Every horse racing fan loves the challenge of trying to pick the winner in every race that they play, but there are others who like to test their skills to the max. These are the people who play the exotics, all of which require you to predict the exact order of finish to a certain number of places. The toughest of the lot has to be the superfecta, as this one requires you to hit the exact order of finish of the top 4 horses. With so many things that can go wrong in the average horse race, picking the superfecta can be as difficult as selecting the correct lottery numbers, but the payoffs are what make it such an enticing bet. An example of just how big these pots can get can be seen with the superfecta payout at the 2007 Kentucky Derby. Had you played a $2 ticket that correctly predicted the top 4 in that race, you would have walked away with over $29,000. I’m sure you can see now why the superfecta is such a great bet, but remember that the payout is dependent on the live odds at the start of the race. If you can get one or two longshots in the mix, the amount you win will go up. Let’s take a look at some superfecta strategies.
Taking an Insider’s look at the 2016 Belmont Stakes Superfecta Betting Picks
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Keying the winner in the superfecta
Boxing, which we will talk about in a minute, can get expensive when you are playing this wager, so in order to reduce your risk, think about keying one or two horses in specific positions. For example, if you have your four horses selected, and are sure that you know who the winner will be, you could play him on top with the others filling the 3 remaining spots. The ticket would read: horse 1 with 2,3,4, with 2,3,4, with 2,3,4. This gives you 6 possible winning combinations, which means your ticket would cost $6 for a $1 stake.
Boxing the superfecta
Boxing your exotics tickets gives you the most potential winning combinations, but it can also start to get a little expensive. If you boxed all 4 of the horses you like in your superfecta ticket, you would be looking at 24 possible winning combinations, which means a $24 ticket on a $1 stake. For every horse you add to the box, the price of the ticket rises. For example, making it a 5-horse box would mean paying $120 on a single ticket. Not a bad investment if you have a couple of longshots in there and it hits. You are essentially giving yourself 120 chances of winning with this ticket, which is worth it if you are confident and have that type of money to play.
There are all kinds of different ways to get creative with the superfecta that can help reduce the cost of your ticket. You might also find an online sportsbook that offers a 10 cent superfecta, which allows you to really have a go without breaking the bank. For example, the 5-horse super that we mentioned earlier would only cost $12 on a 10 cent stake, and that is a small price to pay for a nice return on investment.
My 5 horses would be Exaggerator, Stradivari, Suddenbreakingnews, Brody’s Cause, and Cherry Wine.