Racing Terms

  • Acey-deucy


    Uneven stirrups, popularized by Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro, who rode with his left (inside) iron lower than his right to achieve better balance on turns.

  • Across the board

    Across the board

    A bet on a horse to win, place and show. If the horse wins, the player collects three ways; if second, two ways; and if third, one way, losing the win and place bets. Actually three wagers.

  • Action


    1) A horse's manner of moving. 2) A term meaning wagering. For example, “The horse took a lot of action.”

  • Acupressure


    Utilizing stimulation on acupuncture points to treat an animal.

  • Acupuncture


    A centuries-old means of treating an animal or human through the use of needles, electrical current or moxibustion (heat and herbs) to stimulate or realign the body's electrical fields.

  • Added money

    Added money

    Money added to the purse of a race by the racing association, breeding fund, or other fund. The money is in addition to the amount paid by owners in nomination, eligibility, entry and starting fees. For example, “the $1 million-added Kentucky Derby.”

  • Added weight

    Added weight

    A horse carrying more weight than the conditions of the race require, usually because the jockey exceeds the stated limit.

  • Age


    All Thoroughbreds celebrate their birthday on Jan. 1.

  • Agent


    A person empowered to transact business for a stable owner or jockey, or empowered to sell or buy horses for an owner or breeder.

  • All out

    All out

    When a horse extends itself to its maximum ability.

  • Allowance race

    Allowance race

    A race for which the racing secretary drafts certain conditions to determine weights to be carried based on the horse's age, sex and/or past performance.

  • Allowances


    Reductions in weights to be carried, allowed because of the conditions of the race or because an apprentice jockey is on a horse. Also, a weight reduction that female horses are entitled to when racing against males, or that 3-year-olds receive against older horses.

  • Also-Eligible


    A horse officially entered for a race, but not permitted to start unless the field is reduced by scratches below a specified number.

  • Apprentice


    Rider who has not ridden a certain number of winners within a specified period of time. Also known as a "bug," from the asterisk used to denote the weight allowance such riders receive.

  • Apron


    The (usually) paved area between the grandstand and the racing surface.

  • Assistant Starter

    Assistant Starter

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what the assistant starter is and what an assistant starter's duties are. He also explains how important the assistant starters are to the race and safety of the riders.

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