How to Pick a Horse Race

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A chart shows the position, margin and pay-off price of all horses at specific points in the race. The chart also shows the weight carried, the owner and trainer, and other data such as conditions, the time of race and the odds. The races are run on a stretch of track known as the homestretch and backstretch. A horse can begin the race in the backstretch and continue straightaway down the homestretch.

Dosage in a horse race

Dosage is an index, based on the appearance of influential sires, that measures a horse’s ability to handle various distances. It is used in betting, as well as by breeders. Horses with high Dosage Indexes have proven abilities to handle shorter distances, while horses with low ones tend to perform best over longer distances. The median Dosage Index of contemporary North American thoroughbreds is about 2.40, but it is impossible to calculate an average Dosage Index because some horses have an “infinity” value, while others have a high one, which indicates that a horse could be successful over the distance.

Over-REACHING of the hind shoe in a horse race

Over-REACHING is a condition where the toe of the hind shoe strikes the forefoot during a horse race. This injury can occur for several reasons, including overgrown hooves and a horse’s conformation. Long hind legs and a forward tracking hind foot are more likely to overreach. However, there are ways to prevent over-reaching in a horse race.

Allowance races

When choosing a race, it is important to remember that allowance races are different than claiming races. Allowance races are not intended for novices or maidens, which are horses that have not yet won a race. While they are similar to claiming races, allowance races have more specific requirements. Experienced bettors can take advantage of the lower odds in these races, as some horses have adapted to the heavier weights that are assigned to them.

Graded stakes races are the most prestigious races in horse racing

A graded stakes race is a race for thoroughbred horses. In the United States, the American Graded Stakes Committee assigns specific grades to horse races based on statistical analysis, the quality of the field in previous years, and minimum purse criteria. In Canada, the Jockey Club maintains the grading system. Graded stakes races are similar to Group races in Europe, but the grading system is more dynamic in North America.


What does HANDICAPPING mean? Simply put, it means that the horse’s current rating does not accurately reflect its true ability. A horse’s weight is adjusted by 0.5kg for every rating point that he gains. The weight of the horse will be increased by the handicapper when the horse has a rating that is below its actual ability. A horse with a higher rating can race ahead of a handicapper who has a lower rating.