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From American Spanish quiniela (sporting bet or pool); US from 1942.


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  • Rhymes: -ɛlə


quinella (plural quinellas)

  1. (gambling, horse racing) A form of bet in which the bettor predicts the first two finishers in a race, without concern for the order of finishing.
    • 1954, Michigan Department of State Compilation Commission, 1954 Michigan Administrative Code, page 38,
      All tickets on the quinella will be calculated in an entirely separate pool.
    • 1989, Charles S. Romanelli, How to Make Money in One Day at the Track, page 166,
      A few tracks offer exactas and quinallas on the same races.
    • 2004, Jim Kilby, Jim Fox, Anthony F. Lucas, Casino Operations Management, page 355,
      The track quinella paid $38.00 for a $2 wager, the track exacta paid $70.60 for a $2 wager.

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quinella (third-person singular simple present quinellas, present participle quinellaing, simple past and past participle quinellaed)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand) To have two team members, horses, etc., finish first and second in the same event.
    • 2003, John O′Hara, Big River Racing: A History of the Clarence River Jockey Club 1861-2001, page 35,
      Smith provided the winner of twenty-one Mares Produce Stakes and quinellaed the event nine times.
    • 2008, John Ellicott, Waterhouse and Smith: The Rise to Power of Two Racing, page 273,
      Gai quinellaed the Doncaster in 1997 with Secret Savings and All Our Mob.
    • 2009, Eric O'Keefe, The Cup, page 72,
      Not only did he win his first Cup with the 30/1 chance Tawriffic, but in the finest Cummings′ tradition he quinellaed the race with Super Impose.