The Pick 4 has become one of the most popular exotic wagers in horse racing. In order to win, you need to correctly select the winner of four consecutive horse races. While the Pick 4 bet is more difficult than simple wagers, it can result in a big pay day.
The most important component for winning the Pick 4 bet is accurate handicapping, but there is a lot that you can do as well. Try to avoid structuring a Pick 4 ticket with too many combinations, which can decrease profit margins while increasing your costs.
Another important part to winning the Pick 4 is to avoid choosing too many favorites or other horses that will pay low. If the top horses end up filling the Pick 4 spaces, the cost of the bet can be more than the total returnings.
Another thing to consider is the actual track. You can bet a Pick 4 at almost all tracks, but the largest pools are at the most popular ones. Even though the most popular tracks have the largest pools, it doesn’t mean you should jump right in. Consider whether or not you want to compete against some of the best handicappers and bettors, since you'll be betting against them at the popular tracks.
You want one or more favorites to be beaten, and it’s important to try to single a horse in one or more legs, while spreading out your picks in the more competitive races.
This is one of the best ways to pick and win a Pick 4. By singling a horse in one or more legs, the cost of the wager is lower and allows you to spread the field in the competitive races.
Another way to win big is by beating a short-priced favorite in the first leg. The first leg is the only one where you can see the actual win odds, and by beating the first favorite there is a high likelihood that there will be an overlay price on the Pick 4 payoff.
Betting a Pick 4 is one of the most exciting ways to wager on horse racing, and it keeps you involved in more than one race. It is one of the most lucrative bets available, so make sure you are armed with as much knowledge about the field as possible. Whether you chose a popular or small-mid level track, there is a lot of potential for winnings.