How To Make A Wager With A Horse Racing Teller

"All the Different Ways To Make A Bet With A Teller"

By: Richard Reese


If you've looked at Different Types of Wagering Bets you know there are so many different types of wagers to make at a race track.

Each of us has our favorite bets to make and some bets require a minimum of $1 to make and other bets like the Daily Double and Pick 6 have a minimum of $2 to make a wager.

Let's go over how we might speak to a teller for the various types of bets.

For Win, Place, Show:

Bets are usually made with a $2 minimum. Some tracks let you bet $1 to win or place or show, but in general $2 dollars is the starting bet.

Let us assume that all of our bets that we are making occur at Santa Anita. If you are betting at another track you would substitute Santa Anita for your track. Here we go.

Hello, Teller- Santa Anita, Race 7, $2 to win on #4.
Hello, Teller- Santa Anita, Race 5, $10 to show on #6.
Hello, Teller- Santa Anita, Race 9, $20 to place on #2.

There is a bet called Across The Board that covers the same amount for win, place, and show. For example:

Hello, Teller- Santa Anita, Race 3, $20 across the board, on #5. This tells the teller that you want $20 to Win, $20 to Place, $20 to Show on horse #5. The total cost of this bet would be $60.

Exacta:

Bet is based on $1. There are some tracks where $2 dollars is the minimum for the exacta, but in general $1 dollar is the starting point.

Hello, Teller- Santa Anita, Race 4, $1 exacta, 1 with 2.

You are telling the teller that in order for you to win this bet, #1 has to win and #2 has to finish 2nd. The cost is $1.

Most people that bet exactas include more horses, so a more accurate exacta might be something like this:

Hello, Teller- Santa Anita, Race 3, $1 exacta 2, 3 with 2,3,4,5.
This bet you are telling the teller that either 2 or 3 must win and 2,3,4,5 must come in 2nd in order to cash this ticket. The total cost based on $1 would be $6 to make this bet.

Of course if you want to bet more in the exacta you just increase your wagering base.

Hello, Teller- Santa Anita, Race 10, $5 exacta, 7 with 4,11. Total cost would be $10.

There is a bet called an exacta box, where whatever numbers you call, they can finish in any order and you cash the ticket.

For example, Hello, Teller- Santa Anita, Race 5, $1 exacta box 2,5. This means that if 2 wins the race and 5 gets 2nd you win the bet. You can also win the bet if 5 wins and 2 gets 2nd.

A box costs more to make, but it covers all the horses in the box.

Another example of a box bet.

Hello Teller- Santa Anita, Race 6, $1 exacta box 7,9,10. This means that if any two of the 3 horses in the box finish first and second you win the bet. The cost for this bet would be $6 or broken down (7 with 9,10) and (9 with 7,10) and (10 with 7,9).

Trifecta:

Bet is based on $1 minimum.

Hello, Teller- Santa Anita, Race 2, $1 trifecta 10 with 2,3,7 with 1,2,3,7,10. You are telling the teller that 10 has to win, 2,3,7 have to finish 2nd, and 1,2,3,7,10 can finish 3rd to cash the trifecta bet.

Or if you are feeling ultra confident you can say, Hello Teller- Santa Anita, Race 6, $1 trifecta 2, 3, 7 straight. This means 2 must win, 3 must get 2nd, and 7 must get 3rd to cash the ticket.
Another way of saying this bet is $1 trifecta, 2 with 3 with 7.

And like the exacta box, you can have trifecta boxes, as well.

Hello, Teller- Santa Anita, Race 1, $1 trifecta box, 4,5,6,7. This means if those horses finish one, two, three, in any order, you win the bet. The cost for a 4-horse trifecta box is $24.

I don't use box bets very often, but I know many players do.

Superfecta:

Many tracks now offer a .10 cent minimum bet, meaning that if you win the payout it is 1/10th of what it would be for a dollar. So specify your bet in increments of .10 cents. And there are still a few tracks that only offer this bet for a minimum of $1. Check your local track for more information.

Hello, Teller- Santa Anita, Race 7, .40 cent super, 3 with 4,5,6 with 4,5,6 with 1,2,4,5,6,7.

I hope you see that betting with the teller isn't very hard, once you get the basics.