press "FINISH" to get your remining balance in the form of a voucher.