How to Win a 5 Horse Race Betting Exacta, Quinella, Trifecta and Superfecta
Horse racing may look like a nice clean sport, but it’s anything but. It’s a complex game that relies on multiple inputs ranging from wind speed to what the horses had for breakfast.
A Pick 5 is a five-race parlay that wins only if all of its horses win their respective races. The payouts are based on $1.00 wagers, unless otherwise noted.
An exacta is a bet that requires the punter to select two horses to finish in first and second place, in the correct order. It is more difficult to win than a quinella, but offers higher payouts.
Exacta bets can be placed in a variety of ways. The most common is a straight exacta, which involves selecting two horses that you think will finish in the same order. This bet can be made for a minimum of $2.
Exacta bets can also be boxed, which increases the odds of winning but also raises the cost of the bet. For example, if you like three horses equally, you can do a three horse exacta box by betting on all the possible combinations of those horses finishing first and second – 3-1, 2-1, 2-3 and 3-2. A combination exacta, which covers more than two horses, can be even more expensive but is worth considering if you feel confident about your selections.
A trifecta is a wager in which you select three horses to finish first, second and third in a race. It can be a tough bet to hit, but when it hits, it can pay enormously. Often, a trifecta can cost just $2 and yield hundreds or even thousands of dollars in profit.
A boxed trifecta is a bet that includes more combinations than the straight line version. It also offers a little more security because it excludes horses that are not running in the first three positions. This type of bet is good for a bettor who has a strong opinion on one horse and wants to maximize their return.
A roving/floating banker is a great way to increase the odds of hitting a trifecta. It’s a way to keep the total cost of the bet down by using a single horse in the win position and then adding more picks for second and third place.
If four popular horses finish first, second, third and fourth in the same order, you’re probably not going to hit a major score with your superfecta bet. However, if you can sneak some longshots into the top four that fewer people have, you could see some impressive payouts.
To increase your chances of hitting a superfecta, consider boxing or keying horses in your bets. Boxing involves selecting a number of horses to cover multiple combinations while keying requires picking one or more horses as your primary contenders and using other horses for the remaining positions in the bet.
This type of Superfecta wager is considered the easiest to make because it allows you to select a group of horses without specifying the exact order in which they’ll finish. In a small Superfecta betting pool, you might choose horses 2, 4, and 10 in a 10-horse field to play a $1 Superfecta part wheel that covers 42 possible combinations at a cost of $42. If you win, the payoff will be very high.
The odds on a horse are the chances that it will win or place, with winning bettors getting all of the money wagered on the race plus a small deduction taken out by the track. Odds are determined at the moment a result is official and can be seen on the betting boards as well as online.
Betting on a Superfecta means picking the first four horses to finish in exact order and as a basic bet it costs just $2. However if you want to increase your chances of hitting the combination you can play a Superfecta Part Wheel or a Superfecta Key.
A Superfecta Box allows you to nominate more than one horse for each position which can quickly ramp up the cost of your bet. For example a $1 Trifecta box with horses 2 & 5 in leg one and 1, 4 & 7 in leg two would cost you 54 combinations so that is something to be aware of.