W.T. Bishop, the late general manager and vice president of Oaklawn, would say, "Come to the track to be entertained. Have an afternoon of enjoyment and, if you should happen to win a little money in the process, consider it a bonus."
Oaklawn offers various bets. Besides win, place and show wagers, there are daily doubles, exactas and trifects as well as Pick 3's, Pick 4's and a daily Pick 5. The betting format expands a bit more on simulcast wagers.
An official track program in a necessity. Among its vast information are trainer and jockey standings. A player should be aware of winning percents. Fifteen percent and above is very good for jockeys and trainers. Those with the highest percentages are usually the ones on a hot streak and doing the most things right. Of course everyone else knows that as well, so you will often see these jockeys and trainers are those associated with the majority of the public favorites.
If you have any questions, please feel free to visit the Information Booth on the first floor of the Grandstand, next to the paddock.
How to Wager
Placing a wager, can be intimidating for new fans. For a quick tip from Oaklawn's own Nancy Holthus, click here.
Types of Bets
- Your horse must finish 1st.
- Your horse must finish 1st or 2nd.
- Your horse must finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
- Across the Board
- You are making 3 equal win, place, and show bets.
- If your horse wins: you collect on all 3 wagers (win, place, show).
- If your horse comes in 2nd: you collect on the place and show bet.
- If your horse comes in 3rd: you collect on the show bet. For example: "$2 Across the Board on 1" simply means: $2 to win on #1, $2 to place on #1 and $2 to show on #1 which will cost you $6 total.
- Your horses must finish 1st and 2nd in either order.
- Your horses must finish 1st and 2nd in the exact order.
- Your horses must finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the exact order.
- Your horses must finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the exact order.
- Daily Double
- Your horses must finish 1st in each of the two races that comprise the Daily Double. Wagers must be made before either race has begun.
- Pick 3
- Similar to a Daily Double, but applies to three consecutive races.
- Pick 4
- Your horse must win each of the four races comprising the Pick 4. Wagers must be placed before the running of the first of the Pick 4 races.
- Pick 5
- Your horse must win each of the five races comprising the Pick 5. Wagers must be placed before the running of the first of the Pick 5 races.