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Betting & Handicapping

"Please give me a $1 trifecta key, 2 to win with 7-8 with 1-4-7-8."

To a first-time visitor, racetrack lingo and betting terminology can sound intimidating. But there is no reason Tampa Bay Downs newcomers can't walk away with a profit, thanks to low takeout rates and the wealth of past-performance information provided in the program.

Tampa Bay Downs is considered one of the most bettor-friendly Thoroughbred tracks in the country, for a number of reasons. First, the takeout rate (the percentage deducted from each wager to cover taxes and administrative costs) is among the lowest in North America: 15 percent on the Pick-5; 17 percent on win, place and show; 18 percent on the daily double, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Super High-5; 20.5 percent on exactas; and 25.9 percent on all other wagers.

Next, with an average field size of more than eight horses per race, payoffs generally are higher than at tracks with fewer runners. And with safe, consistent dirt and turf tracks that attract many of the nation's leading stables, bettors can expect to wager on high-quality horses that run true to form.

Whether you prefer to back your selection with a straight win, place and show wager -- or delve into the exotic world of exactas, trifectas, superfectas, the Super High-5, Pick-3s, Pick-4s and the 50-cent Pick-5 -- Tampa Bay Downs guarantees a full card of wagering opportunities!

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1.800.GAMBLER (1.800.426.2537).