The New P-4

I was sitting with a banker pal of mine at the races. He was on a cold streak that makes Siberia look like the beach. He was crying and groaning about trying to build a man-size bankroll for the Belmont. Well, I can’t claim it is fool proof, but when I left he was rolling like a snowball going downhill.

He likes to bet exactas, trifectas, and anything under the sun. It was at this time that I took him back a few steps. I asked him if he had ever thought about making a place parlay. After laughing and calling me the “Newbie-Novice,” I broke out the old pen and paper and gave a math lesson to a man who respects the numbers.

Mac likes to bet $50 per race. This is his small end, and I told him to find his best four races to play. It doesn’t matter the price, and let’s try to find a runner who could pay at least $3 to place. This really had him going until the bottom line appeared. Here  are his selections and how they did:

Race #1 – $50 to place = His horse won, and paid $4.60 to place = $115

Race # 2 – $115 to place , and his horse paid $3.40 = $193.80

Race #3 – $193 to place on his $2.80 = $268.80

Race #4 – $268 to place on his final charge who won by a landslide, and paid $3.60 to place = $482.40

My pal really fell in love with this little wager, and liked the “Rule of Four.”  He has changed his focus a bit, and I think he’s back on track. I told him to play the gimmicks on the big day, and not to forget using this play. He called me an hour ago, and told me he rolled another up for over $300. I think he may be hooked, and I’ll bet dollars to donuts he’ll be using this wager to build a bankroll along the way. I would suggest giving it a try. It doesn’t have to be $50 or a $100, it can be a $10 or $20 start-up wager. Just carry it over to your next big race you like, and shoot for at least a $3 payoff. The most important rule is to pick a fixed number of races, and stick to it. I like using four races, and stick to it. I think you’ll have a good time rolling up some good dough.

7 Responses to “The New P-4”

  1. cal says:

    I agree this can “get you Back” I know of a guy on the Maryland circuit that makes a good living just using the place pool parley method thanks for reminding me

  2. Ed says:

    Good luck, Cal…

    This should be a really big week to be a racing fan !


  3. Chris, From Fl says:

    Thanks I will try it out. will go with Fav thou. if lost on first race I am out. but I will try it. went with GB# Lingfield race 5 WIN & Place the 4 for $25 each. give me luck.

  4. Chris, From Fl says:

    Well I have lost with the Fav. this didn’t work out for me. maybe someone else might do better. that it for me today.

  5. Ed says:


    Don’t give up on this ! – Give it another try, and see if you can grab any gold.

    Best of luck !


  6. Chris, From Fl says:

    Ed, I will try it tomorrow will do $25 win and place on the fav


  7. Ed says:


    Good to hear… Remember, it doesn’t take a win wager. You can get this done with a place wager at your amount of wagering. – The favorite doesn’t have to happen, and you can bet any odds you wish. Just shoot for a minimum of $3..

    Good luck !!


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