Pick Six

Pick Six is an exotic type of bet on horse racing. It is considered as the most difficult bet in horse racing and perhaps the most lucrative. You win by selecting the winner of six consecutive races. You must place the bet before the start of the first of the six races.

Most tracks offer nine or ten races per day, usually in the afternoon. Some tracks put the Pick Six as the first six races, the middle six races, or the last six races. Meetings, or consecutive days of racing at a track, continue for one month or longer in the United States. British meetings are usually only several days in length. Many tracks have carry over pools for the Pick Six that can grow to as much as a million dollars.

A Pick Six bettor can "wheel" or select more than one horse in each of the six races. "Wheeling" generally increases your chance of winning, but this also increases the amount of your wager.

To compute the cost of your Pick Six wager, multiply the number of horses selected in the first race by the number of horses selected on the second race. Then, multiply the product by the number of horses selected on the third race. Next, multiply the product by the number of horses selected on the fourth race. Afterwards, multiply the product by the number of horses selected on the fifth race. Afterwards, multiply the product by the number of horses selected on the sixth race. Finally, multiply the product by the amount you want to wager.

For example,

  • in the first race you "wheeled" two (2) horses
  • in the second race you selectedone (1) horse
  • in the third race you "wheeled" three (3) horses
  • in the fourth race you selected two (1) horse
  • in the fifth race you "wheeled" two (2) horses
  • in the sixth race you selected two (1) horse
  • then multiply by the amount you want to wager
2
x 1
x 3
x 1
x 2
x 1
x 5
  number of horses you selected in the 1st race
  number of horses you selected in the 2nd race
  number of horses you selected in the 3rd race
  number of horses you selected in the 4th race
  number of horses you selected in the 5th race
  number of horses you selected in the 6th race
  the amount you want to wager


$60  amount of your Pick Six wager

The minimum wager on a Pick Six is usually $1 or $2. Ask the clerk at the betting counter for the minimum amount at your favorite track. For online wagers, carefully read the bet limits of your favorite online betting site.