Cost of Wagers & Approximate Payouts
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder
How much does it cost and what will it pay? Two things we all want to know!
An easy rule of thumb to remember for determining the cost of exotic wagers is to multiply the number of horses in each leg of the wager by the cost of the wager. Some simple examples…
A $2 exacta of two horses over 4 horses:
2 (two horses on top) x 4 (two horses on bottom) x 2 (cost of wager) = $16
A $2 trifecta with one horse on top and two in the second and third leg:
1 (top horse) x 2 (two horses in leg 2) x 2 (two horses in leg three) x $2 (cost of wager) = $8
If you’re interested in big day payouts, be sure to check out Kentucky Derby payouts since 1990 and Average Breeders’ Cup Pick 4 Payouts. And you can learn more about pool size and exotic wager payout here.