What is a trixie bet in horse racing?

If you’re a U.S. horse bettor, you may never have heard the term trixie bet, which is a term most often heard in European betting shops. You might find these odds at prominent sportsbooks like TVG. It is essentially a strategy for multi-race wagers with a built-in hedge.

It works like this: Let’s say you like horses A, B, and C in the first three races. A trixie would include a Pick 3 and three Daily Doubles (one is actually a parlay, since the races aren’t run consecutively) linking the individual betting interests. In other words, using a $5 base bet, a trixie would cost $20 and consist of a $5 Pick 3 with A, B, C; and $5 doubles with A-B, A-C and B-C.

This strategy is best for situations where you have a high degree of confidence in your selections since unless at least two of your horses win, your return will be a big fat zero.

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