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The world of horse racing requires a little know-how. You will certainly hear obscure terms and words thrown about on the track and you don’t want to respond to them with a blank expression. Horse racing has been around for decades so the track lingo is diverse and complex. There are a lot of definitions to take in.
You need to able to talk the talk to walk the winning walk.
Bet o’clock have put together a glossary of the most used racing slang to help you fit in on the track. There will be no more cryptic conversations once you have taken in these key words.
We’re just helping you to gain the vocabulary of a betting pro.
Blanket finished: As explained in our betting tips article, this term is used when a race is so close that a blanket could be thrown over all the competitors
Bloodstock agent: You will hear this term mentioned around owners. A bloodstock agent typically advises trainers and owners on new thoroughbreds to buy, they may even purchase them on their behalf.
Bobble: Slang for a faulty start to a race in which the horse bursts out of the gate and falters, sometimes buckling at the knee
Colt: Male horse under 5
Derby: Type of stakes race which is reserved to 3 year olds. Most notable example? The Kentucky Derby which is globally renown.
Exotic Bet: Any bet which involves several horses
Exacta: Exotic Bet on 2 horses finishing first and second in a specific order
Flat race: You’ve guessed it, a race on a flat surface. Due to the lack of obstacles, this is carried out at a gallop. This is probably the most common for stakes races
Handicap: A classification of horses according to weight. In most races, they will only compete against animals of the same weight as them.
Harness racing: Type of racing where the jockey rides in a chariot or sulky behind the horse.
Hit the board: Featuring on the winner’s board by finishing in the top four places.
Jumper: Popular word for hurdle or steeplechase horse
Maiden race: A race which is usually for the type of horses who have never won before. In general they are younger, but they may just be older horses who are yet to achieve their prime.
Morning Glory: In the context of racing, this word is used to describe a horse who performs well in the morning practice but fails to replicate this performance during the main race.
Oaks: This is the female or Filly equivalent of a Derby.
Photo Finnish: A win so close that a finish line camera is necessary to make the final judgement
Place: Type of straight bet involving a wager on a horse to finish either first or second
Rank: A difficult horse which a jockey might find hard to handle.
Router: Slang for a horse who performs well at distance races
Silks: Jacket and caps worn by jockeys which usually bear the emblem of the trainer
Stakes Race: Race in which at least part of the prize money is made up of fees paid by the owners to enter the competition. Graded stakes race are the most notable, to qualify as a grade 1 stakes a competition must be more than 2 years old and have a purse of over $1 million.
Stick: Whip used by the jockey
Steeple chase: Type of race in which the horse must jump over hurdles.
Superfecta: Exotic bet involving 4 horses finishing first, second, third and fourth, in a specific order
Turf Course: Grass course
Trifecta: Exotic bet involving 3 horses finishing first, second and third in a specific order
Wire to wire: Leading a race from start to finish
Washy: Post race nervous sweat on the horse’s part
Win: Type of straight bet involving a wager on the horse who will finish first