Racebook


Horse Racing Wagering Rules

Off Times

Type of Track Off Times
Thoroughbred Tracks Exact Off Time
Harness Tracks Closes 2 Minutes Before Morning Post Time

Minimum Bets

  • Minimum on all races is $1.
  • The minimum total risk over the phone is $10.

The Horse Betting Site is updated daily with race information. Race information is updated only for the races occurring that day.

If you have questions, please contact the Horse Department at
866-888-6717.

Grade Time

Due to the fact that our horse wager grading system is not in-house based, and provided by a third party, we can not guarantee a horse wager will be graded immediately after the race is finished. Wagers will usually be graded 5 to 30 minutes after the results are official. Please take this into account when wagering, as your balance may be locked up in pending wagers while you are trying to wager on another event.

Scratched Horse

If a horse is scratched, all Win/Place/Show wagers will be refunded and the portion of Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta, and Quinella combos that contain the scratched horse will be refunded.
For Daily Doubles, Pick 3's and Pick 4's, if a horse is scratched in any leg, you will receive refunds on all the combinations with the scratched horse unless the track pays a consolation prize, in that case you will receive the consolation payoff.

Tracks

NUMBER OF HORSES COST
3 horse box (6 combinations) Cost $12
4 horse box (24 combinations) Cost $48
5 horse box (60 combinations) Cost $120
6 horse box (120 combinations) Cost $240
7 horse box (210 combinations) Cost $420

MAJOR TRACKS HOURS CODE
AQUEDUCT EST AQU
ARLINGTON PARK CST ARL
BELMONT PARK EST BEL
CHURCHILL DOWNS EST CHU
DEL MAR PST DMR
FAIRGROUNDS CST FGX
GULFSTREAM EST GUL
HAWTHORNE CST HAW
KEENELAND EST KEN
LAUREL PARK EST LAU
LOS ALAMITOS THOROUGHBRED PST LOT
MONMOUTH EST MTH
OAKLAWN CST OAK
PIMLICO EST PIM
SANTA ANITA PARK PST SAX
SARATOGA EST SAR

OTHER TRACKS HOURS CODE
BALMORAL (H) CST BAL
BELTERRA PARK EST BTP
CALDER RACE COURSE EST CRC
CALIFORNIA EXPO (H) PST CEX
CANTERBURY PARK CST CBY
CHARLES TOWN EST CTN
DELAWARE PARK EST DEL
DELTA DOWNS CST DED
DOVER DOWNS (H) EST DOV
ELLIS PARK CST ELP
EMERALD DOWNS PST EMD
EVANGELINE DOWNS CST EVD
FAIRMOUNT PARK CST FMT
FINGER LAKES EST FLK
FORT ERIE EST FER
FREEHOLD RACEWAY (H) EST FHD
FRESNO PST FNO
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS PST GOL
HARRINGTON RACEWAY (H) EST HAR
HAWTHORNE (H) CST HAH
HOOSIER PARK EST HOS
INDIANA DOWNS EST IND
INDIANA DOWNS (H) EST IDH
KENTUCKY DOWNS CST KED
LONE STAR PARK CST LON
LOS ALAMITOS PST LOS
LOUISIANA DOWNS CST LDN
MAYWOOD PARK (H) CST MAY
MEADOWLANDS EST MED
MEADOWLANDS (H) EST MDL
MEADOWS RACETRACK (H) EST MEA
MOHAWK RACEWAY (H) EST MOW
MOUNTAINEER PARK EST MNR
NORTHFIELD PARK (H) EST NFD
PARX RACING EST PHA
PENN NATIONAL EST PEN
PLEASANTON PST PLN
POCONO DOWNS (H) EST POC
POMPANO PARK (H) EST POM
PORTLAND MEADOWS PST PTM
PRAIRIE MEADOWS CST PRM
PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS EST PQI
REMINGTON PARK CST REM
RUIDOSO DOWNS MST RUI
SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK CST SAM
SUFFOLK DOWNS EST SUF
SUNLAND PARK MST SUN
TAMPA BAY DOWNS EST TAM
THISTLEDOWN EST THI
TIMONIUM EST TIM
TURF PARADISE MST TUP
TURFWAY PARK EST TUR
WOODBINE EST WOX
WOODBINE (H) EST WOH

Racebook Payouts and Limits

Number of Horses

Number of Horses Cost
3 horse box (6 combinations) Cost $12
4 horse box (24 combinations) Cost $48
5 horse box (60 combinations) Cost $120
6 horse box (120 combinations) Cost $240
7 horse box (210 combinations) Cost $420

Major Tracks

Limits - Major Tracks

  • $500 Across
    • (Win, Place, Show)
  • $200 Exotics
    • (Double, Exacta, Quinella)
  • $100 Exotics
    • (Pick 3, Pick 4, Trifecta, Superfecta)
  • $250 Parlay

Payouts - Major Tracks

Type Max Payout
Win 20 - 1
Place 8 - 1
Show 4 - 1
Double 200 - 1
Quinella 200 - 1
Exacta 200 - 1
Pick 3 300 - 1
Trifecta 400 - 1
Pick 4 400 - 1
Superfecta 500 - 1
Parlay 150 - 1

Other Tracks

Limits - Other Tracks

  • $200 Across
    • (Win, Place, Show)
  • $50 Exotics
    • (Double, Exacta, Quinella, Pick 3, Pick 4, Trifecta, Superfecta)
  • $50 Parlay

Payouts - Other Tracks

Type Max Payout
Win 15 - 1
Place 6 - 1
Show 3 - 1
Double 75 - 1
Quinella 75 - 1
Exacta 75 - 1
Pick 3 100 - 1
Trifecta 200 - 1
Pick 4 150 - 1
Superfecta 250 - 1
Parlay 50 - 1

Racebook Wagers Explained

Straight Bets

WIN

A "WIN" bet is just what it sounds like: you are betting that the horse you pick will win the race. If the horse wins, you win.

PLACE

For a horse to "PLACE" it must finish the race first or second.

SHOW

For a horse to "SHOW" it must finish the race first, second or third.

Other types of Horse Racing Bets:

ACROSS THE BOARD

This is a quick way to say that you want to bet a horse to finish in any of the first three positions. ($2 Across The Board = $2 to win, $2 to place, and $2 to show). If the horse wins, you collect all three bets. If the horse finishes 2nd, then you collect the place and show bets. If the horse finishes 3rd, then you will only collect the show bet.

EXACTA

With this bet you must pick the first two finishing horses in the order of their finish. In other words, you must pick the horse that wins and the horse that finishes second.

EXACTA BOX

A "box" on two or more horses in a race means taking all the possible combinations of those horses in each place of finish. If you have determined that two horses are the best in the race but you are not sure which one will win and which one will finish second, then a safe bet is the Exacta Box. You can box more than two horses, but it is very important to remember that with each additional horse you add to the box, the cost of the wager goes up substantially.

QUINELLA

In the Quinella, you must pick the horses that finish first and second. Either one can be first and the other one second. This bet functions exactly the same as the "Exacta Box." Although the Quinella has a similar function as the "Exacta Box" the payoff can vary substantially. It is really two separate bets on one ticket.

TRIFECTA

With this bet you must pick the first three finishing horses in the order of their finish. In other words, you must pick the horse that wins, the horse that finishes second and the horse that finishes third.

The simplest form of this wager is the Straight Trifecta, which is a single combination of the first three finishers. If you were to make a bet for Straight Trifecta at $2, to purchase it, you would simply tell a clerk: "$2 Trifecta on 1-2-3." A Trifecta is not offered in all races at all tracks.

This wager is sometimes also called the "Triple".

TRIFECTA BOX

With the Trifecta Box, you can box three or more horses on a single ticket. For example, to purchase a $2 Trifecta Box using four horses, you would tell a clerk: "$2 Trifecta Box 11-2-3-4."

The following examples are for a $2 Trifecta Box

| ----- | | 3 horse box (6 combinations) | Cost $12 | | 4 horse box (24 combinations) | Cost $48 | | 5 horse box (60 combinations) | Cost $120 | | 6 horse box (120 combinations) | Cost $240 | | 7 horse box (210 combinations) | Cost $420 |

SUPERFECTA

A Superfecta is very similar to a Trifecta. Instead of hitting the top 3 horses in a race in the correct order, you need to name the top 4 horses in correct order.

DAILY DOUBLE

The Daily Double involves picking the winning horse in two consecutive races. All tracks offer the early Daily Double which involves races #1 and #2. Most tracks also offer a late Daily Double which is the last two races of the day. Some tracks also offer a Rolling Daily Double which is on any two consecutive races. To win a Daily Double, you must pick the winning horse in each of the two races. Combination bets can also be made on Daily Doubles.

PICK 3

In order to win a Pick 3 bet you are required to select the winning horse in three consecutive races. Most tracks only offer one or two pick 3 opportunities per day. Some tracks offer a rolling Pick 3 in which every race is part of a Pick 3 bet, which means that some races are included in three Pick 3 bets. The third race for example, would be the third race of the first Pick 3, the second race of the second Pick 3, and the first race of the third Pick 3. Sound complicated? It's really very simple. The simplest Pick 3 bet would be a straight Pick 3. If for example, you picked the #2 horse to win the first race, the #4 horse to win the second race, and the #6 horse to win the third race, you would tell the clerk, $2 Pick 3, Race 1, horses #2, #4, #6.

PICK 4

A Pick 4 is the same as a Pick 3 except that instead of picking 3 race winners in a row, you must hit 4 races in a row. This may not be available at
some tracks.

PARLAY

There are three types of Parlay wagers: Win Parlay, Place Parlay, and Show Parlay. When your wager is a Win Parlay, the bet is that your horse is going to come in 1st place and if that happens, then the risk + the winning money goes onto your next selection and so on. Remember, if you lose one of your races in the Parlay, your wager is complete and all monies are lost.