Racing Glossary

Racing Glossary

 

Age

  • of a horse, regardless of date of birth, is reckoned from

1 August each year   (S Hemisphere)

1 January each year (N Hemisphere)

 

All Clear

  • A signal that all jockeys have weighed in correctly after the race and no objection has been lodged and payout can commence

 

Barrier

  • A set of gates which is used to keep horses in line before the start of a race. Each horse has a barrier allocated in the barrier draw for race

 

Blinkers

  • Used to limit a horses vision to prevent the horse from re-acting to incidents during a race and to generally improve concentration

 

Bled

  • of a horse, when blood appears at nostrils unusually after exertion

 

Colt

  • An entire male horse under four years of age

 

Dam

  • The mother of a horse

 

Dead Heat

-     When two or more horses tie for any placing

 

Farrier

  • a person who tends to the feet of horses

 

Filly

  • a female horse under four years of age

 

Going

  • state of the track from Good to Heavy (wet)

 

Handicap

  • A race in which the weights to be carried by the horses entered are adjusted by the Handicapper for the purpose of equalizing their chances of winning.

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