When reading footnotes of past performances or talking racetrack talk, knowing horse racing terms is important.
For example, it's especially helpful for horse racing bettors to ascertain what kind of trip a thoroughbred enjoyed or suffered through. For bad trip horse handicappers, like myself, the "B," "C" and "S" words are essential:
Bobbled: A horse racing term that means a bad step at or near the gate in which a horse appears to stumble.
Checked: A horse racing term that describes runner pulled up by his jockey for an instant because of being cut off or racing in tight quarters.
Steadied: A horse being taken in hand by his rider, usually while in close quarters.
Racing terms could fill a mini-dictionary and runs the gamut from:
"A": Acey-deucy -- Uneven stirrups, popularized by Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro, who rode with his left (inside) iron lower than his right to achieve better balance on turns.
"Z": Zantac -- Trade name for the drug ranitidine, a medication used to treat ulcers.
Now you can enhance you racing term vocabulary, starting from the top:
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