Fun with Superfectas
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
In my Kentucky Derby wagering strategy piece, I originally intended on including a portion on dime superfectas, until it came to my attention that the minimum wager for superfectas on both Oaks and Derby day was $1. A dime super box can be a fun and profitable approach on any race day, not just a big one, so I’ve modified what I originally included just a bit.
If you like at least four horses, the dime superfecta box should be calling your name. For $2.40 you can make a nice score if some of your selections are have decent odds. You’ll have to place this one either at a wagering terminal or using your online wagering account, so make sure you’ve got either of these options available to you once you’ve decided on this approach.
No Clear Single
Obviously, boxing four horses is easy, add an extra horse and it works out to be $12. But another attractive option is the five horse part wheel. Don’t let that description scare you, it’s easy. Let’s say you like numbers 1, 2 and 3 the best and think 4 and 5 could do well but not necessarily win. You’d put 1, 2 and 3 in every position and 4 and 5 in second through fourth position.
All this coverage is a mere $7.20. Or for the same price, select two only two horses on top, add a third in second position, add two more in the third position and four more in the forth position for a total of nine horses in the mix. It would like this in terms of amount of horses in each position:
Each horse is carried down through the forth position so your first two horses are also in position two, three and four. It looks like this:
Only $7.20 for nine horses! This gives you a lot of coverage and can be a nice score if it works out.
One on Top
This is also a fun and inexpensive way to play either an overwhelming favorite who looks to tough to beat or a strong opinion regardless of the odds. Put the fav/strong opinion horse on top and others below. Even if your top selection is a short price, if any of your other selections have juicy odds you can still do pretty well, especially if the second place finisher is a bomb!
A few examples with one horse on top:
1x4x4x4 = $2.40
1x5x5x5 = $6
Another interesting consideration when using the dime super is that it can be a strategy for avoiding “signers”, or tickets that pay more than $600 thus surpassing the threshold where you have to pay taxes on your winnings. Some savvy players will play multiple dime supers instead of $1 or $2 tickets to lessen the likelihood of surpassing that threshold.
No matter how you slice it, the superfecta is fun and affordable way to play with a wide variety of ways to experiment within almost any budget.