Betting on Horse Races

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If you are new to betting on horse races, you will probably be wondering what each race is all about. There are several different types of races, including starters, match and stalings. Let’s start with the starter races. These races are limited to horses starting for a specific claiming price. The horses are placed in starter gates where they are confined until the race begins. Stewards oversee each race and enforce the rules to keep the races fair for everyone.


A horse race can range anywhere from 440 yards to two miles. The majority of flat races are run between five and 12 furlongs. Sprints are shorter distances, while longer races are known as “routes” in the United States and “staying races” in Europe. Regardless of the distance, fast acceleration is crucial for a winner. Similarly, sprints and long distance races are seen as tests of speed and stamina.

Starter race

If you’ve been betting on horse races for some time, you may have noticed that not all horses are created equal. Starter races give each horse a chance to prove itself. In order to avoid such a situation, racetracks try to pair horses with similar ability. However, the first step to winning one of these races is to understand the difference between allowance races and stakes races. Let’s look at each type of race.

Match race

The rules of the Match horse race are fairly straightforward. In a dead heat scenario, all of the horses finish the course. Bets placed on a horse that finishes in a dead heat will be nullified. This rule applies to horse races in both the UK and Ireland. Listed below are the rules that apply to a match race. If you are thinking about betting on a match race, read on to find out more.


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You can use the weight of a horse race to predict its result. The weight of a horse carries the amount of weight it carries for a race. This is excluding any jockey claims or penalties that a horse may carry. If a horse is overweight, it will have a higher probability of losing a race. Weights are not a factor in stakes races. This article was written on 10-Feb-01. Statistics may have changed since then.

Bar shoe

Despite the popularity of horse races, there is one category of shoe that is not suitable for all horses: the bar shoe. These shoes are made with a thick, narrow bar which moves the weight bearing support away from the heels and onto the frog. This type of shoe can result in lameness if it does not fit correctly. Here is a description of how bar shoes are made and why they are not suitable for all horses.

Over-REACHING of the hind shoe

There is controversy over which part of the foot touches the ground first, with some saying the toe. Others believe the heel. Regardless of the reasoning, instantaneous photographs show the heel touches the ground first, even on level ground. This is true at all paces. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer. But it is important to remember that a horse’s shoes are essential to the horse’s gait and performance.

Over-REACHING of the nose

Over-REACHING of the nose in a horse race can be an indication of an obstruction in the upper airway, which can lead to respiratory problems. The most common type of upper airway collapse in racehorses is dorsal displacement of the soft palate, which occurs in approximately 20 percent of races. A definitive diagnosis requires exercising endoscopic examination. However, over-REACHING of the nose is usually treatable with an intravenous steroid spray or a veterinary-grade antibiotic.

Over-REACHING of the lips

Over-REACHING of the lips is a problem in horse racing that is caused by the front limbs of the horse extending outwards too far. The problem may also be caused by the horse’s conformation, age, fatigue, or lack of energy. Over-reaching in horse racing may also be caused by poor riding, and improper hoof trimming and shoe fitting. Taking riding lessons may help you to spot this problem early.


A SCRATCH horse race is a handicapped race in which one or more horses is scratched before the race begins. A scratch occurs when the official number of horses entered exceeds the number of spots available for the race. If this happens, eight additional horses are drawn from the list of “also eligible” horses. Because of this, eight horses will not be eligible to run in the race until the scratch count is reduced. These unofficially entered horses may not be eligible to run in any other race that day.