# Your question: What’s a key bet in horse racing?

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The definition of an Exacta is to select the first two finishers in a horse race in exactly the right order. Exacta betting is available on the most famous races like the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes and almost every other horse race in the world!

## How does a key bet work in horse racing?

Horse Betting: How to Key a Horse

When you feel that one of your selections will finish in a certain position, either first, second, third or fourth, the horse you select to finish in a certain position is your “key” horse. The other horses you have picked may then finish in any order and you are a winner.

## How do you place a key bet?

A basic trifecta key involves selecting a key horse to finish the race in first place. The bettor can add two or more other horses to cover second and third place in any order. The wager wins if the keyed horse finishes first and the other selections finish in second and third place in any order.

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## What is the difference between a key bet and a wheel bet?

Keying Horses

A key bet is not really separate from a wheel bet. It’s just a different terminology used by some bettors to make it clearer what they’re doing. When you key a horse, it simply means that you are including it in every part of the exotic wager, with other horses kind of orbiting around it in the bet.

## What is a tri key bet?

A perfecta bet type, also known as an exacta, requires you to select two horses to finish in first and second place, in the exact order you predict. The term trifecta was introduced for bettors who wanted to select three horses to place in the top three positions, hence the term ‘tri’, which means three.

## How much is a \$1 exacta box with 3 horses?

For example, if you choose three horses in a boxed exacta, any two of your horses need to finish first and second – but you now have six possible combinations, so a \$1 boxed Exacta will cost you \$6.

## How much is a \$1 exacta box with 4 horses?

Exacta Box

# of Horses \$1 Base Bet Cost
4 \$12.00
5 \$20.00
6 \$30.00
7 \$42.00

## How much does a \$10 trifecta box cost?

Your choices for third position, in order of preference, are horses 1, 5, 6. Rather than box five horses at the cost of \$60 you could play the following. \$10 Trifecta part wheel 2,4 WITH 2,4 WITH 1 = 2 \$10 combinations = \$20.

## What is the difference between a trifecta key and key box?

A ‘Key Box’ bet includes all possible combinations of selected ‘key’ horse(s) when combined with other ‘non-key’ horses in a box bet. For Example, a \$1 Trifecta Key Box: 1/2, 3, 4 This Key Box wager would cost \$18. … The term ‘key box’ means that you are keying a horse(s) with other selections in a box bet.

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## How much is a \$1 trifecta?

Trifecta Box Costs:

\$1 Trifecta Box with three horses \$6 (6 possible combinations)
\$1 Trifecta Box with four horses \$24 (24 possible combinations)
\$1 Trifecta Box with five horses \$60 (60 possible combinations)
\$1 Trifecta Box with six horses \$120 (120 possible combinations)

## How do you bet the top 3 horses?

If your horse finishes 1st, you win all three bets. If your horse finishes 2nd, you win on the Place and Show bets. If your horse finishes 3rd, you win on the Show bet.

## What is the best bet to make in horse racing?

The win bet should be the key bet, especially for newcomers. Takeout (the amount of money that goes to the track that is not returned to bettors) for win, place, and show bets is less than most exotic bets. Most importantly, don’t bet two or more horses to win in the same race.