How to Place a Bet with a Teller

Placing a bet with a live teller is easy, and Santa Anita features numerous
betting windows all over the park with helpful staff members to accommodate you.

Simply give the clerk the following information:

  • Thumbnail The name of the track that the race you wish to wager on. You may forego this information if you’re betting on Santa Anita Park races at Santa Anita Park. You can, however, bet on a number of races from all over the country on a given race day.
  • Thumbnail The race’s number. (i.e., the first race of the day would be “race number one”).
  • Thumbnail The type of bet you would like to make. Here you’ll betting terminology like Win, Place, Show, etc. For a list of these betting terms and their meanings; refer to our wagering quick guide.
  • Thumbnail The dollar amount of your wager.
  • Thumbnail The number of the horse as it is referred to in your racing program. While it’s tempting to use a horse’s name, simply refer to it by its designated number.
Wagering Quick Guide
For example, if we put together all that information, a typical bet might sound something like this: Santa Anita Park, race number eight, two dollars on number three to win.
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Betting at a Self-service Terminal

Ticket Sample The process itself is very similar, but you’ll need to first acquire a credit voucher at a designated machine (there will be voucher machines located near all betting locations), or otherwise use a winning ticket to wager using a self-service terminal. Once you have that, you’re ready to use a wagering machine:
step-1 Insert your credit voucher or ticket into the designated slot.
step-2 The machine will prompt you to make selections almost precisely like the process of betting with a live teller (i.e., track, race number, horse’s program number, type and amount of wager). If you’re lost, just refer back up to steps 1-5 of “How to Place a Bet with a Clerk”. Follow the on-screen prompts and, if you’re feeling lost, ask an available clerk for assistance.
step-3 The machine will automatically deduct the amount of your wager from your credit voucher.
step-4 The machine will then dispense your ticket for your wager. If you have any remaining credit from your voucher after you’ve placed your wager, the machine will also dispense a new voucher with the balance on it. DON’T FORGET TO RETRIEVE BOTH TICKETS. Regardless of how you wager, if your ticket is a winner you can cash out at any available teller OR use it to bet in any self-service terminal.

Tutorial Videos

If you still find yourself a bit lost, watch our wagering tutorial videos on by following the links below.

Good Luck, and see you at the races!

Wagering Quick Guide

  • Win – You collect if your horse wins.
  • Place – You collect if your horse wins or is 2nd.
  • Show – You collect if your horse wins or is 2nd or 3rd.
  • Exacta – You collect if you select two horses in one race to finish 1st and 2nd in the exact order.
  • Quinella – You collect if you select the first two finishers in any order in one race.
  • Daily / Late Double – You collect if you pick the horses to win each of two designated races.
  • Trifecta – You collect if you select three horses in one race to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in exact order.
  • Superfecta – You collect if you select four horses in one race to finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in exact order.
  • Superfecta – You collect if you select four horses in one race to finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in exact order.
  • Triple / Pick 3 – You collect if you pick the horses to win each of three designated races.
  • Pick 6-9 – You collect if you pick the horses to finish 1st in each of six or nine designated races.
  • Box – Term to indicate covering your selections in all possible finish orders. Example: $2 Exacta Box numbers 3 & 8 horses.