Racing Terms

  • Dam


    The mother of a horse.

  • Dead Heat

    Dead Heat

    Two or more horses finishing a race in a tie.

  • Distaff


    A race for female horses.

  • Disqualification


    Change in order of finish by stewards for an infraction of the rules.

  • Distanced


    Horse so far behind the rest of the field of runners that it is out of contact and unable to regain a position of contention.

  • Dogs


    Rubber traffic cones (or a wooden barrier) placed at certain distances out from the inner rail, when the track is wet, muddy, soft, yielding or heavy, to prevent horses during the workout period from churning the footing along the rail. Used in the phrase, "The dogs are up," or simply, "dogs up."

  • Driving


    Strong urging by jockey, usually at the ending stages of a race.

  • Dwelt


    Extremely late in breaking from the gate.

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