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The trifecta is the form of pari-mutuel wagering whereby you select in order the first, second, and third place horses in races which offer trifecta wagering.

BOXING

In boxing the trifecta, the bettor may bet a minimum of three horses on a single ticket, giving the bettor every possible combination of the chosen horses to finish first, second, third in exact order.

Simple Trifecta Boxes

Horses
Boxed
$1
$2
$3
$4
$5
$10
3
6
12
18
24
30
60
4
24
48
72
96
120
240
5
60
120
180
240
300
600
6
120
240
360
480
600
1200
7
210
420
630
840
1050
2100
8
336
672
1008
1344
1680
3360
9
504
1008
1512
2016
2520
5040
10
720
1440
2160
2880
3600
7200
11
990
1980
2970
3960
4950
9900
12
1320
2640
3960
5280
6600
13200

WHEELING

If you like one horse and want to play it with all other combinations of the rest of the field, so that any other two can run second and third,  that's called wheeling. For example, if you like the #2 horse and want to play him to win, with all the other horses in the race, you'll say to the mutuel clerk "$1 Trifecta, Wheel the #2 on top."

$1 is just an example; you can wager whatever amount you like. Also, you can put your horse "in the middle," in which case he must run second, or "on the bottom," in which case he must run third.

Wheeling One Horse with ALL Others in a Race

# Horses
in Race
$1
$2
$3
$4
$5
$10
6
20
40
60
80
100
200
7
30
60
90
120
150
300
8
42
84
126
168
210
420
9
56
112
168
224
280
560
10
72
144
216
288
360
720
11
90
180
270
360
450
900
12
110
220
330
440
550
1100

TRIFECTA KEY WHEEL

This is a simple variation of wheeling. In a KEY wheel, you select one horse to win, and then your choice of  x number of horses in the second and third positions. An example is in order. Let's say you like the #3 horse really well to win, and you think the # 6, 7, and 8 horses are the only other horses in the race who have any shot at all of hitting the board. You would play a  "$1 Trifecta,  Key the 3 over the 6, 7, and 8."

Your ticket would cover these combinations: 3-6-7, 3-7-6; 3-6-8, 3-8-6; and 3-7-8, 3-8-7.

Trifecta Key Wheel: One Horse with Selected Others

Your
Key Horse Plus:
$1
$2
$3
$4
$5
$10
3 horses
6
12
18
24
30
60
4 horses
12
24
36
48
60
120
5 horses
20
40
60
80
100
200
6 horses
30
60
90
120
150
300
7 horses
42
84
126
168
210
420
8 horses
56
112
168
224
280
560
9 horses
72
144
216
288
360
720
10 horses
90
180
270
360
450
900
11 horses 
110
220
330
440
550
1100

Don't be confused by the slight odd-looking overlap in the two charts above. There are a couple of  duplications simply expressed in different ways. For example, if there are six horses in the field, saying "Wheel the #2 on Top" is the same as saying "Key Wheel, #2 with 1,3,4,5,6." 

Don't sweat it--just make sure to check your ticket before you leave the window to make sure you've been given the bet you called out AND that you've been charged properly.

TRIFECTA PART-WHEELS

The favorite of many trifecta players, this variation is virtually the same as a basic wheel, except that you can exclude as many horses as you want. This allows you to build some pretty creative bets. Since Trifecta Part Wheels are largely played using $1 as the basic betting unit, and in the interest of displaying part wheels as clearly as possible, we'll feature only the costs of tickets using $1 in the chart that follows. Remember, of course, that $1 tickets always pay HALF as much as $2 ones!

The chart does not cover all possible combinations. The selection of which combinations to include was based on what I thought would be the most probable combinations players would use and an upper limit of $60. Let's not get crazy here.

How to read the chart:

Example 1: 1  234  34567 means one horse in the win position, three horses in the place position and five horses in the show position, two of which are horses that are also in the place position ( the 3 and the 4).

Example 2: 12  12  3456 means two horses in the win position, the same two horses in the place position and four horses in the show position

In example two, if you liked the 5 and 6  horses to run first or second, and either the 4, 8, 10, 11, or 12 to show, your ticket would be "$1 Trifecta Part Wheel, 5 and 6 over the 5and 6, over the 4, 8, 10, and 12." 56  56  481012

WRITE DOWN your bet to make sure you have it right before you go to the window, and CHECK YOUR TICKETS, COST, and CHANGE before you walk away from the window. Whether a mistake is yours or a clerk's, it can be very costly in terms of both money and frustration.

Trifecta Part Wheels

Combination
$1 Cost
Combination
$1 Cost
1  2  345
1  2  3456
1  2  34567
1  2  345678
1  2  3456789
1  2  345678910
1  2  34567891011
1  2  3456789101112
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
123  4  567
123  4  5678
123  4  56789
123  4  5678910
123  4  567891011
123  4  56789101112
9
12
15
18
21
24
1  23  345
1  23  3456
1  23  34567
1  23  345678
1  23  3456789
1  23  345678910
1  23  34567891011
1  23  3456789101112
5
7
9
11
13
15
17
19
1234  5  678
1234  5  6789
1234  5  678910
1234  5  67891011
1234  5  6789101112
12
16
20
24
28
1  234  345
1  234  3456
1  234  34567
1  234  345678
1  234  3456789
1  234  345678910
1  234  34567891011
1  234 3456789101112
7
12
13
16
19
22
25
28
12  34  567
12  34  5678
12  34  56789
12  34  5678910
12  34  567891011
12  34  56789101112
12
16
20
24
28
32
1  2345  345
1  2345  3456
1  2345  34567
1  2345  345678
1  2345  3456789
1  2345  345678910
1  2345  34567891011
1  2345  3456789101112
9
13
17
21
25
29
33
37
12  12  345
12  12  3456
12  12  34567
12  12  345678
12  12  3456789
12  12  345678910
12  12  34567891011
12  12  3456789101112
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
1  23456  345
1  23456  3456
1  23456  34567
1  23456  345678
1  23456  3456789
1  23456  345678910
1  23456  34567891011
1  23456  3456789101112
12
16
21
26
31
36
41
46
12  12  34
12  12  345
12  12  3456
12  12  34567
12  12  345678
12  12  3456789
12  12  345678910
12  12  34567891011
12  12  3456789101112
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
12  3  456
12  3  4567
12  3  45678
12  3  456789
12  3  45678910
12  3  4567891011
12  3  456789101112
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
123  123  1234
123  123  12345
123  123  123456
123  123  1234567
123  123  12345678
123  123  123456789
123  123  12345678910
123  123  1234567891011
123  123  123456789101112
12
18
24
30
36
42
48
54
60
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