Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A system of betting in which the bettor, in order to win, must pick the first two finishers of a race, but not necessarily in the correct sequence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of bet in which the bettor predicts the first two finishers in a race, without concern for the order of finishing.
  • v. To have two team members, horses, etc., finish first and second in the same event.

Etymologies

American Spanish quiniela, diminutive of Spanish quina, keno, from French quine; see keno.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From American Spanish quinielaĀ ("sporting bet or pool"); US from 1942. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The quinella is a wager where you bet on two dogs to come in first or second in either order.

    It's a Dog's Life | Manolith

  • Nor would anyone but an alien be surprised to hear America's favorite talk show host might one day embark on the marital quinella.

    Michael Conniff: Con Games: Rush Limbaugh Is So Gay

  • Elisabeth, I've just read a passage in "Truth" where the protagonist receives to major pieces of information from a colleague, the sort of thing one might call a one-two punch, Except Temple has Villani call it a quinella.

    Crime-fiction team-ups

  • However, by far the most common bet in dog racing is the quinella.

    It's a Dog's Life | Manolith

  • The quinella protects against a top dog getting tripped up near the finish line and finishing second instead of first.

    It's a Dog's Life | Manolith

  • Several guys on the Winter payroll would purchase large quantities of perfecta, exacta, trifecta, or quinella tickets on the fixed races.

    The Mob and Me

  • All of this goes into what's known as a parimutual pool and divided by how the bets have been made by betting stratagems of win, place, show, exacta, quinella, trifecta, etc., etc.

    A little math help

  • The difference being the intangible of perception, commitment and momentum, as well as the quasi-tangible of future cashflows that can be generated thru the quinella of domain traffic + adsense.

    $50K for Kiko.com vs $2.86M for Wiki.com

  • What the hell is an exacta, a quinella, a double-super-exacta-quenella in a box, or whatever?

    Across the Board

  • The last time for a quinella was 1926 when MelbourneFC who I go for won 1-2 in brownlow (and MFC went on and won Premiership)

    Ben Cousins wins the Brownlow

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