Quinella Box Betting

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A Quinella Box bet is picking the top two horses from any number of horses. Finishing order does not matter. The minimum Quinella Box is 3 horses.

Quinella Box bets cost $2 per combination. Some tracks offer $1 per combination.

The following video explains how to place this bet. The steps are the same for Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta. Rewind the video to review each straight bet.


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Quinella Box Cost Calculation: ( (Number of horses x (Number of horses – 1) ) / 2 ) x Cost per Combination

A 3 horse Quinella Box means there are 3 possible finishing combinations. Your bet will cost $6, $2 per combination.
3 horse cost = ( (3 horses x (3 horses -1)) / 2) x $2 = $6
4 horse cost = ( (4 horses x (4 horses -1)) / 2) x $2 = $12
5 horse cost = ( (5 horses x (5 horses -1)) / 2) x $2 = $20

Example: $2 Quinella Box Bet

Sample procedure for how to make a Quinella Box Bet from a horse racebook
Quinella Sample Bet

  1. Select the "Quinella 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 3 horses to finish first and second. Remember, final order does not matter. In this diagram, the first horse has 5/2 odds. The second horse has 8/5 odds. The third horse has 2/1 odds.
  4. You must click the "Box" button. This indicates the bet is Quinella Box and not a straight Quinella.
  5. ***Notes: 2 of your 3 horses must finish in the first and second positions.
    For example you bet horses Chris, Art and Hank. Suppose Chris and Art finish first and second, respectively. The bet would win. If Art and Hank finished first and second, the bet would also win. But if horse Neal ends up first or second, the bet would lose. You did not choose Neal in your box.
3 Horse Quinella Box Cost and Combinations
Finishing Order Cost Each
10,6 or 6,10 $2
6,8 or 8,6 $2
10,8 or 8,10 $2
Total Cost $6

Quinella Box Cost Calculation: ( (Number of horses x (Number of horses – 1) ) / 2 ) x Cost per Combination

Quinella Box Costs, $2 Per Combination
Horses Combinations Total
33$6
46$12
510$20
615$30
721$42
828$56
936$72
1045$90
1155$110
1266$132
1378$156
1491$182
15105$210

See Also
Quinella Betting
Quinella Wheel Betting
Exacta Betting