Choosing the same horse to win, place and show in
a single race. The total wager costs three times a single bet. If the horse
wins, the player collects on all three wagers. If it places second, the player
collects on the place and show bets. If it finishes third, the player collects
only the show bet.
A horse that finishes out of the money, that doesn’t win, place
An area located next to the racetrack where players may watch
racing up close and in person. A fence line separates the apron from the actual
The area of the racetrack opposite the finish line. At most
tracks, it is the area that crosses in front of the tote board.
A person or group of persons who provides the bankroll to a
horseplayer but remain behind the scenes.
A tough, unforeseen loss. A situation when the favored horse
loses by a nose, or a horseplayer loses his bet after seemingly having it won.
The total available wagering funds held by a horseplayer.
The horse selected by a handicapper to win an individual race.
Can also be the best selection in a single race on a single card on a particular
The amount of money a player voluntarily risks on a horse to win,
place or show, or in an exotic wager.
A person who wagers horse races. A bettor is also called a
horseplayer or horse bettor in the US, or punter in the UK.
The ratio between the maximum and minimum bet size. A player
who uses $50 maximum bets and $5 minimum bets is using a 10:1 bet spread.
The set minimum and/or maximum amount of money that the
horseplayer can wager on a single bet. For example: the minimum betting limit
to place onto a horse to win is $2.
A loss of gains/profit after enjoying a plus in the win
A sportsbook or betting establishment that sets odds and accepts
wagers on the outcome of horse races. Often times, the book is referred to as
A short term for bookmaker, i.e., the person or shop accepting
horse racing wagers.
A person who is licensed to accept wagers on the outcome of
horse races. Such wagers are based on odds provided to the horseplayer by the
individual racetrack odds makers and change according to individual betting
pools. The equivalent term commonly used in the US is racebook.
The point at which a player's bets approximately equal
to the payoffs received.
A player in the US who specializes in large show bets on
odds-on favorites in a horse race. The term refers to the fact that, should the
bet lose, the person who made the wager will jump off of a bridge.
The position of each horse, relative to the other horses, at
specific points on the track during a race.
The favorite in an individual horse race.
A player who tends to wager only on favorites
and rarely on longshots.
A record of each race showing finish, calls, odds and comments
describing the performance of each runner. The chart is considered a useful
statistical aid to handicappers for studying the past performance of each racing
A statistician who compiles records and writes comments
describing the performance of each horse or player.
The individual or individuals that time horse workouts in the
morning at racetracks.
The final odds given on a race before it begins. Also referred to
in the UK as the Starting Price.
A high vantage point where the racetrack announcer, judges
and other officials sit to observe the races.