Betting on Horse Races

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There are three basic types of wagers in a horse race: Exacta, Across the Board, and QUARTER HORSE. In each race, a single horse can have multiple owners, and a public trainer will accept horses from many owners. In addition to the four main wager types, each race has a variety of optional bets. Here are some helpful tips:


Betting on an exacta horse race is not as complicated as you might think. You simply enter your selections for the first and second places, along with your stake, and place your bet. While you may think it’s difficult to place bets on an exacta horse race, this type of wager has several advantages. For one, the exacta horse race is a logical bet when a horse is ahead of the field.

Across the Board

When betting on a horse race, the term “across the board” is used. It refers to placing a bet that includes the win, place, and show odds on the same horse. The selected horse must finish in the top three positions to receive a payout. Across the board bets are also known as lazy wagers, as most bettors do not want to take the time to research every race.


In horse races, distances are measured in furlongs. One furlong equals about 220 yards. In a race shorter than a mile, it is referred to as a sprint. Mid-distances are between eight and nine furlongs. Classic distances are one mile and one-quarter miles. A good time for a six-furlong race is about one minute and ten seconds, depending on the track and conditions.


The first Quarter horse race took place in the 1940s. Originally, the track measured one-quarter mile. These days, the tracks vary in length, with the longest Quarter horse race being over 1,000 yards. Most races are run on straightaway tracks, though longer ones may have a single turn. Quarter horses are favored for their speed. For this reason, they are used in racing. But what makes these horses so special? Here are some of their notable accomplishments.


Despite its common occurrence, a QUARTER CRACK in a horse race can be a serious problem. This condition can be caused by several factors, including improper farriery and conformation. The resulting stress on the hoof and other body parts can result in a quarter crack. Fortunately, there are several treatments that can help you avoid a quarter crack in a race.