Do you bet trifectas? Superfectas? Pick-fours, pick-sixes and twin trifectas? How often do you bet them and how often have you hit one? Do you think you’re ahead or behind on betting exotics?
It’s good handicapping practice to keep track of how much you win and lose. It’s even more important to write down WHAT you win and lose on. If you’re not keeping track of which bets you make and how they pay off – or don’t pay off – you’re missing a big part of what it takes to be a successful handicapper.
It’s really easy to get sidetracked by these super exotic bets that have payoffs in the thousands. I’m not saying you should never play them, but it’s easy to overextend yourself if you’re not careful, when you start betting on exotics that have much higher odds of coming in.
There’s a reason twin tri’s pay so much more than regular trifectas. It’s much harder to handicap two trifectas than it is to pick three dogs who will win, place and show in one race. It’s also much more expensive to bet wheels, keys and boxes in exotics, but almost impossible to win with straight bets.
Sometimes, people who don’t intend to bet anything but quinielas or trifectas find themselves thinking that they might as well take a chance on a riskier exotic bet like the twin tri or double quiniela or pick-six. After all, if they win, it’ll pay for all their losses for that program and several other future programs too.
Unfortunately, after the race, the bettor realizes that it will also ADD to their losses when they don’t hit that high risk exotic bet. If you’re already down, betting on the hardest to hit exotics will quickly drain the rest of your bank account until you’re a lot farther down than you were.
And if you’re ahead, hard to hit exotics can change that in a flash with just a few bets. They’re just not a good idea, unless you’re way ahead, can control yourself enough so that you don’t bet more than you can afford to, and have a very good bet that doesn’t need wheeling, keying or boxing.