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Maiden

A horse who hasn't won a flat race in any country. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

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)

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)

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.)

Main Track

Retired jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the different types of tracks at a race course and what materials the footing consists of. He also shows and describes what the different symbols on a race program mean in reference to the specific track. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

Make a Run

Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what trainers mean when they use the term make a run. He describes the role of jockeys when making a run and the instructions trainers will give to the jockey about when to make a run. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

Making Weight

Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the term making weight. He describes how weight is assigned to each horse and practices used to help jockeys make weight. Lovato also explains how the term is used between jockeys and trainers in regards to jockey work out goals or nutrition plans. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

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. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

Martingale

Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the term martingale. Lovato describes what the piece of equipment and how it is used in horse racing. Different parts of the equipment are described as well as the horse's actions in response to the equipment in place. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

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.

Medication List

Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the term medication list. He explains the use of a medication list and why it was implemented by the Association of Racing Commissioners International. Lovato also explains medications that are most frequently seen on the medication list and who regulates them at the track.

Middle Distance

Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the term middle distance. He discusses what lengths qualify as a middle distance race and other terms that describe races of middle distance. Lovato also discusses what popular races are considered to be middle distance. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

Middle Move

Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the term middle move. He discusses at what point of the race the horse and jockey attempt to make a move in reference to this term. Lovato also discusses the typical results of making a middle move.

Morning Glory

Horse that performs well in morning workouts but fails to reproduce that form in races. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

Morning line

The starting odds set by the track handicapper. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

Mudder

Frankie Lovato Jr. explains why a horse is called a mudder. He also explains why some horses do better on muddy tracks than others. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

Muddy Track

Frankie Lovato Jr. explains how muddy track is an official label given to a dirt racing course and how the label is listed in the race chart for different purposes. Frankie shows other track condition labels and abbreviations and discusses track maintenance for several different conditions. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

Muzzle

1) Nose and lips of a horse. 2) A guard placed over a horse's mouth to prevent it from biting or eating. Accompanying video courtesy of Jockey World, a non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by Frankie Lovato Jr. and dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health and safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Lovato in 2013 vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year in an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World.

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