Racing Terms

  • Maiden


    A horse who hasn't won a flat race in any country.

  • Maiden Claiming (MCL)

    Maiden Claiming (MCL)

    Maiden claiming races are for horses that have never won a race and are eligible to be claimed.

  • Maiden Optional Claiming (MOC)

    Maiden Optional Claiming (MOC)

    This type race is restricted to maidens (non-winners lifetime) that run under the conditions exactly as those for optional claiming races (see Optional Claiming above).

  • Maiden Special Weight (MSW)

    Maiden Special Weight (MSW)

    These races are reserved for horses that have never won a race. They are not eligible to be claimed. The term special weight is derived from the fact that arbitrary weights are assigned to horses by age. (e.g. 3 year olds 118 pounds, older 122 pounds.)

  • Mane


    Long hairs growing on the crest of the horse's neck, which are usually kept clipped to about six inches in length for neatness or decoratively braided.

  • Mare


    A female horse 5 years old or older.

  • Match Race (MAT)

    Match Race (MAT)

    A match race is a race that involves just two horses. It can be run under a number of conditions, but generally is run in allowance or handicap conditions. To qualify as a MATCH RACE, only two horses were entered in the race. The race does not qualify as a MATCH RACE if more than two horses originally entered the race and some were scratched, making it a two-horse field.

  • Morning Glory

    Morning Glory

    Horse that performs well in morning workouts but fails to reproduce that form in races.

  • Morning line

    Morning line

    The starting odds set by the track handicapper.

  • Muzzle


    1) Nose and lips of a horse. 2) A guard placed over a horse's mouth to prevent it from biting or eating.

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