New to horse racing? Not sure how to bet?
If you’ve got a favourite colour, number or letter of the alphabet you’re 99% ready to enjoy the excitement of betting on the horses.
Visit the various areas of the Learning Centre to learn the basics about horseracing and betting on the horses. The sections include:
- Race Programs – This section teaches you about the key pieces of information that can be found in the Race Program. Once you know how to read a program, you’re well on your way! Click here to learn more
- How To Bet – Once you can read a Race Program, why not take that knowledge and make it work for you! The How To Bet section teaches you about betting, from simple win bets to more complex bets.You’ll also learn about odds and how they impact how much money you’ll pocket if your bet is a winner! Click here to learn more
- Racing Glossary – An A-Z listing of horseracing terms. Knowing the lingo will help you to enjoy your racing experience even more. Click here to learn more
General Questions About Host Track Rules and Regulations
What is common pool wagering and how does
it benefit me?
Why are some of my payoffs a nickel higher than what is displayed on the video screens?
pool wagering allows money wagered in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region> on a foreign track to
commingle or merge with money from the foreign host. As a result, the pools are
much larger and therefore the payoffs could potentially be much larger as well.
Why are some pari-mutuel rules different from one track to another?
"Host rules apply". This means that when betting into foreign
pools, we must abide by each country's rules and regulations. These will vary
from country to country and may be different from what we use in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region>.
Where can I find the host track’s rules and regulations?
Links to the host track’s rules and regulations can be found at
www.WoodbineEntertainment.com. For those of you who do not have internet
access, please see a customer service representative to address specific
I’ve heard about a teller cancel delay. What is it?
The purpose of the "teller cancel delay" is to allow tellers to
cancel mis-issued bets but has the effect of delaying the transmission of final
pari-mutuel pools, which in turn delays the posting of final odds. Should a
significant cancellation occur, payouts on winning bets may be affected. CPMA
rules do not allow teller cancel delays in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region>.
Am I paid in the currency of the foreign host?
No, you can continue to wager in Canadian dollars and you will be paid in
Why do you not display the Canadian odds channel on foreign tracks?
Since WEG plans to use the same takeout rates as the foreign track for the
display pools (Win, Exactor, Double, Quinella), we can use the odds and
probables reflected on their live video. Should WEG use a different rate on
other pools (e.g. Triactors, Superfectas), a separate price channel will be
Why might payoffs on some pools differ from that of the host?
Since some foreign tracks have extraordinarily low takeout rates on some
pools (e.g. Triactors, Superfectas) that do not accommodate the high mandatory
deductions in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region>,
WEG will use a minimum of 25% for the total takeout on these pools. This is a
very common rate that is used by other foreign tracks.
Can I participate in the guaranteed payoff wagers offered at foreign tracks?
Absolutely. If a track offers a guarantee on one of their pools that we
offer, that guarantee also applies to Canadian customers.
In other jurisdictions., dollar prices are
rounded to a dime whereas in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region>,
those prices are rounded to a nickel. Canadian customers benefit from rounding
to a nickel.
Am I required to pay <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region>
tax withholding while wagering on a <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> track?
No. Fortunately, the U.S. Internal Revenue Services’ 30% withholding tax on
winning wagers was repealed for Canadian citizens and therefore you will not be
subject to such tax.
Why can’t I bet specific bet minimums on all foreign common pool tracks?
WEG will make every effort to maintain the usual bet minimums, but it is
ultimately a host track’s decision. Some foreign tracks and or regulators
insist that Canadian minimums be higher, specifically on carryover pools such
as the Pick 6, because the Canadian dollar is lower than the foreign host
currency. Bet minimums that differ from our usual Canadian minimums will be
noted in the program.
Net Pricing Calculations Questions
Will changing to Net Pool Pricing affect the way prices are calculated?
Yes, the algorithm used to calculate the prices is different under Net Pool Pricing. You should see little to no changes in prices under single priced pools such as Win, Ex,& Tri. Long shots tend to pay a little more and favourites tend to pay a little less in multi-priced pools such as Place and Show. However, amount paid out to the public is relatively the same.
Why can't I hand calculate the prices from the pool values on the tote board?
Since Net Pool Pricing uses a complex algorithm to calculate the prices there are many other variables that affect the calculation of the price which are not displayed on the tote board.
Why do some jurisdictions display different prices than the host track?
If a jurisdiction chooses to or is required to use different takeout rates and or breakage, prices at that jurisdiction will vary from the host. Jurisdictions using a higher takeout rate, will be displaying lower prices than the host.
Is Net Pool Pricing more susceptible to minus pools?
Due to the nature of the algorithm used in Net Pool Pricing on a split pool such as Place or Show, a heavy favourite will not drive the value down on the remaining runners as much as it does using the standard pricing method. This may result in the favourite paying $2.10 and the other horses paying more which is more favourable to the betting public. The negative break is then attributed to the wager and that association who bet down the favourite.
How can pools from two different currencies be merged together?
Net Pool Pricing allows for pools in different currencies to be merged together by applying a daily exchange rate before the foreign currency enters the pools and again to the prices before being paid to the public.
If the commission takeout in one jurisdiction is 20% and in another it is 25%, why are the
prices not different by 5%?
The host track calculates a network wide base price, which is sent to all jurisdictions. From there, each
jurisdiction applies their net factor (1-commission takeout %) to that base price and then their breakage rule before the customer price is determined.