Lesson 3




The Superfecta is a bet where you must have the top 4 horses in the correct order to win.

The benefits of this bet are the potential for big payouts, and most Ontario tracks now offer 20c per horse wagering to make it more affordable. The payouts on this ticket will be small if the favorites win, as many people will share the wagering pool, or it could be very large, if you are the only person with the correct combination. You can also box, or wheel, as many horses as you can afford on this ticket.


Going back to our Triactor Box Scenario.

If I want to box 1-2-3-4 in a triactor bet, it would cost 24 dollars for a 1 dollar bet, because of 24 different combinations.   However, in a Superfecta ticket you can do the same 1 dollar box for 24 dollars, or 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 , or you can do the 20c option which would only cost $4.80, or 24 combinations x 20c per wager.  
Your ticket would win if 1-2-3-4 finished in any order, but all 4 would have to be in the top 4 positions.   Sometimes at smaller tracks, Superfectas’ will pay out on the top 3 finishers if no one has the winning ticket. So if you had 1-2-3-4, and the winning order was 1-4-2-7 but it paid on 1-4-2-all, your ticket would be a winner. Reminder it usually pays less, on 3 out of 4 payouts due to the fact more people have winning tickets. However if your longshot finished 1st or 2nd an you were the only ticket, then your payout would be larger.


Wheeling Superfecta’s.

Again the same factors apply on Wheeling your ticket.

If you had the 1 with 2-3-4 with 2-3-4-5-6-7 with 2-3-4-5-6-7 scenario it would cost 1 times 3 times 5 times 4 for a superfecta… multiplied by the amount wagered.

That’s a total of 60 different combinations, or a 60 dollar ticket for 1 dollar or $12 dollar ticket for a 20c version.   Keep in mind this can be expensive, if you also reverse one into 2nd spot to back it up. In other words back up your 1st ticket with 234 with 1 with 234567 with 234567. This allows your horse number 1 to also finish 2nd and have a chance at the winning ticket. However, this would cost another $12 dollars for a 20c ticket.     The key is to have fun, and set your budget. Try these different wagers out , and hopefully you’ll be on your way to the payout window.  


Pick 4


Like the Superfecta, the pick 4 has the potential to pay out large amounts, and you can bet the 20 cent option, to keep it affordable.

You must pick 4 winners in a row, usually starting in Race 4. That means you have to pick the winner in Races 4, 5, 6 and 7 to win.   At smaller tracks, the ticket sometimes pays on 3 out of 4 winners. At Hanover, if no-one have all 4 winners, 50% of the pool is paid out to 3 of 4 winning combinations, and the other 50% of the pool is carried over to the following week, hopefully making the potential payout bigger, and more exciting.

In this ticket, you multiply the number of horses you pick in each race, and divide by the amount of wager per bet.

So a 1 dollar pick 4 ticket consisting of 1-2 with 1-2 with 3-4, with 1 and 5 would cost 2 x 2 x 2 x 2, or 16 dollars, because all of your horse numbers are in different races.   A 20c version would cost 16 times 20c or $3.20. The 20c version allows you to put more horses onto your ticket which gives you more chances to win.


Next week….how to decipher the program.

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