So you’ve been invited to the track for a big race day at Del Mar. What to wear? Well if you like to fit in – wear something cute, colorful and flirty – heels are a must, and the shorter the skirt the better. The bigger challenge is, once you get there you look the part, you order a cocktail, but THEN what do you do? It’s time to place that first bet. You could always go with the old stand by – pick the gray horse. But we track veterans hear this one several times every weekend. We will help you do better than that! Use our tips to wager in class and style – here’s how to bet on a horse like a lady:
First, pick a horse!
- Buy a program. This is a MUST.
- Look in the front of program for jockey standings and note the 5 top jockeys for the meet (or google top jockey standings Del Mar)
- Also look at the top trainer standings in the program and note the top 5 (or google)
- Choose a horse with a winning jockey/trainer combo
- Look at the odds of each horse in the race – if you want to make a little money with a small risk, choose the 2nd or 3rd favorite
Second, place a wager! There are two main rules of thought – Straight and Exotic.
Straight wages allow you to bet on one horse.
- WIN– You’re betting that your horse will come in first place. If your horse finishes in first, you collect.
- PLACE– When you bet on your horse to “place,” you’re betting that he will come in first OR second. If your horse finishes in first or second, you get to collect. Payout for a place bet is less than a win wager, but you do have the security of being able to cash in if your horse finishes in the top two spots.
- SHOW– You’re betting that your horse will come in first, second, OR third. Since you’re hedging your bets, you have a higher chance of winning, but the payout for a show bet is substantially less than a win or place wager.
- ACROSS THE BOARD– When you bet across the board, you’re betting your horse to win, place, AND show. An across-the-board bet is what’s called a “combo straight wager” because it’s three different bets (win, place, AND show) in one. Across-the-board bets aren’t usually a good wager because they’re expensive and have less profit potential.
- WIN/PLACE, PLACE/SHOW– Similar to an across-the-board bet in that you’re making multiple straight wagers in a single bet. In a win/place bet, you’re betting your horse to win AND place. If he wins, you collect both the win and place money. If he finishes second, you collect just the place money.
Exotic Bets allow you to bet on multiple horses in a single bet, which increases your profit potential. But, these are much harder to hit!
- EXACTA– You’re betting on two horses to come in first and second in an exact order. For example, if you placed a $2 exacta on horses 3 and 5, you can only collect if horse #3 comes in first and horse #5 comes in second. You can also “box” your exacta bet which means your two horses can come in any order in the top two spots and you still win.
- TRIFECTA– You bet that three horses will finish in first, second, and third in an exact order.
- SUPERFECTA– You bet that four horses will finish, first, second, third, and fourth in an exact order. As with exactas and trifectas, you can box a superfecta at an additional cost. The minimum bet is often 10-cents, which makes it more appealing to many people.
If all else fails, pick the second or third favorite and bet 2 across for a total of $6.00. This keeps you in on some action, minimizes your risk, and gives you a chance to hit something.