False favorite: Horse that's a favorite despite being outclassed by others in the field.
Fast (track): Footing that's dry, even and resilient.
Fetlock (joint): Joint located between cannon bone and long pastern bone, also referred to as the "ankle."
Field: Horses in a race.
Field or mutual field: Two or more starters running as single betting unit when there are more starters in a race than positions on the tote board.
Filly: Female horse 4-years-old or younger.
Fire: Burst of acceleration by a horse in a race.
Firm (track): Condition of a turf course corresponding to fast on a dirt track.
Flank: Area between horse's ribs and hip.
Flatten out: Very tired horse that slows considerably.
Foal: Horse of either sex in the first year of life.
Fontana safety rail: Aluminum rail in use since 1981 designed to help reduce injuries to horse and rider.
Fractional time: Intermediate times recorded in a race, as at the quarter, half, three-quarters, etc.
Front-runner: Horse whose running style gets near or to lead at start of a race and continues there as long as possible.
Furlong: One-eighth of a mile; 220 yards.
Furosemide: Medication used in treatment of bleeders, commonly known under trade name Lasix that acts as a diuretic, reducing pressure on capillaries.
Futurity: Race for 2-year-olds in which owners make a continuous series of payments over a period of time to keep their horses eligible.
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