HOW TO BET
The best way to learn about the harness racing game is
to jump right in and play. Follow these simple step-by-step
instructions and in no time you'll have a horse going for
you in a race at Fraser Downs - with a good chance of making
a profit on your $2 investment!
After a taste of the action, you'll find it easy to learn
more about harness racing and wagering. The information
here will help and so will the friendly staff at Fraser
Downs. You'll discover that harness racing is a game everyone
can play - and win!
It's 1-2-3 Easy!
Step 1: Pick Your Horse
When you arrive at Fraser Downs, buy an Official
Program for only $2. Turn to the page which lists the
horses entered in the 1st Race. The large numbers on the
left side of the page are the horses' betting numbers. Following
each number is the name of the horse. (For now, just ignore
all of that other information in very small type.)
Now look near the top of the page, on the left side, for
the words: "Morning Line Ratings." The three numbers
which follow the words are the numbers of the horses expected
to be the "betting favorites" in the race. If
one of these numbers is 1, then write the number 1 in the
space below. If number 1 isn't among the three numbers,
select the first number listed and write that number in
the space. Write in the horse's name, too. Of course, you
may select any horse you wish; the choice is up to you.
Step 2: Place Your Bet
For your first play, we suggest you make a show bet. The
minimum wager is $2 and you'll be holding a winning ticket
if your horse finishes first, second or third. When you're
ready to place your bet, go to any betting window and say
to the teller:
"Two Dollars to Show, Number...."
(Use the number of the horse you picked in Step 1)
In return for your $2, the teller will issue a "tote
ticket" with details of your wager on it. Before you
leave the window, check to be sure your ticket is correct.
You've placed your bet!
Step 3: Cheer Your Horse Home!
The distance of all races on the new five-eighths (5/8)
mile track at Fraser Downs is one mile. The horses go around
three turns and finish at "the wire" in front
of the Clubhouse. As the race begins, look for your horse
and listen to the announcer's call. When horse and driver
reach the home stretch, it's time to give them all you've
got: yell, cheer, whistle, stomp - whatever it takes to
get them to finish first, second or third!
While you're catching your breath, check the results of
the race - they'll be announced, posted on the infield "tote
board" and displayed on the video monitors. Within
a few moments, the race will be made "official"
and payoff prices will be posted. If your horse is officially
one of the first three finishers, take your ticket to any
teller to collect your winnings.
Odds are you're a winner already. In any case,
you can try again with the 2nd Race, which is coming right