What is box betting in horse racing?

Box betting is a technique used in vertical wagers like trifectas to ensure that you cash a ticket if your horses come in.
Vertical bets are wagers in a single race that require bettors to pick the top two, three, four or five finishers in order. In other words, if you have the right four horses in a superfecta, but they finish in an order other than what you predicted, you lose.
Boxing prevents that from happening by creating a ticket that uses all four horses in all four placings. In other words, if you box four horses – let’s call them A, B, C and D — in a $1 superfecta, and they finish 1-2-3-4, you win, no matter what order they come in.
Using this strategy increases your initial investment. In the example above, your ticket would cost $24 rather than the $1 it would cost if you just bet A, B, C, D. But it means you don’t have to suffer through the crushing disappointment that occurs when you miss a huge score because you didn’t put the top finishers in the right order.


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