Win, Place and Show

Win, Place and Show

Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company - 1966
3-6 Players


Win, Place & Show is a game of horse racing. The players take the part of owners, jockeys and gamblers and attempt to make the most money over a series of six races.

At the start of each race the players bid on the horses in the race to see which horse will represent them. The horses each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Some will be good early in the race but fade at the end while others are weak starters but good finishers.

After the horses are selected the players can place bets on the outcome of the race. Bets can be placed on horses to win, place or show (come in first, second or third). Players can also place daily double bets in which they bet on the outcome of two races. The odds are higher but so are the payoffs.

Once the players have made any bets they maneuver their horses through the race. How well a horse does in the race depends on the skill of the jockey as well as the ability of the horse and a little bit of luck. There are rules in place to catch players who deliberately throw the race in order to improve their chances of winning their bets.

There are a total of six races in the day at the tracks. The player who has the most money after all six races are completed is the winner.


What makes this game interesting is that it is really two games in one. There is the horse race itself in which the players are attempting to win the race with their horses. Then, there is the gambling game in which the players are placing bets on the outcome of the race. What makes things really interesting is that what the players do in the race part of the game affects the bets they have made. The game has an extensive set of rules for determining if a player is deliberately trying to throw the race in order to influence the results of their bets. Detecting such "cheating" adds an entire other layer to the game.

The quality of the components of this game are not quite up to the level of the other 3M Sports Games (plastic two-dimensional horses) and the graphics for the board are rather plain (but still functional). The realism level also seems to be somewhat lower than the other games. Still, it remains quite fun to play.

13 comments on Win, Place and Show:

morne at October 2, 2012 06:52 said:
hi i just like to know how i can get hold of this game win,place,show in south africa.
Baron McCausland at July 11, 2012 15:57 said:
ANOTHER GREAT GAME!!!! This is another favorite around the gaming table! Has the 'Racing Aspect' of SPEED CIRCUIT, and the 'Greed Aspect' of any of the $$$ games.

Totally under-rated game in my opinion - I love this game!
c rice at November 27, 2011 20:18 said:
I have a 1966 game in good condition and i want to know how much is it worth? Vintage 1966 WIN PLACE & SHOW 3M Sports Horse Race Game leave a message if interesting in buying.
molly at October 12, 2011 18:56 said:
i have a 1966 game in great condition and i want to know how much is it wroth? Vintage 1966 WIN PLACE & SHOW 3M Sports Horse Race Game leave a message: please tell how much it is wroth?
P gilbert at June 11, 2011 18:10 said:
I have this game, all the pieces are new, the board/cover has a ding on the top side of the box but the game board is perfect. $15 + $8 for shipping and it is yours
Kathie S. at June 11, 2011 13:56 said:
I have this game for sale. If anyone is interested, contact me!
t conner at June 6, 2010 15:18 said:
if anyone wants to sell this, let me know at
Rich at May 8, 2010 12:13 said:
Is this game still available? I had one back in late 70s. I am looking for another copy.
Dale at April 5, 2010 00:08 said:
Great game , loved playin it when i was a kid. still have it after all these yrs. had to make some of the horses myself outa cardboard though the legs broke off so but its still a fun game. All in the dice
natalie at May 7, 2009 08:52 said:
i loved this game when i was little i would play it every weekend with my family or just my friends it was so nice to see that it is still on the enternet
Joey at August 20, 2008 12:42 said:
I started a yahoo group for Win Place and Show. Lots and lots of new charts and updated rules.
Dennis, The Gamepiler at January 21, 2008 13:23 said:
Martha, you can find a copy of the rules in pdf format at
martha at January 20, 2008 20:30 said:
Anyone have a copy of the instructions for this Win, Place and Show (1966)?


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