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What are the Odds? The Betting Basics for Packwood Grand

There’s a lot more to A Day at the Races than champagne and fashion (though, we’re atingle with the anticipation of a flute of Veuve and The Packwood Grand Best Dressed Award). Whether this is your first year at Calgary’s most social summer affair or you’re a seasoned veteran, you’ll need to know the betting basics to take the day in properly!

The Lingo
Stakes: 
Your stake is how much you want to bet. The minimum for Packwood Grand is $1; there is no maximum.
Win: 
We said “basics,” okay? Your horse must finish 1st to be a win.Place: Your horse must finish 1st or 2nd.
Across the Board: Three equal bets to win, place and show on a single horse
Quick Picks: If you can’t decide, ask for a Quick Pick and a number will randomly be selected for you.
Long Odds: You might hear that a horse has long odds (e.g. 33-1, 50/1, or even 500/1). This generally means that a horse is very unlikely to win.
Short Odds: Short odds insinuates that a horse has a good chance of finishing first (e.g. 2/1, 4/1 or “evens”).

Exotic Bets
Extractor:
Try to pick the first two horses to cross the finish line. They must finish in the exact order you designate when purchasing your ticket.
Triactor: 

Try to pick the first three horses to cross the finish line in the exact order.
Pick-3, -4, -6, -7: Pick the winning horses in 3, 4, 6, or 7 consecutive races.
Boxing Feature Bets:When you “box a bet,” essentially you are giving you giving yourself every possible combination of the horses you select in a feature race. For instance, in a race where you bet Exactor, if you “box” horse #1 and horse #2, you will have a ticket with two bets: 1&2, and 2&1.
Quinella: Select two horses in one race to finish 1st and 2nd. The order your horses finish does not matter and long as they come in 1st or 2nd. A quinella wager is the only bet that is automatically boxed. 


The Oddity of Odds

Odds are determined by how much money is bet on each horse to win. The more money wagered on a horse, the more people in the “pool,” and the less the horse will pay. If a horse is listed at 10-1 on a $2 bet, you would receive approximately $22 should that horse win.

On a $2 bet, the following approximations apply:

1/2 pays $3
8/5 pays $5.20
2/1 pays $6
7/2 pays $9
10/1 pays $22 

Placing Your Bets at Packwood
There are 3 options for placing your wagers this Canada Day: Live Teller, AmTote, or Century Down’s mobile betting app,MBet.
Logging into MBet
First, you’ll need to purchase a voucher from the teller. Make sure you keep this voucher safe. You will need it later to claim your winnings. Next, log onto the MBet wifi from your smart phone. Open your browser and log ontowww.mbet.centurydowns.com. Now, just enter the account number and PIN found on your voucher and place your bets!
Using the Automated Teller (AmTote)
1) Insert bill or voucher
2) Select track
3) Select race
4) Select wager amount
5) Select bet type
6) Select horse by number
7) Check wager and click “make bet,” then “finish.”

The 2nd Annual Packwood Grand is just one week away! We’re excited to host you and your guests at this summer’s most anticipated event. For more information on Packwood Grand’s partners and offers, like and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It’s a social affair made to share.

See you July 1, Calgary.

Hats Off! A brief History of Derby

The colourful, wide-brimmed hat is a statement piece. Sailing around premiere derby events like The Packwood Grand atop the heads of well-heeled guests, this iconic accessory has made a name for itself that dates back to the late 1800s. Before its time, the racetrack left little to be desired. It was a place of vice, not fashion. Gambling and drinking went hand-in-hand lending itself to a dodgy crowd. It was no place for the socially affluent.  With the help of a few business people and the likes of Kentucky Derby founder Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., by the early 1900s horse racing events were a regal affair – a place to show off your wealth and affluence.

Colonel Clark, pictured here in the late 1800s, founded the Kentucky Derby in the US.


The colourful, wide-brimmed hat is a statement piece. Sailing around premiere derby events like The Packwood Grand atop the heads of well-heeled guests, this iconic accessory has made a name for itself that dates back to the late 1800s. Before its time, the racetrack left little to be desired. It was a place of vice, not fashion. Gambling and drinking went hand-in-hand lending itself to a dodgy crowd. It was no place for the socially affluent.  With the help of a few business people and the likes of Kentucky Derby founder Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., by the early 1900s horse racing events were a regal affair – a place to show off your wealth and affluence.


When the television became a mainstay in North American homes in the 1960s, the subtle and refined derby hat evolved to suit. Fashion and societal customs relaxed and the preponderance of television gave women an added incentive to stand out in the crowd. The over-the-top, bright - monumental even - derby hat was born.

Today we see an array of hats and fascinators from hand-crafted, wild concoctions to the classic, posh, well-brimmed (if you will) pieces. Fashion contests are a staple at derby events to establish a hierarchy among the various designs. This year, Calgary-based Stylista and The Packwood Grand will hold the second annual Style Stakes Fashion Awards, giving spectators the opportunity to win a personal shopping tour (and the tab's on us).


We’re so excited to announce that Cross Iron Mills will be the official fashion provider for The Packwood Grand 2015. Stay tuned to more tips and tricks from Stylista, The Packwood Grand, and Cross Iron Mills by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. See you July 1, Calgary! #ADayAtTheRaces

How to Dress for a Day at the Races

Calgary, we're not "up-and-coming" anymore. We're here; a renowned city with our own identity. We're the host to world class events, a culinary hub, a vibrant music scene... And not to mention our bon vivant, highly affluent, and multi-faceted crowd of a population. (We're also fun, vivacious, and incredibly humble... Mostly.)We're elated to bring The 2nd Annual Packwood Grand back to you, Calgary. It's an old fashioned day of exhilarating horse races, fine spirits and wine, delectable cuisine offerings prepared by executive chef Paul McGreevy, spirited live music by Jory Kinjo, and - the best part - brilliant fashion.But where do you start? Bow ties. Floppy brimmed hats. Fascinators. Pocket squares. Bright colours. Dressing for A Day At The Races is not an easy endeavour, but you've got this! And if you don't, here's a handy guide to dressing for The 2nd Annual Packwood Grand.

1. Suit up
Get dapper, gents. Dust off the ol' bow tie and show 'em what you've got

2. Go Big
You know what they say... The bigger, the better.

3. Brighten Up!
You're at the Packwood Grand. Outrageous outfits are not only allowed... They're encouraged.

4. Fascinated with Fascinators
Snag one from one of our partners... Or build your own!

5. Old Fashioned
We're a young city, but we're about to show you Old Fashioned.

6. Stay Classy Calgary
Two words: Spot on.

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