Breeding: A female that has never been bred.
Harness racing: A stallion, mare or gelding that has never won a heat or race at the gait at which it is entered to start and for which a purse is offered.
Thoroughbred racing: A horse or rider that has not won a race.
A race for non-winners.
Long hairs growing on the crest of the horse’s neck, which are usually kept clipped to about six inches in length for neatness, or decoratively braided.
A female horse 4 years of age or older.
Female horse five-years-old or older.
September. In theory, because mares that have not run well during the summer often “wake up” in September.
A substance, medicine or remedy used for healing or masking pain.
Broadly, from one mile to 1-1/8 miles.
A mutuel pool caused when a horse is so heavily played that, after deductions of state tax and commission, there is not enough money left to pay the legally prescribed minimum on each winning bet. The racing association usually makes up the difference.
A rider who excels in rich races.
Horse that performs well in morning workouts but fails to reproduce that form in races.
Probable odds on each horse in a race, as determined by a mathematical formula used by the track handicapper, who tries to gauge both the ability of the horse and the likely final odds as determined by the bettors.
Horse that races well on muddy tracks. Also known as a “mudlark.”
A condition of a racetrack which is wet but has no standing water.
Short for “parimutuel pool.” Sum of the wagers on a race or event, such as the win pool, daily double pool, exacta pool, etc.