HORSE RACING GUIDES

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Age
All horses share the same birthday on January first. The horses become one year old on the first of January after their birth, and turn two, one year later – regardless of the actual date
of their birth.

Break
When a horse instead, gallops of parcing or trotting, it’s on a break. The Jockey must get the animal out of the way of the others, must not improve his position, and must attempt to get the horse back on its proper gait. A horse is not automatically disqualified by making a break.

Colt
Male horse, age three or under.

Daily Double
Kind of wager calling for the selection, on a consecutive races, of two winners, generally the 1st and 2nd .

Derby
A stakes event for three-years-olds.

Entry
When a horse entered in a race is called an entry.

Exacta
Wager that picks the first two finishers in a race in the exact order of finish.

Exotic
Any wager other than win, place or show.

Gelding
Castrated animal.

Green horse
Horse that has raced only a few times or has not raced.

Handicap
Race for which a handicapper assigns weights to be carried. Also, to handicap a race, to make selections on the basis
of the past performances.

Horse
Male horse, age four and up.

Judge
Official who declares the placing for each race.

Maiden
Horse (male or female) who has never won a racing purse.

Matinee
Program of racing conducted during the daylight hours.

Nose
The smallest advantage a horse can win by.

Odds
Is the sportsbook’s view of the chance of a competitor to win.

Purse
Amount of prize money distributed to the owners of the first five or six finishers in a race.

Scratch
A horse who is withdrawn before the race starts.

Sire
Male parent of a horse.

Sprint
Race that is run over five-sixteenths of a mile, or a shorter distance.

Trainer
Man responsible for keeping a race contestant in top racing condition.

Value
Getting the best odds on a bet.

Warming Up
Gallope a horse on the way to post, do the warming up.