Calculate the cost of your exacta bets.
Exacta bets require you to select the first two finishers in correct order. The bet cost is determined by the number of possible winning combinations from the selected horses. A box exacta is calculated by multiplying the number of selections for first by the number of selections for second, minus one.
For example, if five horse are selected in a box exacta, the cost of a full $1 unit is 5 x (5-1) = 20
Straight exactas can be more difficult to calculate, especially if the selections vary for first and second place. It’s always best to use an exacta calculator to ensure you know the cost of the bet.
The cost of a flexi exacta equals the cost of the bet amount. However, the percentage of the bet changes and this will impact the winning return. The flexi exacta percentage is calculated by dividing the bet amount by the number of possible winnings combinations.