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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,[1] as a tiercé in Hong Kong, as a trio ordré in France[2] and as a tris in Italy.

Trifecta boxes[edit]

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.).

Other uses[edit]

The word has trifecta has also used to describe a situation when three elements come together at the same time.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Forecast & Tricast Bets – Help". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Translation of the French Betting Rules" (PDF). PMU. p. 22. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Itkowitz, Colby (2010-03-15). "Specter trifecta in DC publication". Morning Call. 

External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of trifecta at Wiktionary