Racing Terms

  • Objection


    Claim of foul lodged by rider, trainer or owner after the running of a race prior to the race being declared official. (if lodged by steward, it is called an inquiry)

  • Off track

    Off track

    A track that has a wet surface and isn’t labeled as “fast”.

  • Official


    1) Notice displayed when a race result is confirmed. 2) Used to denote a racing official.

  • On The Bit

    On The Bit

    When a horse is eager to run. Also known as "in the bridle."

  • On The Board

    On The Board

    Finishing among the first three.

  • On The Muscle

    On The Muscle

    Denotes a fit horse that is eager to run.

  • On The Nose

    On The Nose

    Betting a horse to win only.

  • Out of The Money

    Out of The Money

    A horse that finishes worse than third.

  • Outrider


    A mounted racetrack official whose job is to catch loose horses, attend injured jockeys, and assist the stewards in spotting any fouls that occur during a race.

  • Overlay


    A horse whose odds are greater than its potential to win.

  • Overnight


    A sheet published by the racing secretary's office listing the entries for an upcoming racing card.

  • Overnight Race

    Overnight Race

    A race in which entries close a specific number of hours before running (such as 48 hours), as opposed to a stakes race for which nominations close weeks and sometimes months in advance.

  • Overweight


    Surplus weight carried by a horse when the rider cannot make the required weight.

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