Tack: Rider's racing equipment.
Take (takeout): Commission deducted from mutuel pools shared by the track, horsemen (in the form of purses) and local and state governing bodies (in the form of taxes).
Taken up: Horse pulled up sharply by rider because of being in close quarters.
Tattoo: Permanent, indelible mark on inside of the upper lip used to identify the horse.
Thoroughbred: Horse whose parentage traces back to any of the three founding sires -- the Darley Arabian, Byerly Turk and Godolphin Barb, and who has satisfied rules and requirements of The Jockey Club.
Tight: Ready to race.
Tightener: Race used to give a horse a level of fitness that can't be obtained through morning exercises alone; a leg brace.
Toe-(in or out): Conformation flaw in which the front of the foot faces in and looks pigeon-toed, often causing the leg to swing outward during locomotion; when front of foot faces out, often causing the leg to swing inward during locomotion. Top line: Thoroughbred's breeding on sire's side; visual line presented by the horse's back.
Totalizator: Automated pari-mutuel system that dispenses and records betting tickets, calculates and displays odds and payoffs and provides mechanism for cashing winning tickets; often shortened to tote board.
Tout: Person who professes to have, and sells, advance information on a race.
Track bias: Racing surface that favors a particular running style or position.
Track condition: Racing surface that can be described as fast, good, muddy, sloppy, firm, yielding, etc.
Trifecta (box): Wager picking first three finishers in exact order; bet in which all possible combinations using a given number of horses are bet upon.
Trip: Individual horse's race with specific reference to difficulty (or lack of difficulty) encountered during competition, whether the horse was repeatedly blocked or had an unobstructed run.
Triple Crown: Denotes a series of three important races, but always capitalized when referring to historical U. S. races for 3-year-olds -- Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
Turn down(s): Rear shoe that's turned down from three-quarters of a inch to an inch at the ends to provide better traction on an off-track; illegal in many jurisdictions.
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