Triple Crown Vegas Betting

Triple Crown Vegas Betting

A Grueling Test Of Champions

It all starts on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Two weeks later, it’s showtime at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.

Three weeks after that, history is on the line at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

The Triple Crown is a demanding marathon of three races in five weeks through May and June of every year for only the best three-year-old thoroughbreds.

Victory in all three prestigious races — the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont — is an automatic entry into racing glory. The club is so exclusive it has only been done 12 times in the history of the sport. The first was Sir Barton in 1919, the last was American Pharoah in 2015.

Betting On The Triple Crown


Wagering on all three Triple Crown events is offered at racetracks across the United States and online sites such as Bovada, TopBet and Betonline. Every seat in Las Vegas sports books — especially huge venues like Westgate and Mandalay Bay — will be packed if the Triple Crown is on the line.

Along with the Breeders’ Cup, Triple Crown races draw the most attention from the betting public. Hundreds of millions of dollars are bet on these events every year.

While futures wagering is not offered on a particular horse to win the Triple Crown, bettors line up to wager on these history-makers. You can still buy a winning ticket on Ebay from Secretariat’s breathtaking victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

Whether you are at a racetrack, Las Vegas sports book or online with Bovada, the wagering options remain the same.

Win, Place or Show

These are common bets to place on any horse race throughout the year. A win bet is exactly that — pick the winner of the race. To cash a place ticket, your horse must finish first or second. To cash a show ticket, your horse must finish first, second or third. The payoffs on winning tickets are based on a $2 bet.

In 2015, American Pharoah won the Preakness on his way to capturing the Triple Crown. His odds that day were 4-5, meaning a bettor made a $4 profit for every $5 bet. For a $100 wager to win on American Pharoah, the return was $180 ($100 bet plus $80 profit).

Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta

These betting options are called “exotics.” A bettor is attempting to pick the exact order of finish of multiple horses. In an exacta, you must pick the exact order of finish of the first two horses. In a trifecta, it’s the exact order of finish of the first three horses.

With a superfecta, it’s the exact order of finish of the first four horses. The payoffs with these bets will often reach the thousands of dollars.

Daily Double and Pick 3

A daily double is a bet where you have to pick the winner of two separate races, which will include the Triple Crown race. A Pick 3 is a bet where you have the pick the winner of three consecutive races.

How To Pick A Winner


The program for all three Triple Crown races will list the horses in post position order. Beside each horse’s name are the pedigree, owner, breeder, trainer and jockey. The information also includes past performance charts, won/lost records and earnings.

Some important angles to look for when trying to pick the winner include: top jockey, top trainer, recent performances, post position and track condition. The horse’s history at a particular track also has to be considered.

You don’t have to just go with the flow. It’s important to note that favorites only win about a third of all races. That means two-thirds of the time someone is cashing a nice ticket for a handsome profit.

Triple Crown Betting Trends

True or false: Most horses that win the first two races complete the Triple Crown?

The answer is false. While there are 12 Triple Crown winners, 23 have failed to win the Belmont after scoring in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

While long shots have won the Preakness, it has long been viewed as a haven for favorites, especially compared to the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.

History bears that out.

According to the Daily Racing Form, a little more than half (72) of Preakness winners came in as favorites, compared to 42.1 per cent (56 of 133) at the Belmont and just 35.7 per cent (51 of 143) at the Kentucky Derby.

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