Box a Trifecta

horse racing trifecta
A trifecta requires picking the top 3 finishers in order. Cindy Pierson Dulay

The trifecta requires you to select the first three finishers in order and can lead to big pay-offs. Boxing lets your selections come in any order and still win.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Select three or four horses that you think have the best chance to finish in the top 3 positions
  2. Go to the betting window and tell the clerk which track and race you wish to bet on
  3. Tell the clerk '$1.00 trifecta box 1, 2, 3, 4' (or whichever horses you selected).
  1. Make sure your ticket is correct before you leave the window.
  2. Take your ticket and watch and cheer for your selections.


  1. The more horses you put in your box, the better chance you have of cashing your ticket, but your ticket will also be more expensive.
  2. A 3 horse box is $6, a 4 horse box is $24, a 5 horse box is $60, and a 6 horse box is $120.
  3. $1 is generally the minimum wager on a trifecta box but you can wager a larger amount if you like.