Word Origin & History
form of betting in which the bettor picks the first and second horses in a given race, 1942, Amer.Eng., from Amer.Sp. quiniela, originally a ball game with five players, from L. quini "five each," from quinque "five." The sense evolution in Sp. was from the game to a wager on the scores of the players,
hence "any wager against the house."