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One-quarter of a mile; 440 yards; 1,320 feet.
Breed of horse especially fast for a quarter of
a mile, from which its name is derived.
Wager in which first two finishers must be picked,
but payoff is made in either order of finish.
Riders' racing equipment, also applied to stable
gear worn by a horse.
TAKE (or TAKEOUT)
Commission deducted from mutual pools which s shared
by the track and local and state governing bodies
in the form of tax.
A horse pulled up sharply by his rider because of
being in close quarters.
A letter and a group of numerals applied to the
underside of the upper lip of each registered thoroughbred.
A thoroughbred is a horse whose parentage traces
back to any of the three 'Founding Sires' (the Darley
Arabian, Byerly Turk and Godolphin Barb), and that
has satisfied the rules and requirements of The
Jockey Club and is registered in 'The American Stud
Book' or in a foreign stud book recognized by The
Jockey Club and the International Stud Book Committee.
Any other horse, no matter what its parentage, is
not considered a thoroughbred for racing and/or
The betting slip or ticket that is received by the
bettor from the bookmaker or totalisator, as proof
of his or her wager. The ticket is necessary to
collect the dividends.
Strap or tape bandage used to tie down a horse's
tongue to prevent it from choking in a race or workout.
Highest weight assigned or carried in a race.
Machine that sells and records betting tickets and
shows odds. Also figures out and displays payoff
One who gives tips on racehorses, usually attaining
some personal reward in return; to give tips.
Fastest time at various distances recorded at a
TRIFECTA (or TRIPLE)
A wager picking the first three finishers of one
race in exact order.
In the United States, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness
Stakes and Belmont Stakes. In England the 2,000
Guineas, Epsom Derby and St. Leger. In Canada, the
Queen's Plate, Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders'
Racecourse on the grass.
A protrusion on the bottom of a horseshoe added
to give traction.
A device usually consisting of a stick with a loop
of rope at one end, which is placed around a horse's
nose and upper lip and twisted to curb fractiousness.
Cloth under the saddle on which number (and sometimes
horse's name) denoting post position is displayed.
To be taken out of a race.
Sesamoid bones are located at the back of the fetlock,
the joint formed by the pastern bone and the cannon
Usually a lamb's wool rolls half way up the horse's
face to keep him from seeing his own shadow.
Rope or strap attached to a halter or bridle by
which a horse is led.
Stable area; a row of barns.
Third position at the finish.
Cut off, unable to improve position due to another
horse suddenly blocking the path.
SILKS (or COLORS)
Jacket and cap worn by riders which designates the
owners of the horse, designed and picked out personally
by each owner.
Televising a race, live to other tracks, OTB offices
or other outlets for the purpose of wagering.
A straight bet on one horse to win, place or show
one race or event, also known as a straight-up bet.
Father of a horse.
Three-quarter of a mile; 1,320 yards, 3,960 feet.
One-sixteenth of a mile; 110 yards, 330 feet.
Condition of footing. Wet on surface with firm bottom.
Footing that is not fast, wet on the surface and
base of the track, between good and heavy.
Insiders' bets or the insiders themselves.
Short race, less than one mile.
A race (usually a feature race) for which the owner
must pay up a fee to run a horse. The fees can be
for nominating, maintaining eligibility, entering
and starting, to which the track adds more money
to make up the total purse. Some stakes races are
by invitation and require no payment or fee.
One capable of competing in such events.
Entire male horse.
The person responsible for starting a race, releasing
the gates once all horses and riders are in and
An allowance or handicap race restricted to horses
that have started for a specific claiming price
A horse moving up in class to compete against better
Top officials of the meeting responsible for enforcing
A jumping race over high obstacles.
A jockey's whip.
When a horse has white legs below the knees.
Final straight portion of the racetrack to the finish.
The call of the position of horses at the eighth
pole, usually about halfway down the stretch.
Horse that finishes fast.
Male horse used for breeding.
Registry and genealogical record of the breeding
of thoroughbreds maintained by The Jockey Club.
A baby horse that is still nursing.
A bet placed on four horses to cross the finish
line in exact chosen order.
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