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Philippine Legal Horse Betting

Horse racing in the Philippines dates back to the mid-18th century when it first emerged as a recreational activity, The earliest form of horse racing was introduced while the country was still under Spanish control and included a 1/4 mile long straight racetrack. Betting on horse races wasn't established until about 50 years later in 1903 and was then authorized by the reigning government body.

By then a lot had changed, the tracks were now circular and the breed of horses had improved drastically. Today Philippines legal horse betting is widely accepted and is considered tradition as it has roots in Filipino history.

History of Horse Racing in the Philippines

The horse racing has been divided into 3 eras based on time periods: Pony Arabian and Throughbred. The Pony-era is when horse racing was first introduced , the Philippines were still under Spanish control and this era lasted for about 30 years. This was the infancy of horse racing, before betting on the sport became popular.

The Arabian-era refers to a time when the Philippines were considered the "American-Philippines" after the Spanish- American war ended and America took control of the Philippines as one of its territories. In 1903, betting was introduced to the sport and horse racing popularity exploded across the islands. The Arabian-era lasted for about 30 years until the Filipino racers started breeding their own local breeds.

In 1934, the Throughbred era came into play as result of their local horse breeding. Even though they were still an American territory at the time, the era continued when they gained their independence in 1946 and is still in place today.

Horse Racing Tracks in Philippines

There are currently 3 horse racetracks in the Philippines all of which are in close proximity to Metropolitan Manila: Metro Manila Turf Club, Santa Ana Park and San Lazaro Leisure Park. Below is there contact info and address.

Metro Manila Turf Club

Address : San Pioquinto, Malvar Batangas Philippines Santa Ana Park

Address : 4883 Chino Roces Ave, Makati Metro Manila Philippines

San Lazaro Leisure Park

Address : Carmona, Cavite, Philippines

Horse Race Bet Types and Wagering Options

There are many types of bets and gambling options when it comes to horse or dog racing. In this section we will cover some of the most common bet types and wagering options that you are likely to see when placing bets on horse racing. Basic Bet Types : Win - Is when you pick the 1st place winner.

Place - Is when you pick the 1st or 2nd place horse.

Show - Is when you pick the 1st 2nd , or 3rd place horse.

Exotic and Combinations Bets:

Across the Board - 3 equal wins, place and show bets.

- If your horse finishes 1st you win all three bets.

- If the horse finishes 2nd, you win place and show bets.

- If your horse finishes 3rd, you win on the show bet.

Exacta - when you pick two horses and what order they will finish in 1st and 2nd exact order , you win.

Quinella - when you pick two horses and they finish 1st or 2nd in either order , you win.

Trifecta - when you pick the top 3 horses and they finish in the exact order you picked, you win.

Superfecta - when you pick the top 4 horses and their exact finishing order, you win.

Daily Double - 2 races make up the daily double , you pick 1 horse from each race and if either horse wins both races , you win.

Pick 3, Pick 4 & Pick 6 - Similar to the daily double players pick winners for 3-6 consecutive races. Pick 6 is the biggest bet you can make.

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