How To Bet a Quinella in Horse Racing

How To Bet a Quinella in Horse Racing

Written by on June 10, 2016

Whether you’re an experienced thoroughbred horse racing bettor or a casual fan of the sport that just likes to wager on the sport’s biggest races, like the quickly approaching 2016 Belmont Stakes, you’re going to get a online horse betting education thanks to this expert explanation of just what a quinella bet is!

Here’s a Look on How To Bet a Quinella in Horse Racing


The quinella is a wager that boxes a two-horse exacta but doesn’t double the cost. In a quinella, it doesn’t matter which horse finishes first or second. In a 3-5 quinella wager, you would win whether the 3 or 5 horses came in first as long as the other horse that’s part of the quinella, the 3 or 5, finishes second. Quinella wagering isn’t nearly as popular today as it was approximately twenty years ago as the majority of horse bettors prefer to bet on the exacta.Therefore, many tracks have stopped offering the quinella in today’s times.For example, a $2 quinella 3-5 costs $2 and pays off whether the order of finish is 3-5 or 5-3. To bet a full $2 exacta including the same combinations of thoroughbreds would cost you $4. Nowadays, most tracks offer exacta wagering in a minimum denomination of $1. A $1 exacta box on the 3-5 horses would cost you the same as a $2 quinella including the same horses, and would also pay off if the order of finish was 3-5 or 5-3, but a $1 exacta ticket pays only half of the displayed $2 exacta payoff as listed on the board. With the quinella bet you would get the full $2 quinella price displayed on the board. There are three different methods of betting quinellas.

Straight Quinella Betting

A straight quinella is just that…straightforward. A $2 quinella 3-5 returns the full $2 quinella payoff if the final order of finish in the race is 3-5 or 5-3.

Quinella Wheels and Part-Wheels

Quinella wheels and part-wheels allow you to wheel a horse (or more than one horse) with a number of other horses in the quinella. For example, if you like the 3 horse to finish first or second but cannot decide among horses 4,5,6 which one will complete the quinella you could make a $2 quinella part-wheel wager on the 3 horse with 4, 5, 6 at a cost of $6. In essence, you would be playing three $2 quinella tickets of 3-4, 3-5 and 3-6 which would pay off if the order of finish was 3-4, 4-3, 3-5, 5-3, 3-6 or 6-3.A full quinella wheel wager features one or more horses with all the remaining horses in a field. For example, in an eight horse, a $2 quinella wheel 2 with ALL would include 7 combinations: 2-1, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-6, 2-7 and 2-8 at a cost of $14 and would pay the full $2 quinella payoff if the order of finish was 1-2, 2-1, 2-3, 3-2, 2-4, 4-2, 2-5, 5-2, 2-6, 6-2, 2-7, 7-2, 2-8 or 8-2.If you are wheeling multiple horses with multiple horses in a $2 quinella, such as 2-3 with 4-5- 6, you can calculate the cost of the ticket by multiplying the number of horses in the first half of the quinella wheel by the number or horses in the second half of the quinella wheel and then multiplying that number by $2.

Quinella Boxes

Quinella boxes are a favorite for many, since there’s not a whole lot of thought process that goes into the wager. First and foremost, you don’t have to pick the winner. Secondly, you give yourself multiple combinations on one ticket. You can combine an entire field into one quinella box if you like, although this would be a highly unprofitable wager. Many casual bettors will play three or four contenders in a quinella box.To calculate the cost of a quinella box you multiply the number of horses in the box by the number of horses in the box minus one. For example, a $2 quinella box 3, 4, 5 would cost (3 * 2) = $6 and include the combinations 3-4, 4-3, 3-5, 5-3, 4-5 and 5-4.