Here are a few terms to help you talk the talk and figure out what’s happening when you are at the races.
ACTION: A horse’s manner of moving.
BACKUP: To race a horse soon after its last race.
BARRIER: The positions in the starting stall that the runners start the race from.
BIRDCAGE: The area where the runners gather for viewing before and after the race.
BIT: A stainless steel, rubber or aluminium bar, attached to the bridle, which fits in the horse’s mouth and is one of the means by which a jockey exerts guidance and control.
BLACK TYPE: Thoroughbred sale catalogues use boldface type to highlight horses that have won or placed in a stakes race e.g. Group 1, 2, 3 or Listed
BOXED IN: A horse that is racing on the rails (or fence) and is surrounded by other horses in front, outside and behind it. A horse that is boxed in is held up and unable to gain a clear passage.
BRIDLE: A piece of equipment usually made of leather or nylon, which fits on a horse’s head and is where other equipment, such as a bit and the reins, are attached.