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.
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."
"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.
JOKES ABOUT RACEHORSES and HORSE RACING
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)
BOOKS ABOUT RACEHORSES and HORSE RACING
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
Horse Racing Organizations and Associations
International Federation of Horseracing Authorities
The Jockeys' Guild
Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Inc.
Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Inc.
National Thoroughbred Racing Association
North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association
Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
Thoroughbred Racing Associations
Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau
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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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