- One-eighth of a mile or 220 yards or 660 feet (approx. 200 meters).
- (Also, Ante Post) Bets placed in advance predicting the outcome of a future
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- Harness horses are divided into two distinct groups, pacers or trotters, depending
on their gait when racing. The gait is the manner in that a horse moves its
legs when running. The pacer is a horse with a lateral gait, whereas a trotter
or square-gaiter has a diagonal gait.
Jockey - Amateur rider,
generally in steeplechases.
- Established in 1973 to classify select stakes races in North America, at the
request of European racing authorities, who had set up group races two years
earlier. Always denoted with Roman numerals I, II, or III. Capitalized when
used in race title (the Grade I Kentucky Derby). See 'Group Race' below.
- Winning for the first time.
- An elite group of races. Established in 1971 by racing organizations in Britain,
France, Germany and Italy to classify select stakes races outside North America.
Collectively called 'Pattern Races'. Equivalent to North American graded races.
Always denoted with Arabic numerals 1, 2, or 3. Capitalized when used in race
title (the Group 1 Epsom Derby).
- The official who decides the weights to be carried in handicap events, and
the grading of horses and greyhounds.
- A margin between horses. One horse leading another by the length of its head.
- The final turn a horse must travel around before entering the home straight
in the run to the finish line.
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- When reference is made to sex, a 'horse' is an ungelded male five-years-old
- A horse holding the same position, unable to make up distance on the winner.