We hope you learned a ton of great tips on how to win big at New2HorseRacing! But we figured you might need a refresher after drinking all those refreshments. Below is a quick betting tips recap thanks to the experts at Churchill Downs. Don’t forget to check out our New2Horseracing pics! We’ve got a ton of great photos thanks to our talented photographer Amador Delatorre and all you beautiful people.
And remember folks, if you don’t use it, you lose it, so you best practice up. And lucky you, Churchill Downs Spring Racing Season continues with racing Thursdays through Sundays through June 27th and includes a ton of great events!
- Twilight Thursdays - every Thursday through the end of the Spring meet and include evening racing, $1 beers from 5-7 pm, food trucks, and live music in the Churchill Downs Plaza
- Downs After Dark – Nightlife meets horse racing at Churchill Downs, will take place June 13 and June 27. General Admission is only $10, or check out the NEW Courtyard, $69 tickets include beer and wine and small-plate style food from 7-11 pm.
- Family Adventure Day - a great opportunity to bring the whole family to the track, with activities for the kids including inflatables, pony rides, race painting, stick horses races and more. Family Adventure tickets are just $8 in advance online, $10 at the gate, and include access to all Family Adventure Day activities and to the new Courtyard area with picnic style seating next to the racetrack. The next Family Adventure Day is June 21.
These are the perfect opportunities to grab some friends, catch some races, and test your new betting skills! Now onward to the betting deets.
How to Read the Program
Race info - At the top of the page for each race you can get key information about the race including race number, how long the race is and what kind of race it is
Horse name - Each horse’s name can be found in bold
Odds - Each horse’s initial odds can be found directly to the right of its number. The initial odds tell you which horses the experts think will be favored by bettors. The odds on a horse will change once the pools open and people start betting, since they are a reflection of how much money has been bet on them.
Past races – below the horses name is a list of their previous racing, starting with the most recent at the top
- Date of the Race - On the very left, you can see that date that the race was run
- Location - Next to the date is a two letter code that tells you what track that race was run. Churchill Downs is denoted by CD.
- Type of race - The third column tells you what kind of race it was. “Stk” is a stakes race, and the level of Stakes race is shows by a G1, G2, G3. G1 is the most competitive race a horse can run in.
- How they did - The numbers following the race description tell you how that horse did in the race. The number means what place the horse was in during the race and then how well they finished.
Jockey - To the right of the horses name you can find the name of the jockey who will be riding the horse in this race. It’s important to know what jockeys do well at what track because that can help you pick a winner. Jockeys who do well tend to also get better horses to ride. Popular jockeys at Churchill Downs include Joel Rosario, Corey Lanerie and Rosie Napravnik. You can check a jockey’s standings for the meet in the beginning of the program and you can see their record for the meet right under their name.
Race record - In the top right corner of every horse’s information you can find their race record for this year, last year, their lifetime, and at Churchill downs. Next to each line there are four numbers which tell you the # of starts, wins, 2nds, and 3rd place finishes, respectively.
Photo courtesy of NY Daily News.
- Basic bets include Win, Place and Show
- A Win bet is betting that the horse will finish in first place
- A Place bet is a wager that the horse will finish in either first or second place
- A Show bet is a wager that the horse will finish in either first, second, or third place
- More intermediate bets include the Exacta, Trifecta, and Boxes and are more difficult to win, but have a much higher payout. These also typically have a lower minimum bet so it costs less to make these wagers.
- An exacta is a wager where you have to select the two horses that will finish the race in first and second place in the correct order
- A Trifecta is a wager where you must select the three horses what will finish the race in first, second and third place in exact order
- Boxing a wager allows you to make a bet where you do not have to specify the order that the horses will finish in. For example, an exacta box wager on horses 1, 2, and 3 means that any of those three horses must finish in first and second place in any order. These bets are more expensive than a normal exacta or trifecta because there are more wagers being made and therefor more chances to win!
- How to wager at the window***
- Say the name of the track
- Say the number of the race
- Say the wager amount
- Say the wager type
- Say the horse’s program number
***For example, Churchill Downs, Race 4, $2 Win on #5***
That’s all for now folks. May the odds be ever in your favor.
The New2Lou Team
Churchill Downs (www.churchilldowns.com)
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