Superfecta Bet

A Superfecta Bet is picking horses to finish first, second, third and fourth. Place a straight superfecta, superfecta wheel or superfecta box. Each superfecta variant has its own mechanics and cost. This tutorial explains how to place each superfecta bet. See example superfecta cost tables below.

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A winning superfecta bet can result in an enormous payout. Remember, picking the top 4 horses is not likely.

Chapters

  1. Straight Superfecta
  2. Superfecta Box
  3. Superfecta Wheel

First, let’s define a superfecta bet.

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Straight Superfecta Bet

Choose 4 horses to finish first, second, third and fourth. Final order matters.

Your superfecta wins if the horses finish in the exact order you specified.

Cost: $1 or 10 cents

How to Place a Superfecta Bet
How to Place a Superfecta Bet

  1. Select "Superfecta Bet".
  2. Horses will be listed on the left. The next "ML" column contains the odds.
  3. Select the first, second, third and fourth horses. Final order matters. In this diagram, the first horse has 4/1 odds, the second horse has 5/1 odds, the third horse has 6/1 odds, and the fourth horse has 12/1 odds.
  4. Notes: Your 4 horses must finish in the order you specified.

Example Ticket:

$1 Straight Superfecta on Horses 9-4-7-2 means you are betting $1 that horses 9, 4, 7 and 2 will finish first, second, third and fourth in order.

Superfecta Box Bet

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A Superfecta Box bet is picking any number horses to finish first, second, third and fourth. Final order does not matter.

Your superfecta box bet wins if any of your horses finish in the top 4 in any order.

The superfecta box costs more than a straight superfecta because you must pay for each possible finishing combination.

Cost: $1 or 10 cents per Combination

Superfecta Box Cost

H = Total number of horses being boxed.
C = Cost per Combination, usually $1 or 10 cents.

(H) x (H – 1) x (H – 2) x (H – 3) x (C)

A 4 horse superfecta box costs $24 for 24 combinations: 4 x 3 x 2 x $1.

Tip

Racebooks will calculate superfecta box cost for you. See also this calculator.

How to Place a Box Bet
How to Place a Superfecta Box Bet

  1. Choose "Superfecta Bet".
  2. Horses will be listed on the left. The next "ML" column contains the odds.
  3. Select 4 or more horses to finish first, second, third and fourth. Final order does not matter.
  4. You must select “Box” wager. This indicates the bet is a Superfecta Box.
  5. Notes: Sportsbook will calculate box cost automatically.

Example Ticket:

A 5 Horse Superfecta Box on Horses 6-1-8-3-7 means you are betting $1 that any combination horses 6, 1, 8, 3 or 7 will finish first, second, third or fourth in any order.

This superfecta box costs $120 for 120 possible finishing combinations. A 10 cent superfecta box would cost $12.

Superfecta Wheel Bet

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A Superfecta Wheel bet is picking sets of horses to finish first, second, third and fourth. Each set is called a key. Each key contains 1 or more horses.

Two Superfecta Wheel Bets

Superfecta Full Wheel – Put one horse in the 1st key with all other horses in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th keys. Alternatively, wheel 1 horse in either the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th keys with all others in the remaining keys.

Superfecta Part Wheel – Put one or more horses in one key with your own sets of horses in the remaining keys. The part wheel does not include all other horses.

Superfecta Wheel Details

A horse can be included in multiple keys. This is common for heavy favorites. They are more likely to finish in the top 4 than a longshot.

A superfecta wheel bet requires a specific finishing order from 4 sets of horses. Note that a superfecta box bet requires any order of 4 or more horses.

Your superfecta wheel bet wins if a horse from the 1st key finishes first, a horse from the 2nd key finishes second, a horse from the 3rd key finishes third and a horse form the 4th key finishes 4th.

Cost: $1 or 10 cents per Combination

Superfecta Wheel Cost

This calcuation is very complicated because the same horse can included in multiple keys. A thorough equation and example would be too lengthy for this tutorial.

Tip

Racebooks will calculate superfecta wheel cost for you. See also this calculator.

Example Ticket:

6 Horse Superfecta Part Wheel. 1-2 with 2-3-4 with 2-3-4 with 5-6 costs $16.

  • 1st Key – Horses 1 and 2
  • 2nd Key – Horses 2, 3 and 4
  • 3rd Key – Horses 2, 3 and 4
  • 4th Key – Horses 5 and 6

Notes: 2 is in 1st, 2nd and 3rd keys.

Superfecta Betting Reference

$1 Superfecta Box

3 horses = $6
4 horses = $24
5 horses = $120
6 horses = $360
7 horses = $840
8 horses = $1680
9 horses = $3024
10 horses = $5040
11 horses = $7920
12 horses = $11880

$1 Superfecta Full Wheel with N Horses

Read as 1 with N Horses

3 horses = $6 (1 with 3 horses)
4 horses = $24 (1 with 4 horses)
5 horses = $60
6 horses = $120
7 horses = $210
8 horses = $336
9 horses = $504
10 horses = $729
11 horses = $990

References: Superfecta Betting


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