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HOW TO WAGER
State the TRACK and the NUMBER OF THE RACE that you would like to wager on.
State the DOLLAR AMOUNT of your wager.
State the TYPE OF WAGER you wish to make (Win, Place, Show, Trifecta, etc. ).
State the PROGRAM NUMBER of the horse or horses on which you want to bet.
Examples: "Tampa Bay Downs, Race 2, $5 to win on number 3, please." "Tampa Bay Downs, Race 6, $2 exacta box, 4 and 8."
Remember to check your tickets and count your money before leaving the window, and always hold on to your tickets until the race is declared OFFICIAL.
Then, if you are a winner, go to any pari-mutuel window and collect your winnings!
TYPES OF WAGERS
- When you bet a horse to win, you win if your horse finishes first.
- When you bet a horse to place, you win if your horse finishes first or second.
- When you bet a horse to show, you win if your horse finishes first, second or third.
- To win the Daily Double, you must choose the winners of two races. Wagers must be placed prior to the first race of the Daily Double.
- To win an exacta bet, you must choose the two horses finishing first and second in exact order.
- You must choose the first three finishers in their exact order of finish.
- You must choose the first four finishers in their exact order of finish.
- You must pick the first five finishers in their exact order of finish. There will be two High-5 wagers daily, with a carryover if it's not hit.
- You must choose the winner of three consecutive races. Wagers must be placed before the first of the three races.
- You must choose the winner of four consecutive races. Wagers must be placed before the first of the four races.
- You must choose the winner of five consecutive races. Wagers must be placed before the first of the five races. If the Pick-5 is not hit, Tampa Bay Downs pays out for four correct picks! Because of the sheer difficulty of successfully choosing five straight winners, plus the large number of betting interests, it is common for there to be no winning wager on all five races. When that happens, the five-winner portion of the pool carries over to the following program, and continues to carry over until it is won. This allows the "carryover pool" to grow to large sums. The Pick-5 pool is also paid out in its entirety on a designated date, such as the last day of a race meet; if there are no five-winner tickets, then the pool is split among four-winner tickets.
HORSE RACING TERMS
Across the board:
A win, place and show bet on a horse.
All race horses in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate their birthday on January 1.
A race other than a claiming event for which the racing secretary drafts certain conditions.
A jockey who has ridden for less than a year and who receives weight allowances.
The racetrack's barn area.
The straightaway of the track opposite from the grandstand.
A color ranging from tan to dark chestnut with black mane, tail and points.
Beyer Speed Rating:
A measure of race performance popularized by Andy Beyer of The Washington Post.
Black with no brown or tan patches.
An exceptionally poor performance on the heels of an exceptionally good one.
Female horse used for breeding.
A sire whose female offspring become producers of race horses.
The asterisk (*) that denotes an apprentice jockey and their weight allowance.
Fastest workout of the day at a particular distance.
Call to the post:
A special call played on a bugle used to signal the horses to the starting gate.
A color ranging from light gold to deep red. Also, a small, horny growth on the inside of a horse's front legs.
A race in which the horses are for sale at a price specified before the race. Claims are made before the race and the new owner assumes possession immediately following the race.
An ungelded male horse 4 years old or younger.
The mother of a horse.
Dark bay or brown: B
rown coat with areas of tan and black points.
Day at a racetrack when there is no racing.
A stakes race for 3-year-olds.
A race for female horses; a distaffer is a female horse.
Strong urging by jockey.
Good speed at the start of a race.
Two or more horses representing the same owner or trained by the same person and running together as a single betting entity.
The preferred rating for the racing surface; at its best, it is dry, firm and even.
A female horse younger than 5 years old.
A baby horse, also called a suckling; a horse is a foal from the time it is born until it is weaned from its mother.
An eighth of a mile.
A neutered male horse.
A track surface that is still drying out, but is almost fast.
Gray or roan:
A horse with a black coat interspersed with white hairs. A gray horse is nearly always black when it is born and gets lighter in color as it ages.
This is the study of factors in the past performances which determine the relative qualities and abilities of horses in a race.
The sum of all wagers bet on a race or a race card.
In racing, a horse is narrowly defined as any male 5 or older with genitalia intact.
Official investigation of rules infraction.
A 2-year-old horse.
Diuretic medication given to horses which bleed.
Measure of distance based on the average length of a horse.
A horse that hasn't won a flat race in any country.
A female horse 5 or older.
The preliminary odds set by the track handicapper.
A wet, sticky racing surface.
A claim of foul lodged by a jockey or trainer against another horse.
A track that is not fast; also, a type of wagering offered away from the host facility.
A horse going off at higher odds than it appears to warrant, based on past performances and other available information.
Structure or area where horses are saddled and kept before going to the track.
System of wagering where all the money is returned to the bettors after deduction of track and state percentages.
A colt or horse with one descended testicle.
Any distance longer than 1 mile.
A horse that has been withdrawn from a race.
A dirt track that has been packed down. Dry tracks are sealed so that water runs off the track, reducing the amount of precipitation absorbed into the surface. Wet tracks are sealed to provide a safe and even racing surface.
Jacket and cap worn by jockeys.
Father of a horse.
A track so saturated with rain that it has water lying on the surface.
A slow track is a muddy surface which is beginning to dry out.
Any distance less than 1 mile.
The racetrack officials who enforce the rules of the track and determine the outcome of a race in the case of an inquiry or objection. Usually three in number, they are the officiating judges of all horse-related activity at the track.
Male horse used for breeding purposes.
Stallion; also, a farm that is home to one or more stallions.
Grass-covered race course.
A horse going off at lower odds than it appears to warrant, based on past performances and other available information.
A person who helps jockeys keep their wardrobe and equipment in order.
The assigned weight for a horse, including the jockey, equipment and lead weights if needed.
A young horse that has been separated from its mother but is not yet a year old. Horses are generally weaned when they are 4-to-6 months old, and are called weanlings until they reach 1 year of age.
Exercise session at a predetermined distance.
A horse that is 1 year old; the birthdate of race horses in the Northern Hemisphere is January 1.
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