You can choose the horse you want to bet on for fun (because you like its name, its number is your lucky number or its saddle pad is your favourite colour) or you can refer to the detailed information in the racing program which will allow you to make a more informed decision based on the horse’s record as well as that of its jockey/driver, or trainer. See “Understanding Odds” to choose a horse based on the morning line (who is most likely to win).
WIN: Your horse must finish first.
PLACE: Your horse must finish first or second.
SHOW: Your horse must finish first, second or third. This is the safest bet for someone starting out. You won’t win too much money, but you may have a better chance of winning something.
Cheer your horse on! Shout out loud! Have fun!!
To learn more about betting – from simple bets to exotic bets and more, see some of the other articles on this website.