Del Mar Racetrack
Del Mar racetrack placing bets can be an intimidating affair if you have never done so before. Let's bring you up to speed before you go to the races:
You can place bets online, via telephone, or in person at the racetrack. If you are at the Del Mar racetrack you can make a bet at the Betting Windows which can have a real person, or a touch screen machine. You can download an app on your smart phone and place bets from your device (placing bets with your smart phone only works if you are at the Del Mar racetrack; it does not work from home).
Regardless of where/how you place your bet, you will need 4 pieces of information:
- Track and Race Number:
Some days have many races ongoing at once. The races occur in different locations (tracks) across the country and within each track, there are 8 to 10 races throughout the day. So you need to specify which location (track) and which race you are betting on.
- The Dollar Amount of the Wager:
At the Del Mar racetrack, the minimum wager for a regular or "straight" bet is $2. The minimum bet for some of the "exotic" bets are as low as $1. You are welcome to bet more, but $2 is the minimum bet.
- The Type of Bet:
Most racetracks will have the traditional "straight" bets:
Win = you win if the horse you picked came in 1st.
Place = you win if the horse you picked came in 1st or 2nd.
Show = you win if the horse you picked came in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd
- The Program Number of the Horse:
A racing horse comes with a battery of information including a name, a program number, colors, a jockey, an owner, stats, and more. You always place your bet using the program number. The number can be found on the Program which you should have received upon entry into the fairgrounds. Learn how to read the program here
Del Mar racetrack also offers "exotic" bets which are more complicated. See description below.
Exotic Bets available at the Del Mar Racetrack
you pick 2 horses, you win if the horses come in 1st or 2nd (basically, you pick the top two horses and it doesn't matter if they come in 1st or 2nd). Minimum bet: $2
you pick 2 horse and predict the order they come in: 1st or 2nd. Minimum bet: $1
you pick 3 horses and predict which order they come in, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. This type of betting only available if there are 8 or more betting interests* Minimum bet: $1.
you pick 4 horses and correctly predict which order they come in, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. This type of betting only available if there are 8 or more betting interests*. Minimum bet: $1.
you pick the 1st place winning horse in two consecutive races. Bets must be placed before the first of the two races. Traditionally offered on the first two races of the day. Minimum bet: $2.
you pick the 1st place winning horse in three consecutive races. Bets must be placed before the first of the three races. Minimum bet: $1.
you pick the 1st place winning horse in six consecutive races. Bets must be placed before the first of the six races. Minimum bet: $2
you play the entire card (all races for the day) by picking one horse per race. You win if the horses come in 1st or 2nd place in all the races. If no one picks the correct combination for all races, then the person with the highest correct picks collects the cash. Minimum bet: $1.
Examples of Bets:
Del Mar, Race #1, $2, Win on #8
you win if horse #8 comes in 1st
Del Mar, Race #2, $2, Place on #3
you win if horse #3 comes in 1st or 2nd
Del Mar, Race #3, $2, Quinella on 3-5
you win if horse #3 and horse #5 comes in 1st or 2nd
(doesn't matter if it is 3-5 or 5-3)
Del Mar, Race #4, $2, Exacta on 2-4
you win if horse #2 comes in 1st and horse #4 comes in 2nd
Del Mar, Race #5, $2, Trifecta on 1-4-6
you win if horse #1 comes in 1st, horse #4 comes in 2nd, and
horse #6 comes in 3rd
Del Mar, Race #6, $2, Daily Double 5-8
you win if horse #5 comes in 1st in the first race and
horse #8 comes in 1st in the second race
In order to figure out the race number and the horse's Program number, you will need to get an Official Program. This should have been given to you at the Admission Window when you paid to get in. If you don't have one, it may cost you $2 to buy one, or you can see a free online copy . Learn how to read and understand the program here