Horse Racing Wagering Guide
The Meadows® off-track wagering locations: New Castle - Harmar - Moon
We want your visit with us to be not only enjoyable, but also rewarding. When betting the horses, you are playing against other bettors, not the house. This is called “parimutuel wagering”. The track handles the bets and redistributes the money to the winners.
How To Place A Bet
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino provides both teller-staffed windows and self-service wagering machines. Whichever you choose, the way to bet is the same.
Place your bet by:
- Stating the track name
- Race number
- The dollar amount
- The type of bet
- The horses' program number or numbers
For example: The Meadows, Race 3, $5 to Win on Number 4.
Winning tickets may be cashed at any window the day of the race or up to March 31 of the following year.
Vouchers are just like cash but are easier and more convenient to use. They can be used for wagering at any live teller or self wagering machine. They can be exchanged for cash at any teller window.
Below you will find some of the bets that can be purchased for $2.
The horse must finish first to collect.
The horse must finish either first or second to collect. Generally the payoff is less than a win payoff.
The horse must finish either first, second or third to collect. Generally the payoff is less than for Win or Place
You must pick the winners of two consecutive races to collect. Most tracks have this bet on the first two races of the card. Some tracks also have this bet on the last two races of the card.
You win by picking the first two horses to cross the finish line in exact order.
You win by selecting the first three horses to cross the finish line in exact order. This payoff is generally higher than an Exacta, but is a tougher bet to win.
You win by selecting the first four horses to cross the finish line in exact order.
Pick 3 / Pick 4 / Pick 5 / Pick 6
Must pick winners of the number of consecutive races stated in the bet’s name. For example, a Pick 3 is for three consecutive races, a Pick 4 is for four consecutive races, etc.
You can increase your chances of winning by using boxes and wheels. Here is how they work:
This wager combines your selections to finish first and second in every possible combination. Example: If you bet a “Trifecta box 3-4-5”, you win if those three horses finish in any order first, second and third. This bet can be used with Exactas, Trifectas and Superfectas; it can be wagered in $1 increments and at lower increments at some tracks.
Combines one horse with all the others in a race. Example: If you wager an “Exacta wheel 5-All”, you win if the five finishes first no matter whom finishes seconds. This bet can be used with all bets except Win, Place and Show and can be wagered in $1 increments.
Lets you pick only the combinations you want. This is often used by very experienced bettors. Example: If you bet a “Trifecta part wheel – 3 with 1, 2 and 4, with 1, 2 and 4”, you win if the 3 wins and the 1, 2 or 4 finish second and third. This bet can be used with all bets except Win, Place and Show, and can be wagered in $1 increments.
Please consult the front of the live program, a teller or a self-bet machine for cost of box wagers as each additional horse adds to the cost.
The Meadows - New Castle
2004 West State Street
New Castle, PC 16101
The Meadows - Harmar Township
1 Anchor Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
The Meadows - Moon Township
7700 University Boulevard
Coraopolis, PA 15108