TRACKSIDE lingo can be hard to understand. Listed are a few terms used at a racecourse.
Length - a measurement, approximately the length of a horse.
Field - the horses entered in a race.
Handicap - a race where each horse is given a set weight to be carried.
Nose - the smallest advantage a horse can win by.
Silks - jacket and cap worn by riders to designate owner of the horse.
Rail - the barrier on either side of the racing strip sometimes referred to as the fence.
Weigh in - Before and after a race a jockey must weigh in with the saddle to ensure they are the correct weight for the handicapped race.
Photo finish - A result so close that it is necessary to use a finishing post camera to determine the winner.