If you’re new to off-track betting, learn how to bet

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New to Off-Track Betting? Follow these simple steps for placing your bet and you’ll be on your way to cheering on your favorite horse or greyhound.

  1. Tell the mutuel teller at the window which track you’re betting on.
  2. Give the specific race number.
  3. Give the amount of your wager.
  4. Give the type of wager.
  5. Give the program number (not the name) of the horse or greyhound you’re wagering on.

When deciding what type of bet to place, keep in mind these popular options:

Win, Place, Show

These are the “straight bets”; WIN means you’re wagering on a first-place finish; PLACE means you bet that your runner will appear first or second; SHOW means you’re hoping for a top three finish.

Pick 3 and Pick 6

Requires you to predict the winners of three or six consecutive races. These are difficult to pick and ‘carryover pools’ in the Pick 6 can get quite high when no one has been successful for a while.

Daily Double

Pick the winner of the first and second race and you win. Your bet must be in prior to the start of the first race.


You win if you pick two runners that finish first and second, in either order, in any single race.


Like the Quiniella, except the two runners you pick must finish in exact order.


It says “super,” so you know it’s a big one to win. A straight Superfecta is played by picking the first four horses to finish in exact order—not easy, but an enormous payoff for winners.