PICK 3 and PICK 4

On a PICK 3 bet you select the winning horse in three consecutive races. This is usually offered on the first and last 3 races of the day, although some tracks may offer this bet on any three consecutive races.

A PICK 4 wager is exactly the same as a Pick 3 except you have to select the winner of four consecutive races.

Pick 3 and Pick 4 Part Wheel

The pick 3 or 4 part wheel bet is favorite play at the track. It allows you to single your favorite horses in some races and combining them with several good paying horses in other races in an attempt to hit a good paying win ticket. There is generally good value in the pick 3 or 4 bet, and frequently they will pay considerably more than the comparable amount of money bet in a 3 or 4 race parlay.

To increase the probability of winning a pick 3 or 4you may want to play multiple combinations by selecting more than one horse in one or more of the three races. The easiest way to communicate this bet to the clerk is to use the pick 3 part wheel bet. If you think the #3 horse will win the first race of the pick 3 and either the (#1, #5 or #7) horse will win the second race, and the (#2, #5, #8, #10, or #12) horse will win the third race, you would tell the clerk ($2 Pick 3 Part Wheel 3 with 1, 5, 7 with 2, 5, 8, 10, 12). The cost of this bet would be (1 x 3 x 5 x $2) = $30 for your $2 bet. You can bet any amount from $1 on up. Remember, that if you bet a $1 bet, you only collect 1/2 of the payoff amount since most bets are quoted for a $2 bet.


PK3 and PK4 Grading and Payout Rules

All PK3 and PK4 tickets are paid out based on the official race results as published by the host track at which the race was run.

If there is a scratched horse in any PK3 or PK4 selection wagers will be refunded.

No consolation payouts as we do not recognize any 3 out of 4 special Pick 4 track payouts.

Pick 3's and 4's Strategy

PK3's AND PK4'S are the wagers that are fun and also take a while before you find out whether you win or lose since these races consist of more than one race. Unless you get knocked out in the first leg, then it is not much fun.

Pick 3

Example: $1.00 Win 3 #1 with / #2, #3 with / #4, #5 cost $4.00. In this example the #1 must win the first leg, the #2 or #3 must win the second leg, and the #4 or #5 must win the third leg.


You may add as many horses in each race as you think is needed to win your wager. Remember, the more horses, the more expensive the bet. Some wagers will cost more then the actual payout. What do you mean? If all the favorite horses happen to win the payout will be small. Meaning if you took 5 horses in first leg, 2 horses in the second leg, and 5 horses in the third leg. This ticket would cost $50.00 for a $1.00 ticket. The payoff for a $1.00 Win 3 could be $18.00 you end up winning, but lose $32.00.




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