Horse Racing Odds
Please note: The morning odds, also known as the 'Morning Lines' (M/L) are set by the track for the day's races. During the course of the day up until the actual race, the actual odds may change despite the fact that posted M/L in the racebook does not change. Winners are always paid out at full track odds*. For more information on odds and payouts, please visit the Bet US Racing Track Payouts in the clubhouse.
How to Calculate Betting Odds and Payoffs
Betting on the outcome of horse racing can be fun and profitable and, if you know what you're doing, you might even be able to beat the odds.
The horse racing betting odds for each horse is displayed on a toteboard at the track or on the betting ticket online. The basic information on the betting ticket window is the "odds to win" for each horse. Although it won't tell you how much the horse will pay, it does show the amount of profit you will get if you win and the amount you have to bet to get it. For example, 3-5 odds means that for every $5.00 you wager, you'll win $3.00.
Payouts are determined by how much is in the total pool (all the money bet on all the horses to win) minus the "take" which is usually between 14%-20% depending on the track. The take varies from state to state and the money is used to pay taxes, purse money for the horsemen, expenses at the track, and the track's profit.
Most tracks require a $2.00 minimum bet, here are the pay-offs for $2 win bets: