What is Pari-mutuel racing?
Originated by a Frenchman, Pierre Oller, the word means “among ourselves”. The track is a host for the races, and has no interest in which greyhounds win or lose. The bettor never bets against the track, only against other betters. The track merely holds the money wagered until the finish of the race and pays the winning ticket holds accordingly.
How are payoff prices determined?
The win price is the result of dividing the amount of money wagered on the winner into the total win pool, less lawful deductions. The place pool is divided between the two greyhounds and each half is apportioned to ticket holders appropriately based on the number of tickets held. The show pool is split into three divisions and apportioned accordingly to the number of valid tickets held. All other pools (i.e., quiniela, perfecta, trifecta, etc.) are determined similarly.
What is the grading system for greyhounds?
There are six grades of greyhounds indicated by A, B, C, D, E and M (Maiden). A race is generally comprised of the same grade, the winner of the race will advance until reaching grade A. Generally if a greyhound fails to finish in the top 3 in three consecutive starts in the same grade that greyhound will be lowered one grade except in D where a greyhound may fail to finish 4th or better in four consecutive starts before being lowered.
HOW TO PLACE A BET:
You can place a bet or cash in your winning tickets at any pari-mutuel window. Just be sure to include this information:
Track: Tell the clerk which track and race number you would like to bet on. For example “Jacksonville, race 5”, “Palm Beach, race 8”, or “Calder, race 10”.
Denomination: Tell the clerk the dollar amount you wish to bet such as “two dollars”, “five dollars”, and so on.
Type of bet: Say “win”, “place”, or “show”. You can also bet quiniela, trifecta and superfecta combinations. ( See Common Bets)
Program number: State the number of the greyhound(s) on which you wish to bet.
WIN: The first entry to cross the finish line wins. You win if your selection finishes first.
PLACE: The second entry to cross the finish line places. You win place money if your selection finishes 1st or 2nd.
SHOW: The third entry to cross the finish line shows. You win show money if your selection finishes 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
DAILY DOUBLE: You win if you pick the winners of the first and second races. To bet you say “$2 daily double on 3 (your pick to win in the first race) and 5 (your pick to win in the second race)”. Your bet must be placed before the closing bell of the first race.
QUINIELA: (Minimum bet $2) Pick two entries to finish first and second, in either order, in any single race. To bet you say “$2 quiniela, numbers 5 and 6”. If the greyhound finishes either 5-6 or 6-5, you win.
QUINIELA BOX: Pick three or more ENTRIES. You win if any two finish first and second. To bet you say “$2 quiniela box on 4,5 and 6”. You are making three separate bets so your minimum bet is $6. If they finish 4-5 + 4-6, 5-4 + 5-6, 6-4 + 6-5 you win!
PERFECTA: The Perfecta is similar to the Quiniela, except the two entries must finish in the exact order. To bet you ” Perfecta, 5-6.” If the greyhounds finish 5-6, you win!
STRAIGHT TRIFECTA: Pick the first three entries to cross the finish line in their exact order. To bet you say: “$2 trifecta numbers 7,4 and 5.” If they finish 7-4-5 you win!
TRIFECTA BOX: Pick three entries to finish first, second and third, in any order. To bet you say “$1 trifecta box 2,3 and 5.” If they finish 2-3-5, 2-5-3, 3-2-5, 3-5-2, 5-2-3 or 5-3-2, you win! You are actually making six $1 bets, so your total bet is $6.
TRIFECTA KEY: Pick your favorite entry to win, then two or more others to place and show (any order). To bet you say “$1 trifecta key on 1 with 2 and 3.” If they finish 1-2-3, 1-3-2, you win! You are actually making two $1 bets so your total bet is $2.
TRIFECTA WHEEL: In a trifecta wheel you “tie up” one entry to finish win (1st), place (2nd), or show (3rd). To bet you say “$1 trifecta wheel on number 4 to win.” If number 4 comes in 1st you win because you have “tied-up” all other combinations.
TWIN-TRIFECTA: The Twin-Trifecta is a combination of two races. Purchase Twin Trifecta tickets PRIOR TO THE RUNNING OF THE FIRST LEG. Select the exact order of finish of the first three entries in the first leg. A bettor winning the first leg MUST exchange the ticket to select the exact order of finish of the first three entries in the second leg race. The bettor is also entitled to the amount of money the first leg race 1st half ticket paid. A winning ticket from the first leg race (1st half) MUST be exchanged in order to participate in the second half of the Twin-Tri before the bell closes all terminals for the second leg race.
TRI-SUPER: The Tri-Super is a combination of (1st half) and (2nd half) races. Purchase Tri-Super tickets PRIOR TO THE RUNNING OF THE FIRST LEG RACE. Select the exact order of finish of the first three entries in the first leg race. A bettor winning the first leg race MUST exchange the ticket to select the exact order of finish of the first four greyhounds in the second leg race. The bettor is also entitled to the amount of money the first leg race 1st half ticket paid. A winning ticket from the first leg race (1st half) MUST be exchanged in order to participate in the second half of the Tri-Super before the bell closes all terminals for the second leg race.
SUPERFECTA: Pick the first four entries to cross the finish line in their exact order. To bet you say “$2 superfecta number 7, 1, 5 and 8.” If they finish 7-1-5-8 you win!
SUPERFECTA BOX: Pick four or more entries to finish first, second, third and fourth, any order.
SUPERFECTA KEY: In a Superfecta Key bet you “tie up” one ENTRY to finish in first, second, third or fourth keyed with 3 or more greyhounds. To bet you say “$1 superfecta key number 1 to place with 5, 7, and 8.” If the greyhounds finish 5-1-7-8, 7-1-5-8, 8-1-7-5, 8-1-5-7, 5-1-8-7 or 7-1-8-5, you win!