The trifecta is an advanced horse wager. Select the first, second, and third position horse. Your trifecta wins if the horses finish in the precise order you specified.

The following video clip explains how to place this bet. Watch the entire video for other horse bets.

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**Sample for how to make a Trifecta Bet from a horse racebook.
**

- Select the "Trifecta Bet" from your racebook’s wagering menu.
- Note the horses in the race, listed on the left. The next "ML" column lists the odds.
- Select the first position, second position and third position horse. Remember, final order matters. In this diagram, the first position horses has 2:1 odds, the second position horse has 10:1 odds, the third position horse has 12:1 odds.
*****Notes:**Your 3 horses must finish in the order you specified. Advanced bettors could place a Trifecta Wheel bet by choosing more than one horse to finish in a each position. For example, horse Jones is selected to win. Horses Smith and Charlie are BOTH selected to take second. Horse William is selected to take third.

**Example: $1 Straight Trifecta Bet**

Straight Trifectas cost $1 minimum. Some tracks charge $2 or more.

**Example Bet:** $1 Straight Trifecta on Horses 13, 9, 4. That means you are betting Horse 13 finishes first, Horse 9 finishes second, and Horse 4 finishes third. Your order must be correct.

**Variant #1: Trifecta Box Betting**

A Trifecta Box bet is picking the top 3 horses finishing in ANY order. This bet improves your chances of winning because you __can__ choose more than 3 horses and order doesn’t matter.

There’s a catch. Trifecta Box bets cost more than a straight Trifecta. Each possible winning combination costs $1.

**Trifecta Box Cost Calculation:** (Number of horses) x (Number of horses – 1) x (Number of horses – 2) x (Cost per combination)

A 3 horse Trifecta Box means there are 6 possible finishing combinations. Your bet will cost $6, $1 per combination.

3 horse cost = (3 horses) x (3 horses – 1) x (3 horses – 2) x $1 = $6

4 horse cost = (4 horses) x (3) x (2) x $1 = $24

5 horse cost = (5 horses) x (4) x (3) x $1 = $60

**Example: $1 Trifecta Box Bet**

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

- Select the "Trifecta Bet" from your racebook’s wagering menu.
- Note the horses in the race, listed on the left. The next "ML" column lists the odds.
- Select 3 or more horses to finish first, second, and third. Remember, final order does not matter. In this diagram, the first horse has 2:1 odds. The second horse has 10:1 odds. The third horse has 12:1 odds.
- You must click the blue "Box" button. This indicates the bet is a Trifecta Box and not a straight Trifecta.
*****Notes:**3 or more horses must finish first, second and third.

For example you bet horses James, Ted and Larry. Suppose the race finishes Ted, James and Larry. The bet would win. If the race finishes Larry, James and Ted the bet also wins. But if horse Bill ends up first, second or third the bet would lose. You did not choose Bill in your box.

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Finishing Order | Cost Each |
---|---|

11, 3, 7 | $1 |

11, 7, 3 | $1 |

3, 7, 11 | $1 |

3,11,7 | $1 |

7, 3, 11 | $1 |

7, 11, 3 | $1 |

Total Cost |
$6 |

**Variant #2: Trifecta Wheel Betting**

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

**Difference between Trifecta Wheel and Trifecta Box Bets?**

Trifecta Wheel betting requires a specific order from 3 sets of horses. Trifecta box betting requires any order of 3 or more horses.

**The Trifecta "Key" Concept**

Keying means selecting a set of horses to finish in a certain position. Trifectas are for first, second and third position. That means 3 keys must be made for each Trifecta Wheel.

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

**Example 1st Horse Key:** Horses 1, 5

That means horses 1 or 5 must finish first. You can only win if 1 or 5 finish first.

**Example 2nd Horse Key:** Horses 2, 3

That means horses 2 or 3 must finish second. You can only win if 2 or 3 finish second.

**Example 3rd Horse Key:** Horses 4, 6, 7

That means horses 4, 6 or 7 must finish third. You can only win if 4, 6 or 7 finish third.

Finishing Order | Result |
---|---|

1,2,4 | Win |

1,2,6 | Win |

1,2,7 | Win |

1,3,4 | Win |

1,3,6 | Win |

1,3,7 | Win |

5,2,4 | Win |

5,2,6 | Win |

5,2,7 | Win |

5,3,4 | Win |

5,3,6 | Win |

5,3,7 | Win |

Finishing Order | Result | Why? |
---|---|---|

1,2,3 | Lose | Horse 1 correct. Horse 2 correct. Horse 3 not in third key. |

7,4,1 | Lose | Horse 7 not in first key. Horse 4 not in second key. Horse 1 not in third key. |

8,1,5 | Lose | Horse 8 not in any key. Horse 1 not in second key. Horse 5 not in third key. |

1,5,4 | Lose | Horse 1 correct. Horse 5 not in second key. Horse 4 correct. |

2,7,6 | Lose | Horse 2 not in first key. Horse 7 not in second key. Horse 6 correct. |

**Trifecta Wheel Bets Cost $1 Per Finishing Combination**

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

**Trifecta 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.

Let A equal Key 1 number of horses, B equal Key 2 number of horses, C equal Key 3 number of horses.

Let AB equal number of same horses in both Key 1 and Key 2.

Let BC equal number of same horses in both Key 2 and Key 3.

Let AC equal number of same horses in both Key 1 and Key 3.

Let ABC equal number of same horses in all keys: Key 1, Key 2 and Key 3.

(A x B x C) – (AB x C) – (BC x A) – (AC x B) + (ABC x 2) = Total Trifecta Wheel Cost

**Example 1: **Trifecta Part Wheel

Horses 1 and 2 are your first key.

Horses 2, 3 and 4 are your second key.

Horses 5, 6 and 7 are your third key.

**Note:** 2 is in both first and second keys.

**Note: **No horses are in all keys.

(A x B x C) = 2 x 3 x 3 = 18

– (AB x C) – (BC x A) – (AC x B) = – (1 x 3) – (0 x 2) – (0 x 3) = -3

+ (ABC x 2) = (0 x 2) = 0

**Total Example Trifecta Part Wheel Cost, $1 per Combination = 18 – 3 + 0 = 15 x $1 = $15**

Finishing Order | Cost Each |
---|---|

1,2,5 | $1 |

1,2,6 | $1 |

1,2,7 | $1 |

1,3,5 | $1 |

1,3,6 | $1 |

1,3,7 | $1 |

1,4,5 | $1 |

1,4,6 | $1 |

1,4,7 | $1 |

2,3,5 | $1 |

2,3,6 | $1 |

2,3,7 | $1 |

2,4,5 | $1 |

2,4,6 | $1 |

2,4,7 | $1 |

Total Cost |
$15 |

**Example 2: **Trifecta Full Wheel (1,2 – 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.

**Note: **Horses 3,4,5,6,7,8 are in both second and third keys.

**Note: **No horses are in all keys.

(A x B x C) = 2 x 6 x 6 = 72

– (AB x C) – (BC x A) – (AC x B) = – (0 x 6) – (6 x 2) – (0 x 6) = -12

+ (ABC x 2) = (0 x 2) = 0

**Total Example Trifecta Full Wheel Cost, $1 per Combination = 72 – 12 + 0 = 60 x $1 = $60**

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

For simplicity, 60 combinations is too many to write. Use the equation to calculate winning combinations for each Trifecta Full Wheel.

**Trifecta Betting Cost Tables**

**Trifecta Box Cost Calculation:** (Number of horses) x (Number of horses – 1) x (Number of horses – 2) x (Cost per combination)

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

Let A equal Key 1 number of horses, B equal Key 2 number of horses, C equal Key 3 number of horses.

Let AB equal number of same horses in both Key 1 and Key 2.

Let BC equal number of same horses in both Key 2 and Key 3.

Let AC equal number of same horses in both Key 1 and Key 3.

Let ABC equal number of same horses in all keys: Key 1, Key 2 and Key 3.

(A x B x C) – (AB x C) – (BC x A) – (AC x B) + (ABC x 2) = Total Trifecta Wheel Cost

Horses | Cost |
---|---|

3 | $6 |

4 | $12 |

5 | $20 |

6 | $30 |

7 | $42 |

8 | $56 |

9 | $72 |

10 | $90 |

11 | $110 |

**Trifecta Part Wheel Cost Table: $1 Per Combination
**Each number represents a horse. Read 10 and 11 as two digit numbers in larger fields.

Some horses have been added to multiple keys.

**Example:**

1,2,3/1,2,3/1,2,3,4 = $12 (Horses 1,2,3 in all 3 keys)

Combination |
$1 Cost |

1 2 345 | $3 |

1 2 3456 | $4 |

1 2 34567 | $5 |

1 2 345678 | $6 |

1 2 3456789 | $7 |

1 2 345678910 |
$8 |

1 2 34567891011 |
$9 |

1 2 3456789101112 |
$10 |

1 23 345 | $5 |

1 23 3456 | $7 |

1 23 34567 | $9 |

1 23 345678 | $11 |

1 23 3456789 | $13 |

1 23 345678910 |
$15 |

1 23 34567891011 |
$17 |

1 23 3456789101112 |
$19 |

1 234 345 | $7 |

1 234 3456 | $12 |

1 234 34567 | $13 |

1 234 345678 | $16 |

1 234 3456789 | $19 |

1 234 345678910 |
$22 |

1 234 34567891011 |
$25 |

1 234 3456789101112 |
$28 |

1 2345 345 | $9 |

1 2345 3456 | $13 |

1 2345 34567 | $17 |

1 2345 345678 | $21 |

1 2345 3456789 | $25 |

1 2345 345678910 |
$29 |

1 2345 34567891011 |
$33 |

1 2345 3456789101112 |
$37 |

1 23456 345 | $12 |

1 23456 3456 | $16 |

1 23456 34567 | $21 |

1 23456 345678 | $26 |

1 23456 3456789 | $31 |

1 23456 345678910 |
$36 |

1 23456 34567891011 |
$41 |

1 23456 3456789101112 |
$46 |

Combination |
$1 Cost |

123 4 567 | $9 |

123 4 5678 | $12 |

123 4 56789 | $15 |

123 4 5678910 |
$18 |

123 4 567891011 |
$21 |

123 4 56789101112 |
$24 |

1234 5 678 | $12 |

1234 5 6789 | $16 |

1234 5 678910 |
$20 |

1234 5 67891011 |
$24 |

1234 5 6789101112 |
$28 |

12 34 567 | $12 |

12 34 5678 | $16 |

12 34 56789 | $20 |

12 34 5678910 |
$24 |

12 34 567891011 |
$28 |

12 34 56789101112 |
$32 |

12 12 345 | $6 |

12 12 3456 | $8 |

12 12 34567 | $10 |

12 12 345678 | $12 |

12 12 3456789 | $14 |

12 12 345678910 |
$16 |

12 12 34567891011 |
$18 |

12 12 3456789101112 |
$20 |

12 12 34 | $4 |

12 12 345 | $6 |

12 12 3456 | $8 |

12 12 34567 | $10 |

12 12 345678 | $12 |

12 12 3456789 | $14 |

12 12 345678910 |
$16 |

12 12 34567891011 |
$18 |

12 12 3456789101112 |
$20 |

123 123 1234 | $12 |

123 123 12345 | $18 |

123 123 123456 | $24 |

123 123 1234567 | $30 |

123 123 12345678 | $36 |

123 123 123456789 | $42 |

123 123 12345678910 |
$48 |

123 123 1234567891011 |
$54 |

123 123 123456789101112 |
$60 |

12 3 456 | $6 |

12 3 4567 | $8 |

12 3 45678 | $10 |

12 3 456789 | $12 |

12 3 45678910 |
$14 |

12 3 4567891011 |
$16 |

12 3 456789101112 |
$18 |

See Also |
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Trifecta Box Betting |

Trifecta Wheel Betting |

Superfecta Betting |