A paired entry is a bet option that includes two horses. For example, if a trainer has two horses that he wants to participate in a horse race, some state laws require that two horses be considered as a single entry. In most cases, the program numbers of 1 and 1A are given to the bet option and when the bettor places his bet or uses it in an exotic bet, he is simply called “1”.
Of course, at first glance, it seems that this is a golden opportunity to make a profit. Anyone who supports 1 gets two horses for the price of one. If one of the two horses wins, you get the share of the winners. The same goes for the venue or show. In fact, if 1 is the first and 1A is the second, the people who supported that coupled entry will divide the whole group of places among them.
Occasionally there will be two similar wagering interests in a race and then the second is usually referred to as 2 and 2A. In the case of a three-horse entrance it is 2, 2A and 2B. Although all these horses can be entered in the race, it is not unusual for a coach to scratch one or more of them. After all, although one of them can win the race, the money from the bag will only go to that horse. If you have two good horses that are able to win, it makes more sense to put them in separate races where they won’t compete with each other.
There are cases, however, in which one of the horses has not entered to win the race but is simply a “rabbit”, that is to say a horse that will establish the torrid initial rhythm in the hope of tiring the other front runners, so he is the companion entry, a horse that comes out of the rhythm or behind to win, take advantage of their first efforts and win the race. A look at each horse and his running style can show what the trainer has in mind.
The biggest disadvantage of betting on rumors is that they are often over but from the public that draws the obvious conclusion that they are getting two chances for the price of one. One way to avoid it is to look at the horses and ask yourself if you would still want to take those odds and consider it a good bet if the best of the two horses was the only one in the race. If you can make a good cause for that horse and think the odds are right, then you may have found a good bet, but if not, it might be better to pass the race or try to find a good bet among the other contenders.