Exacta Strategy #1
If you make a $1.00 exacta of 1-2 with 1-2-3-4 it only costs you $6.00. To win this bet, one of the top 2 choices must win the race and one of the remaining 3 horses from the top 4 choices must run second. You can hit with 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 2-1, 2-3 and 2-4. What really makes this an attractive bet is that many times, that 4th horse goes off at high odds and if it runs second to one of the top 2 choices, you can expect a nice payoff. A 3 horse box of 1-2-3 also costs $6.00 but doesn't cover the situation where the 4th horse places. These strategies are good to use when you call in all your bets at once and don't get a chance to see the odds board.
Exacta Strategy #2
If you are on track and able to follow the odds, a good exacta strategy is to box the top 2 choices with the best overlay. Let's say that our 5th choice has A+ computed odds of 8-1 but is going off at 20-1. In that situation, I'd box the 1-2-5 and hope that the 5 gets in there somehow for a nice payoff.
Win Bet Strategy #1
Always - and I do mean ALWAYS - bet an overlay. A+ is very accurate in placing the race winner among its top 4 choices. Some of our customers automatically bet the top choice to win and I try to discourage them from doing that. But the ones who do seem to be happy with that type of strategy and I get tons of email from these people telling me how successful they are betting this way. My answer is always the same to these folks. I tell them that in the long run, they are missing out on some very high priced winners. An attractive strategy (on track only) is to bet as close to post time as possible on the horse (or horses) among the top 4 picks that are the biggest overlays. An A+ 5-1 horse going off at 20-1 is a 4x overlay. An A+ 7-2 horse going off at 7-1 is a 2x overlay. Of course, when there are a lot of first time starters in a particular race, the odds are not as accurate as we'd like and we adjust the size of our bets accordingly. But generally, try to back a horse going off at higher odds than A+ computes.
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SEE HOW THIS STRATEGY HIT A $5,341.30 TRIFECTA