Racing Terms

  • Dam

    Dam

    The mother of a horse.

  • Dead Heat

    Dead Heat

    Two or more horses finishing a race in a tie.

  • Distaff

    Distaff

    A race for female horses.

  • Disqualification

    Disqualification

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

  • Distanced

    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

    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

    Driving

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

  • Dwelt

    Dwelt

    Extremely late in breaking from the gate.

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