General Horse Racing Knowledge

How long is a furlong?
 A furlong is the standard unit of measure to determine the distance of a horse race. One furlong equals 1/8 of a mile, 660 feet, or 220 yards. For example,...
Thu, 8 Nov, 2018 at 1:44 PM
How do you determine the class of a race track?
The key thing to look for when trying to see how two tracks compare to each other in terms of level of competition is purse sizes.  The majority of peop...
Thu, 8 Nov, 2018 at 1:45 PM
What is a condition book?
A condition book is the schedule of races for a given track for a certain period of time, typically a month or so. The condition book is written by the trac...
Thu, 8 Nov, 2018 at 1:47 PM
What are the different types of horseshoes and their purposes?
Horse shoes assist in a horse maintaining traction on various track conditions. Most horseshoes are made of aluminium and come in different generic sizes, w...
Thu, 8 Nov, 2018 at 1:51 PM
How much money does an owner get if he/she wins a race?
In most cases, the winning owner of a race would receive 60% of the purse money. For example, if the race had a purse of $25,000, the winning horse woul...
Wed, 14 Nov, 2018 at 4:44 PM
How often do horses race?
The top level horses race the least, typically once a month or less.  The reason for this is these horses travel the country searching for top level rac...
Wed, 21 Nov, 2018 at 2:57 PM
What is "claiming jail" and what does it entail?
There are two main things that claiming jail refers to 1)the location 2) the claiming price of the next start. The location aspect is fairly straight fo...
Fri, 23 Nov, 2018 at 2:30 PM
How are jockeys picked for a horse race?
This often confusing part of the business is not an easy one to understand from the outside. TK Kuegler covers many of the aspects of this in this short vi...
Mon, 8 Jul, 2019 at 10:38 AM