How to Bet

Wagering Guide for Beginners

Learning to wager on horse races is as fun as it is challenging. The types of wagers you can make, as well as the types of racing Charles Town offers, can get quite confusing. This easy wagering guide can help explain many of the types of wagers and terms you need to know to make a wager.

Charles Town offers thoroughbred, harness and greyhound dog racing from the best racetracks around the country. You can bet on any or all of the tracks we carry at any of the teller windows or self-service betting machines. The tracks that we carry are shown on over 300 television monitors located throughout our facility.

Do I have to buy anything?

No! Admission and seating is always free! A program is informative and can help you in determining what horse to bet on, but it is not necessary to purchase one. We do have food minimums in our dining areas.

Where do I sit?

If you're visiting to watch our live racing program, there's always a good spot to relax and enjoy. We have grandstand seating both levels, as well as our dining room. Or enjoy a sunny day out on the apron and watch the action up close.

If you're a simulcasting fan, try Longshots Simulcast Center for your favorite tracks around the country.

Handicapping The Horses

The Race...

The first factor you must consider when trying to use "scientific analysis" to determine the order of finish in any race is the conditions that each of the horses must meet to get into the race. The "Race Conditions" include such variables as money earned, age, weight, distance (of the race), breeding, number of wins, etc. In order to enter a race, each horse must meet the minimum qualifications listed.

Charles Town offers thoroughbred, harness and greyhound dog racing from the best racetracks around the country. You can bet on any or all of the tracks we carry at any of the teller windows or self-service betting machines. The tracks that we carry are shown on over 300 television monitors located throughout our facility.

The Track...

The next factor you should consider is the track condition. The contour of the track, type of surface, and weather conditions all reflect the condition of the track. A horse that is used to running on dirt may not run well on turf, and vice versa. Some horses actually like to run on a muddy track!

The Horse...

All the information on the horse is learned from past performances (the program). Questions to ask yourself are:
Is the horse fit? Can it go the distance? Does it have good speed? Is it familiar with the track? Does it have the "class" for this race?

The Intangibles...

Many people also put great faith in the trainer, the jockey, and the morning line. All of the information you need to choose your winning horse is available in the program and on the TV monitors. The difficult part is putting all the pieces of the puzzle together on the right day, the right race, and the right horse! As with any other analysis, the more time you spend studying the horses the easier the job of handicapping becomes.

More Betting Information

Box and Wheel 

Types of Wagers

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