Picking Your Horse

There is no right or wrong way to pick a horse. Here are some approaches that may work well for you:

1. Look at Past Performances in the NYRA Bets store to see how each horse has done in its most recent start.

2. Make a selection based on jockeys or trainers. Check out our NYRA leaderboard to see who is doing well during the current meet.

3. Find out who the experts like. Every track offers analysis from their in-house handicappers. Check out our NYRA Bets Expert Picks page.

The Different Bet Types

Win – Your horse must win.
Place – Your horse must finish first or second.
Show – Your horse must finish first, second, or third.
Across the Board – Separate win, place, and show wagers of equal amounts on the same horse.

Exacta – Pick the first two horses in the correct order.
Quinella – Pick the first two horses in either order.
Trifecta – Pick the first three horses in the correct order.
Daily Double – Pick the winners of two consecutive races.

Superfecta – Pick the first four horses in the correct order.
Grand Slam – Pick a horse to finish in the top three in three straight races, capped by the winner of the fourth race in the sequence. If there is no show wagering in one of the first three legs, the horse must finish second.
Pick 3 – Pick the winners of three consecutive races.
Pick 4 – Pick the winners of four consecutive races.
Pick 5 – Pick the winners of five consecutive races.
Pick 6 – Pick the winners of six consecutive races.

“Boxing” your choices in exacta, trifecta, and superfecta bets makes your wager more expensive but allows you to win if your selected horses finish in any order! In addition, adding additional horses to your wagers raises the price of your ticket, but gives you more chances to win.

If you have trouble placing bets, please contact us through our Live Chat or call 1-844-NYRA-BET and we would be happy to assist.

You Won! Now What?

Whether you place your bet online or on-track, your account balance will reflect your winnings once the result is official.

There is only one thing left to do - get ready for the next race!