Rac­ing terms

The Daily Examiner - - NIE -

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.

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