Superfecta Betting

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The superfecta bet is an advanced horse wager. To make a superfecta, select the first position horse, second, third, and fourth position horse. Your superfecta wins if the horses finish in the precise order you specified.

Sample Procedure for how to make a Superfecta Bet from a horse racebook.
Superfecta Sample Bet

  1. Select the "Superfecta Bet" from your racebook’s wagering menu.
  2. Note the horses in the race, listed on the left. The next "ML" column lists the odds.
  3. Select the first position, second, third, and fourth position horse. Remember, final order matters. In this diagram, the first position horses has 4:1 odds, the second position horse has 5:1 odds, the third position horse has 6:1 odds, and the fourth position horse has 12:1 odds.
  4. ***Notes: Your 4 horses must finish in the order you specified. Advanced bettors could place a Superfecta Wheel bet by choosing more than one horse to finish in a each position. For example, horse Jones is selected to win. Horses Smith or Charlie are BOTH selected to take second. Horses William or James are selected to take third. Horse Henry is selected to take fourth. Please see our Superfecta Betting page to learn more.

Example: $1 Straight Superfecta Bet

Most Superfectas cost $1. Many tracks offer $.10 or 10 Cent Superfectas.

Example Bet: $1 Straight Superfecta on Horses 3, 6, 2, 5. That means you are betting Horse 3 finishes first, Horse 6 second, Horse 2 third, Horse 5 fourth. Your order must be correct.

Superfecta Betting Variant #1: Superfecta Box Betting

A Suprfecta Box bet is picking the top 4 horses finishing in ANY order. This bet improves your chances of winning because you can choose more than 4 horses and order doesn’t matter.

Superfecta Box bets cost more than a straight Superfecta. Each possible winning combination costs $1.

Superfecta Box Cost Calculation: (Number of horses) x (Number of horses – 1) x (Number of horses – 2) x (Number of horses – 3) x (Cost per combination)

A 4 horse Superfecta Box means there are 24 possible finishing combinations. Your bet will cost $24, $1 per combination.
4 horse cost = (4 horses) x (4 horses – 1) x (4 horses – 2) x (4 horses – 3) x $1 = $24
5 horse cost = (5 horses) x (4) x (3) x (2) x $1 = $120
6 horse cost = (6 horses) x (5) x (4) x (3) x $1 = $360

Example: $1 Superfecta Box Bet

Sample for how to make a straight Superfecta Box Bet from a horse racebook.
Superfecta Sample Bet

  1. Select the "Superfecta Bet" from your racebook’s wagering menu.
  2. Note the horses in the race, listed on the left. The next "ML" column lists the odds.
  3. Select 4 or more horses to finish first, second, third, and fourth. Remember, final order does not matter. In this diagram, the first horse has 4:1 odds. The second horse has 5:1 odds. The third horse has 6:1 odds. The fourth horse has 12:1 odds.
  4. You must click the blue "Box" button. This indicates the bet is a Superfecta Box and not a straight Superfecta.
  5. ***Notes: 4 or more horses must finish first, second, third and fourth.
    For example you bet horses James, Ted, Chris and Larry. Suppose the race finishes Chris, Ted, James, Larry. The bet would win. If the race finishes Larry, Ted, Chris, James the bet also wins. But if horse Dan ends up first, second or third the bet would lose. You did not choose Dan in your box.

Example: A $1 Superfecta Box on horses 11-9-13-1 means that there are 24 different possible winning combinations. The total wager costs $24. The bet wins if horses 11, 9, 13 or 1 finish in the top 4 in ANY order.

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4 Horse Superfecta Box Cost and Combinations
Finishing Order Cost Each
3,6,5,7 $1
3,6,7,5 $1
3,5,6,7 $1
3,5,7,6 $1
3,7,5,6 $1
3,7,6,5 $1
5,6,7,3 $1
5,6,3,7 $1
5,7,6,3 $1
5,7,3,6 $1
5,3,7,6 $1
5,3,6,7 $1
6,3,5,7 $1
6,3,7,5 $1
6,5,3,7 $1
6,5,7,3 $1
6,7,5,3 $1
6,7,3,5 $1
7,6,5,3 $1
7,6,3,5 $1
7,5,6,3 $1
7,5,3,6 $1
7,3,6,5 $1
7,3,5,6 $1
Total Cost $24

Superfecta Betting Variant #2: Superfecta Wheel Betting

The Superfecta Wheel bet is picking sets of horses to finish in first, second, third, and fourth position. This bet improves your chances of winning because 1 or more horses can be chosen to finish in each position.

Difference between Superfecta Wheel and Superfecta Box Bets?
Superfecta Wheel betting requires a specific order from 4 sets of horses. Superfecta box betting requires any order of 4 or more horses.

The Superfecta "Key" Concept

Keying means selecting a set of horses to finish in a certain position. Superfectas are for first, second, third and fourth position. That means 4 keys must be made for each Superfecta Wheel.

Start with the first position key. Select 1 or more horses. For example, suppose horses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 are racing.

Example 1st Horse Key: Horses 2,4

That means horses 2 or 4 must finish first. You can only win if 2 or 4 finish first.

Example 2nd Horse Key: Horses 1,3

That means horses 1 or 3 must finish second. You can only win if 1 or 3 finish second.

Example 3rd Horse Key: Horses 5, 6, 7

That means horses 5, 6 or 7 must finish third. You can only win if 5, 6 or 7 finish third.

Example 4th Horse Key: Horses 8

That means horses 8 must finish fourth. You can only win if 8 finishes fourth.

Example Winning Combination with our Keys: 4,3,6,8

Example Losing Combination with our Keys: 2,7,8,5

Why?
Horse 2 is correct.
Horse 7 not in second key.
Horse 8 not in third key.
Horse 5 not in fourth key.

Superfecta Wheel Bets Cost $1 Per Finishing Combination

Consider the following examples. We’ve keyed horses into the first, second and third positions. Superfecta Wheel cost is $1 multiplied by total number of combinations.

Superfecta Wheel Cost Calculation:

The calculation is more complicated because there are more possible combinations. Also, putting the same horse in multiple keys must be considered.

We recommend using an online calculator:

Example 1: Superfecta Part Wheel

Horses 1, 2 are your first key.
Horses 2, 3, 4 are your second key.
Horses 2, 3, 4 are your second key.
Horses 5, 6 are your fourth key.

Total Example Superfecta Part Wheel Cost, $1 per Combination = $16

6 Horse Superfecta Part Wheel Combinations. Assume 2 unique horse first key, 3 unique horse second key, 0 unique horse third key + 3 from second key, 2 unique horse fourth key.
Finishing Order Cost Each
1,2,3,5 $1
1,2,3,6 $1
1,2,4,5 $1
1,2,4,6 $1
1,3,2,5 $1
1,3,2,6 $1
1,3,4,5 $1
1,3,4,6 $1
1,4,2,5 $1
1,4,2,6 $1
1,4,3,5 $1
1,4,3,6 $1
2,3,4,5 $1
2,3,4,6 $1
2,4,3,5 $1
2,4,3,6 $1
Total Cost $16

Example 2: Superfecta Full Wheel (1,2 – ALL – ALL – ALL)

Horses 1 and 2 are your first key.
Horses 3,4,5,6,7,8 are your second key.
Horses 3,4,5,6,7,8 are your third key.
Horses 3,4,5,6,7,8 are your fourth key.
Note: Horses 3,4,5,6,7,8 are in second, third, and fourth keys.
Note: No horses are in all keys.

Total Example Superfecta Full Wheel Cost, $1 per Combination = $240

8 Horse Superfecta Full Wheel Winning Combinations
Assume 2 unique horse first key, 6 unique horse second key, 0 horse unique third key + 6 from second key, 0 horse unique fourth key + 6 from third key.

There are 240 total combinations. Refer to exotic horse bet calculators to figure other superfecta costs.

Superfecta Betting Cost Tables

Superfecta Box Cost Calculation: (Number of horses) x (Number of horses – 1) x (Number of horses – 2) x (Number of horses – 3) x (Cost per combination)

Superfecta Box Costs, $1 Per Combination
Horses Combinations Total
4 24 $24
5 120 $120
6 360 $360
7 840 $840
8 1680 $1680
9 3024 $3024
10 5040 $5040
11 7920 $7920
12 11880 $11880

Superfecta Wheel Cost
The calculation is more complicated because there are more possible combinations. Also, putting the same horse in multiple keys must be considered.

Superfecta Wheel Cost, 1 Horse Key, 3 or more horses second, third and fourth keys, $1 Per Combination
Horses Cost
3 $6
4 $24
5 $60
6 $120
7 $210
8 $336
9 $504
10 $729
11 $990

Superfecta Part Wheel Cost Table: $1 Per Combination
Each number represents a horse. Read underlined 10, 11 and 12 as two digit numbers in larger fields.
Some horses have been added to multiple keys.
Example:
1/2,3,4/2,3,4/5,6,7 = $18

Combination $1 Cost
1  2  3  45 $2
1  2  3  456 $3
1  2  3  4567 $4
1  2  3  45678 $5
1  2  3  456789 $6
1  2  3  45678910 $7
1  2  3  4567891011 $8
1  2  3  456789101112 $9
1  23  45  45 $4
1  23  456  456 $12
1  23  345  345 $8
1  23  3456  3456 $18
1  23  34567  34567 $32
1  23  345678  345678 $50
1  23  3456789  3456789 $72
1  23  23  45 $4
1  23  23  456 $6
1  23  23  45678 $10
1  23  23  456789 $12
1  23  23  45678910 $14
1  23  23  4567891011 $16
1  23  23  456789101112 $18
1  234  5    6 $3
1  234  56  56 $6
1  234  567  567 $18
1  234  456  456 $14
1  234  4567  4567 $30
1  234  45678  45678 $52
1  234  456789  456789 $80
1  234  234  345 $10
1  234  234  567 $18
1  234  234  5678 $24
1  234  234  56789 $30
1  234  234  5678910 $36
1  234  234  567891011 $42
1  234  234  56789101112 $48
1  2345  6  7 $4
1  2345  67  67 $8
1  2345  678  678 $24
1  2345  456  456 $16
1  2345  4567  4567 $36
1  2345  45678  45678 $64
1  2345  2345  6 $12
1  2345  2345  67 $24
1  2345  2345  678 $36
1  2345  2345  6789 $48
1  2345  2345  678910 $60
1  2345  2345  67891011 $72
1  2345  2345  56789101112 $84
1  2  34  345 $4
1  2  34  56 $4
1  2  34  567 $6
1  2  34  5678 $8
1  2  34  56789 $10
1  2  34  5678910 $12
1  2  34  567891011 $14
1  2  34  56789101112 $16
1  2  345  345 $6
1  2  345  6 $3
1  2  345  67 $6
1  2  345  678 $9
1  2  345  6789 $12
1  2  345  678910 $15
1  2  345  67891011 $18
1  2  345  6789101112 $21
1  2  345  3456 $9
1  2  3456  78 $8
12  34  56  7 $8
12  34  34  5 $4
12  34  567  8 $12
12  34  567  89 $24
12 34  56  56 $8
12  3  456  456 $12
12  3  4567  4567 $24
12  12  34  34 $4
12  12  345  345 $12
12  34  567  567 $24
123  4  5  6 $3
123  4  56  56 $6
123  4  567  567 $18
123  4  5678  5678 $36
123  4  56789  56789 $60
123  45  67  67 $12
123  45  678  678 $36
123  45  6789  6789 $72
123  123  123  4 $6
123  123  123  1234 $12
1234  5  6  7 $4
1234  5  67  67 $8
1234  5  678  678 $24
1234  5  6789  6789 $48
1234  5  678910  678910 $80
1234  56  78  78 $16
1234  56  789  789 $48
1234  567  8  9 $12
1234  567  89  89 $24
See Also
Superfecta Box Betting
Superfecta Wheel Betting