Information on Horse Races and Racehorses

Information and resources relating to racehorses, horse racing, thoroughbred racing, and harness racing.


  • Bloodline - The horse's pedigree.
  • Broodmare - A mare (female horse) used for breeding purposes.
  • Claiming Race - Race in which a horse may be purchased at the end of the race at a specified price.
  • Colt - Young (under five years old) male horse that has not been gelded.
  • Daily Double - When you pick the winner of two consecutive races.
  • Dam - The horse's mother.
  • Dead Heat - A tie at the end of a race.
  • Exacta - When you pick the first two winning horses in exact order in the same race.
  • Filly - Young (under five years old) horse that has not been bred.
  • Foal - A 'baby' horse, generally under one yer old.
  • Furlong - 1/8 or a mile.
  • Gelding - A horse that has been castrated.
  • Groom - A stable worker who takes care of a horse.
  • Hand - Four inches.
  • Handicap Race - Race in which the horses have been handicapped using weights based on their previous race performance.
  • Horse - Male horse over five years old that has not been gelded.
  • Jockey - Rider of racehorses in horseraces.
  • Longshot - Horse that is not very likely to win with high odds payoffs if it does.
  • Maiden Race - Race which involves horses that have never won.
  • Mare - Female horse that has been bred and/or is over five years old.
  • Place - When a horse comes in second place.
  • Post Time - The time that a race begins.
  • Purse - Total amount of prize money for a particular race.
  • Scratch - When a horse is taken out of a race before it begins.
  • Show - When a horse comes in third place.
  • Sire - Father of a horse.
  • Stallion - Male horse that has not been gelded.
  • Stakes Race - Race which involved combining the entry fees which the horse owners put up along with funds provided by the track from betting, which are awarded to the finishers in the race.
  • Stretch - The portions of a race track that are straight.
  • Thoroughbred - A horse that can be traced back to either Darley Arabian, Godolphin Arabian (also known as Goldophin Barb), or Byerly Turk (aslso known as Byerley Turk).
  • Trainer - Individuals who is hired by the race horse owner to train the horse.
  • Win - When a horse comes in first place.
  • Trifecta - When you pick the first three winning horses in exact order in the same race.
  • Yearling - One year old horse.
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    Racehorse Trivia

    Everyone has heard the expression "getting someone's goat". It means to bother or annoy someone. Where does it come from? In the past, a goat was kept in a stable with a racehorse in order to keep the horse company and to keep the horse from getting upset. An unscrupulous racehorse owner competitor would occasionally steal the goat to disturb the horse, thereby causing it to lose a race. Which brought about the saying "getting your goat", "getting his goat", or "getting their goat".


    Famous Quotations about Racehorses

    "Horse sense is the thing a horse has, which keeps it from betting on people." W. C. Fields

    "A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time." Marjorie Johnson

    "A dog may be man's best friend, but the horse wrote history." Anonymous

    "A gentlemanís word is like a touch of a whip to a racehorse." Chinese proverb.

    "To sentence a man of true genius to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill." Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832), English SportsWriter

    "A racehorse that consistently runs just a second faster than another horse is worth millions of dollars more. Be willing to give that extra effort that separates the winner from the one in second place." H. Jackson Brown Jr. Author

    "The world would not make a racehorse of a donkey." Irish Proverb

    "Some people show evil as a great racehorse shows breeding." Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) Author.

    "Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management." - George H. Morris. Author.



    My wife says, if I spend one more weekend at the race track, she'll leave me. Damn - I'll miss her!

    If horse-racing is the sport of Kings, how come there are no famous royal jockeys?

    One day, the Clerk of the Course spotted a trainer giving something to a horse just before the start of a race. He went over and said, "Doping?" The trainer said, "Indeed not, Sir. 'Tis just lump sugar. Look, I'll take a bit myself.....see?" The Clerk of the Course said, "Sorry, but we have to be careful. As a matter of fact, I like a bit of sugar myself." So the trainer gave him a piece. When the Clerk of the Course disappeared, the trainer gave his jockey his last minute instructions, "Don't forget the drill. Hold him in 'til the last four furlongs. Don't worry if anything passes you, it'll be me or the Clerk of the Course!"

    How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot. (British Cavalry joke)



    There are numerous books about horse racing, including the history, great race stories, handicapping, breeding and more. The following are just a few of the best selling books about horse races and race horses:

  • Betting on Horse Racing For Dummies (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies)) by Richard Eng
  • Picking Winners: A Horseplayer's Guide by Andrew Beyer
  • Betting Thoroughbreds: A Professional's Guide for the Horseplayer: Second Revised Edition by Steve Davidowitz
  • by John McEvoy
  • World Encyclopedia Of Horse Racing by George Ennor
  • At the Track: A Treasury of Horse Racing Stories by Richard Peyton
  • The Eagle & The Plum: The True Story of Racing's Toughest Horses by Gene McCormick
  • Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing by Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Women of the Year: Ten Fillies Who Achieved Horse Racing's Highest Honor by Jacqueline Duke
  • At the Wire: Horse Racing's Greatest Moments by Edward Bowen


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    In addition to the above, many states have their own organizations.


    Free Horse Race Handicapping Program


  • Runs with Microsoft Excel, any version, on either a PC or Mac. The program may run with other spreadsheets, such as Microsoft Works, Apple Works, etc. but was not designed for those spreadsheets.

  • For entertainment and amusement purposes only. No guarantees are expressed or implied.

  • The program is what is referred to as shareware.

    To view the program using Internet Explorer on a PC, click on the link and a dialog box will open saying 'Do you want to open or save this file?' Click open and it should automatically open in Microsoft Excel.
    To view the program using Firefox on a PC, right-click on the link, choose Save Link As, choose where you want to save it, click Save, then double Click on the file and it should automatically open in Microsoft Excel.
    To view it on a Mac with Safari or Firefox, hold down the Control key, click on the link, choose Save Link As, change the extension at the end of the file name to '.xls' and click Save. When you open the file, it should automatically open in Excel, however, Excel on the Mac will not be able to read two of the cells. This does not affect the calculations of the analyzer.
    If you have any other spreadsheet besides Excel, you can save the file with the .slk extension, then open the file from within the spreadsheet program. The following is the link to the Horserace Analyzer program:

    Horserace Analyzer (Excel format)

    Horserace Analyzer (SYLK format)

    To save the program, right click on the link and choose Save Target As.


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    Horse Racetracks in the United States

    The following is a list of most of the major racetracks in North America. Included are tracks for Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Paint, Trotters, and Appaloosa Racing.

  • Aqueduct Racetrack, New York City
  • Arlington Park, Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Bay Meadows, San Mateo, California
  • Belmont Park, Elmont, New York (Belmont Stakes)
  • Calder Race Course, Miami, Florida
  • Canterbury Park, Shakopee, Minnesota
  • Charles Town Races & Slots, Charles Town, West Virginia
  • Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky (Kentucky Derby)
  • Clinton Raceway, Clinton, Ontario
  • Colonial Downs, New Kent County, Virginia
  • Del Mar, Del Mar, California
  • Delaware Park Racetrack, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Emerald Downs, Auburn, Washington
  • Fairmount Park Race Track, Collinsville, Illinois
  • Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Fraser Downs, Surrey, B.C., Canada
  • Georgian Downs, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada
  • Golden Gate Fields, Berkeley, California
  • Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Florida
  • Hastings Racecourse, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Hawthorne Race Course (Sportsman's Park), Stickney/Cicero, Illinois
  • Hollywood Park, Inglewood, California
  • Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Los Alamitos Race Course, Los Alamitos, California
  • Louisiana Downs, Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport, New Jersey
  • Mountaineer Race Track, Chester, West Virginia
  • Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Penn National Race Course, Grantville Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia Park, Bensalem, Pennsylvania
  • Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland (Preakness Stakes)
  • Pompano Park, Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Prarie Meadows, Altoona, Iowa
  • Red Mile, The, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Sam Houston Race Park, Houston, Texas
  • Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California
  • Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Suffolk Downs, East Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tampa Bay Downs, Oldsmar, Florida
  • Thistledown, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Turfway Park, Florence, Kentucky
  • Windsor Raceway, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York
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