Betting Horses Overview

Race & Sports Book Have you ever wanted to place a bet on the ponies but were confused by all the racing jargon? Sam's Town is here to help! Listed below is an overview of some common racing terms and popular bets.

Straight Wagers: Betting on only one horse
Win- Betting your horse will come in first place.
Place-Betting your horse will come in first or second.
Show- Betting your horse will come in first, second, or third.

Exotic Wagers: Betting on multiple horses in a single bet
Exacta- Betting on two horses to come in first and second. Must be predicted in correct order.
Quinella-Betting on two horses to come in first and second. Can be in any order as long as the two horses you pick finish in top two spots.
Trifecta-Betting on three horses to come in first, second, and third. Must be predicted in exact order.
Superfecta-Betting on four horses to come in first, second, third and fourth. Must be predicted in exact order.

How Do People Pick A Horse?
If you ask 100 people you'll probably get 100 different answers on the best strategies to picking a horse.
Popular strategies include:

  • Examining the odds
  • Looking at the gate position
  • Horse's previous results
  • Jockey/Trainer data
  • Surface type

Disclaimer

For entertainment purposes only. Bet at your own risk. See Race and Sports Book For complete details and rules.