If two or more horses can’t be separated, the race is declared a dead heat. This means everything is shared between those involved in the draw. From the jockeys and trainers to people making bets, dead heat rules ensure no one loses out unfairly.
The best way to think about your odds with regards to a dead heat in horse racing is that they’ll be divided by the number of runners involved in the draw. If it’s two, your odds are halved. If it’s a triple dead heat, you’ll get 1/3 odds.
In special circumstances, you may be able to bet on a dead heat in horse racing. However, because the draws are uncommon, it’s not a type of bet you can make as a standard. You may, however, be able to request this type of bet.
If you’ve made an each-way accumulator bet, the dead heat bets count in full. In other words, if your pick is part of an accumulator and finishes in a dead heat, that part of the bet is declared a win and, therefore, the whole bet remains live.
There aren’t any concrete statistics on how often dead heats happen in horse racing. However, there have been plenty of famous results over the years. Back in 1801, Worthy and Sorcerer crossed the line at the same time in the King’s Plate at Newmarket. Worthy subsequently won the rematch. In modern times, the 2011 Irish St. Ledger ended in a draw when Duncan and Jukebox Jury crossed the line at the same time.
In some instances, there may be exceptions to the dead heat rule. Although these typically occur in unsanctioned/smaller events, it may be the case that dead heat finishers are asked to re-run the race in order to determine an outright winner.
No. All licenced bookmakers follow standard rules with regards to dead heats. Indeed, these industry standards are well-known and established, which means bookmakers aren’t able to use draws to take advantage of consumers.