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(Also, PARLAY) A multiple bet. A kind of 'let-it-ride'
bet. Making simultaneous selections on two or more
races with the intent of pressing the winnings of
the first win on the bet of the following race selected,
and so on. All the selections made must win for
you to win the accumulator.
ACROSS THE BOARD
A bet on a horse to win, place and show. Three wagers
combined in one. If the horse wins, the player wins
all three wagers, if second, two, and if third,
A person authorized to act on the behalf of a jockey
or owner. Generally refers to a jockey's agent who
lines up rides for him or her and is paid a commission
from the jockey's gross salary (25% in the US).
A race other than claiming for which the racing
secretary drafts certain conditions to determine
A horse officially entered, but not permitted to
start unless the field is reduced by scratches to
a specified number.
A horse that finishes out of the money.
(a.k.a. FUTURES) Bets placed in advance predicting
the outcome of a future event. Ante post prices
are those on major sporting events, usually prior
to the day of the event itself. In return for the
chance of better odds, bettors risk the fact that
stakes are not returned if their selection pulls
out or is cancelled.
Rider who has not ridden a certain number of winners
within a specified period of time. Also known as
a bug boy.
Weight concession to an apprentice rider, usually
10 pounds until the fifth winner, seven pounds until
the 35th winner and five pounds for one calendar
year from the 35th winner.
All weather track.
A race for two-year-olds.
Straight of far side of track between the turns.
Color of horse varying from yellowish tan (light
bay) to brown or dark, rich shade of mahogany (sometimes
listed as dark bay or brown) with black points-
black mane, tail, shadings of black low on the legs
and a black muzzle.
In harness racing, the last lap of a race, signified
by the ringing of the bell.
Someone who places or has a bet. A 'Punter' in the
BEYER SPEED RATING
A measure of performance popularized by Andy Beyer
of The Washington Post.
Bar in horse's mouth by which it is guided and controlled.
Body, head muzzle, flanks and legs are covered with
uniform black hair.
Horses finishing so closely together they could
be covered by a blanket; difficult to determine
the order of finish.
White patch on face of a horse starting at the forehead
going down between the nostrils.
Device to limit a horse's vision to prevent it from
swerving at objects or other horses on either side.
A short, final workout, usually a day or two before
a race, designed to sharpen a horse's speed.
Short for Totalisator Board on which odds, betting
pools and other information are displayed.
A bad step away from the starting gate, usually
caused by the track breaking away under a horse's
hoof and causing him to duck his head or nearly
go to his knees.
Sudden veering from a straight course.
A wagering term denoting a combination bet whereby
all possible numeric combinations are covered.
To be trapped between and behind other horses.
Thoroughbred racing's year-end championship. Known
as Breeders' Cup Day, it consists of eight races
conducted at a different racetrack each year with
purses and awards totaling $13 million. First run
Working a horse at a moderate speed; less effort
When a horse suffers a serious injury; lameness.
Someone who makes large show bets on short-priced
Female thoroughbred used for breeding.
Sometimes difficult to separate from black or dark
bay. This color can usually be distinguished by
noting finer tan or brown hairs on the muzzles or
See APPRENTICE. The mark (*) placed next to the
apprentice riders' names in the program resembles
a squashed bug so they came to be called bug riders.
The best workout time for a particular distance
on a given day at a track.
Trade name for phenylbutazone, a commonly used analgesic
Running position of horses in a race at various
A horse is a cast when he lies down in the stall
in such a way that he is too close to the wall,
and there is a danger that he may not be able to
get up by himself without injury.
Projection on the bottom of a shoe to give the horse
better traction, especially on a wet track.
The wagering favorite in a race. Dates from the
days when on-track bookmakers would write current
odds on a chalkboard.
Bettor who wagers on favorites.
A statistical "picture" of a race (from
which past performances are compiled), which shows
the position and margin of each horse at designated
points of call (depending on distance of the race),
age, weight carried, owner, trainer, purse, conditions,
pay-off prices, odds, time, and other data.
A horse pulled up by his jockey for an instant because
he is shut off or in tight quarters.
Varies from light yellow to dark liver color. A
chestnut never has black points, mane or tail.
Extension from the backstretch or homestretch to
permit a straightaway run for the start
Race in which horses are entered and subject to
claim (buy) for a specified price.
Race of traditional importance. In the U.S. specifically
the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont stakes, and
Coaching Club American Oaks (a.k.a. Kentucky Oaks)
One who times workouts and races.
Generally, the turn closest to the grandstand.
Racing silks - jacket and cap - worn by riders to
denote the owner(s) of horse.
Entire male horse, 4 years old and under.
An event with conditions limiting it to a certain
class of horse, such as: fillies, 3-year-olds, non-winners
of two races other than maiden or claiming, etc.
A horse's build and general physical structure;
the way he is put together.
Two or more horses running as an entry in a single
betting unit will have the same number (ex. 1 &
1a or 2 & 2a).
Trophy awarded to owners of winners. Also, a distance
race of a mile and a half or more.
A track surface which breaks away under a horse's
Type of wager calling for the selection of winners
of two consecutive races, Usually, the first and
Mother of a thoroughbred.
Two or more horses finishing in an exact tie at
A horse withdrawn from a stake in advance of scratch
time. In Europe, a horse confirmed to start in a
A stakes event for three-year-olds.
Change of order of finish by officials for an infraction
of the rules.
A race for fillies, mares, or both.
Well beaten, finishing a great distance behind the
Strong urging by rider.
A horse meeting a lower class of rivals than he
had been running against.
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