How to Bet on a Horse Race

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A horse race is a sporting event in which horses compete against each other on a track. This type of racing has evolved over time and is now very popular in many countries around the world.

There are several different types of races which include the Classics, sprinters, middle distances and endurance horses. The horse racing industry is a global business and it has been running for thousands of years.

The sport of horse racing originated in the Greek Olympic Games and it grew rapidly in the Middle East, India and other Asian countries where horses were also used for riding chariots. It soon spread to Europe where it gained in popularity and became a major sport.

In the United States, horse racing is a very large and lucrative industry. The sport is primarily based on betting. This is why most betting bookmakers offer odds on the races.

When betting on a race, it is important to consider the horses’ condition and position on the track. This is especially true when a horse has just been ridden or has not had enough time to settle down before starting. It is also important to note the speed of the horse and the direction in which they are racing as this can have a significant impact on the outcome of a race.


This term is a great way to determine a horse’s conditions and it should prove very useful for serious handicappers. It is a common term in UK and Ireland racing, where it is also known as “wet” or “lathered up”.


This is a very good indicator of a horse’s position on the track. This term is particularly important when a horse is approaching the start line and you are trying to establish their track bias. This will be a very good indication of whether they are going to start at a pace which may suit them or not and this can help you decide on your wagers.


This will indicate a horse that has started at a pace which is slightly slower than the rest of the field. This could be a sign of a bump, or a horse which was unprepared for the start and has stumbled on the ground. This is a very important indicator of the horse’s condition and should be noted by all handicappers.


This term can be very useful when a horse has lost the lead and is battling for the second place. It can also be helpful when a horse has been impeded by another horse and the jockey claims this as an excuse for his loss. It can also be very useful for a young horse with little or no experience who has swerved in and out of contention.


This page will provide you with all the important terms and descriptions of the various races. You can also see how a horse performed in the race, as well as access to premium Timeform post racing analysis, all of which can be very helpful when trying to pick a winner.