Summer Nights at Mohawk Racetrack.

My first visit to Mohawk Racetrack was to participate in the Pepsi North American Cup event. I did not know what to expect on my first visit to Mohawk. I was in awe of all the sights and sounds that I never even had the chance to place a bet on any of the races taking place that day. Prior to my 2nd visit to Mohawk, I began to do some online research and visited the Mohawk website to learn more about the horse racing. I used the website & friends to get some simple tips on how to place a bet. I simply began placing bets based on how a name appealed to me. It's not what an experienced person would do but I was hoping beginners luck would kick in and it was simple! I placed the minimum "basic" bet of $2 for a horse just to "WIN" the race. That means the horse has to finish first. I progressed to another $2 bet for a horse to "PLACE" which means the horse must finish first or second.

How to call your bet at the teller.

On the night that I visited Mohawk there were 12 races taking place that day. I made basic bets throughout the first few races by going to the teller/kiosk and placing my bets. My friend Graham who knew much more than me on betting horses recommended I place more "fancier" bets. I'm sure you've heard Exactor and Triactor and Pick 4 terms before-I was still learning all these types of bets. I decided to "fancy up" with an Exactor Box Bet.

Exactor is a bet in which the two horses I pick finish in exact order of 1st and 2nd place. Boxing this bet allows me not to worry about the order the horses place. The 2 horses don't have to WIN in exact order so long as they still place first or second. This gives more flexibility to your bet. I personally think this is the best way to start and progress. Once you get the hang of it you can expand your betting style to include Triactor and Pick 4. These are some of the bets I will learn to do on my next visit to Mohawk for Metro Pace on Sunday September 5th.

Self-Serve Wagering Kiosk at Mohawk Racetrack
Mohawk had given me an HPI Card which you can reload with any amount/value you like. This card system allows you to place bets via a Self -Serve Wagering touchscreen kiosk located throughout Mohawk Racetrack. It also allows you to place bets at other tracks around the world. I am told you can also place bets from your smartphone if you install the mobile App. The kiosk is quick and lines are usually shorter than the regular teller. On first try it takes a little getting use to but very simple once you place a couple of bets.

22" inch televisions at each table in the Terrace Dining Room at Mohawk Racetrack.
One of the nice features of Mohawk Racetrack is the Terrace Dining Room. This area overlooks the track and you can enjoy dining and betting with 22" tv monitors at each table. On Fridays they have All You Can Eat Italian Buffet. Yummy!

Saturday Buffet spread at the Terrace Dining Room.

The Mohawk Racetrack is open 5 days a week. Parking and admission are always free. Mohawk also has a daily food and drink offer.

Monday- Half Price Wings & Pint offer.

Tuesday- Burger and Brew offer.

Thursday- Steak and Stella beer.

Friday- All You Can Eat Italian Buffet where Kids Eat Free.

Saturday- Live music on the Corona Patio Deck.

If you're looking to do something new and different with a bunch of friends, I highly recommend visiting Mohawk Racetrack for a fun day of excitement!

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Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Mohawk Racetrack, however, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.