Guide to Race Terms; It Pays to Be Up with the Jargon

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Guide to Race Terms; It Pays to Be Up with the Jargon


BETTING RING: The group of bookmakers taking bets on the race day on the course. The most senior bookmakers are called rails bookmakers.

BOG TRACK: If the turf is extremely wet, it is described as bog track. In Australia, track conditions are listed as fast (close to perfect), good, dead, slow and heavy (very wet).

BOOKMAKER: The bookmaker (or bookie) is the person who sets the odds for a race and takes the bets on it.

CRACK: In horse circles, crack means the very best. It can be the horse or the jockey.

DEAD HEAT: The term dead heat is used when two horses cross the finish line together.

DIVIDENDS: The amount that you collect for your bet.

MAIDEN: A race restricted to horses that have not yet won a race.

ODDS: The bookmaker sets the odds or probability of a horse winning the race. As the amount of money bet on a horse increases, the odds are reduced as the horse's chances to win seem to increase.

SHIFT OUT: A horse that shifts out moves away from the fence to a firmer, faster part of the track or to get a clear run. …

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