In American and Australian horse racing terminology, a trifecta is a parimutuel bet in which the bettor must predict which horses will finish first, second, and third in exact order. The word comes from the related betting term, perfecta. A trifecta is known as a tricast in the United Kingdom, as a tiercé in Hong Kong, as a tiercé (or trio ordré) in France, as a tris in Italy and a triactor in English Canada.
A "boxed" trifecta is where any option in a wager can be correct and the player bets the spread. These are effectively betting on every possible outcome of the three contenders and is calculated.
While a trifecta box is only 3 options (so 6 bets in total), this term is sometimes used — incorrectly — for all boxed bets (in other words, 4 options with 24 total bets, etc.).
The word trifecta is also used to describe a situation when three elements come together at the same time. The term is often used when a U.S. political party controls the executive branch and both houses of the legislative branch of a state or the national government.
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