Jockey World Terms

  • Card

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato explains what the word "card" refers to at the racetrack in this easy-to-understand video, and points out the difference between a good card at the racetrack and a bad card. Enjoy!

  • Chalk

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato explains what the word "chalk" refers to at the racetrack in this easy-to-understand video.

  • Chaps and Leggings

  • Chart

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what a chart is and some of the information included on a race chart.

  • Checked

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato explains what the word checked means in horse racing and what it means for a horse's chances when his rider is forced to check during the running of a race.

  • Chestnut

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains that chestnut is a color and that there are different shades of the chestnut color.

  • Chute

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato explains how a chute is used in horse racing, the benefits that a chute provides to the horses running and the adaptability that a chute provides to a track.

  • Circle the Field

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato explains what it means when a horse “circles the field” during a race and how a horse’s chances of winning the race are affected by doing so.

  • Claiming Race

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato explains the term claiming race and describes the steps that a trainer must take to claim a horse before the race begins.

  • Classic

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato explains the meaning of the phrase "classic races" and their historical significance in the landscape of Thoroughbred racing.

  • Clerk of Scales

    Javier Torres joins former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. to explain what the Clerk of Scales at the racetrack is. Torres also explains a little of what his days as the Clerk of Scales at Keeneland and Churchill Downs are like. Some of his duties include weighing jockeys before and after races and announcing any changes that may be made in a race.

  • Climbing

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what climbing means when it comes to horse racing. Unlike the term may have people think, climbing involves the horses and not the people that handle them.

  • Clip Heels

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what clipping heels means. He also explains one of the reasons this can happen and some of the famous cases of horses clipping heels and going on to win.

  • Clocker

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what a clocker is and where they are located on the track. He also explains how they know who to clock and where the information they gather goes after each day's workouts.

  • Closer

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. talks about the closing running style and why some horses prefer to run that way. He also talks about the challenges a jockey on a closer can face when the horse is ready to make their move towards the front.

  • Clubhouse Turn

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what the clubhouse turn is and how it got its name. Frankie also talks about the difference between the regular grandstand and clubhouse portions of the track seating area.

  • Colic

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what colic is and how a horse can colic. He also explains when it can mean for a horse and the symptoms a horse can show while colicking.

  • Colors

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what exactly jockey colors, also known as silks, are and what they are made of. Frankie also goes into some of the patterns that can be used for the colors and who owns them.

  • Colt

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the racing term colt, which refers to an intact male horse under 5 years old. he also explains why some male horses are gelded and others are not.

  • Company

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the racing term company, which refers to the strength of a particular field in racing, or a style of training young horses that can be useful with lazier trainees.

  • Come From Behind Sprinter

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the racing term come from behind sprinter, which refers to a horse that begins a race at the back of the pack, but gains the momentum to catch and pass the rest of the field as they become tired. Lovate also explains which type of races are conducive for this style of horse.

  • Condition Book

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what a condition book is. Lovato also goes over what is in the condition book and why it is important to trainers.

  • Conformation

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what people mean when they talk about a horse's conformation and why it is important. He also explains how it can affect the horse and some notable examples of horses running well in spite of their conformation.

  • Contract Rider

    In this episode, Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what a "contract rider" is. He also talks about how it can help an apprentice and how it was used by older jockeys in the past. Frankie outlines some of the pros and cons of being a contract rider and how it has faded into history, being replaced with the "first call" rider.

  • Cooling Out

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what cooling out is and why it is done.

  • Coupled Entry

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the meaning of the term "coupled entry".

  • Cribber

    Former jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the meaning of the term "cribber".

  • Cross

    Frankie describes the term "cross" in today's episode. Frankie also explains other uses of the cross in the video and different ways a cross may be held by the jockey.

  • Cup

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what a "cup" race is and gives some examples of important races for various age groups that could be considered cups.

  • Cuppy

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what a cuppy track is and how tracks maintain the surface.

  • Cushion

    Frankie Lovato Jr. educates the viewer on what part of the track is the cushion. Frankie also talks about the different types of surfaces used in America and around the world.

  • Cooler

    Frankie Lovato Jr. educates fans on what coolers are and what they are used for.

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Jockey World Terms

Jockey World is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization in horse racing created by former award-winning jockey Frankie Lovato, Jr. Frankie is the creator of the Equicizer, along with Jockey Camp and Jockey World Radio which fall under Jockey World Inc., and he is co-founder with his wife Sandy of their Stampede of Dreams Therapeutic Riding Program. Jockey World is dedicated to providing reliable information, tools, guidance and resources, that include knowledge in health & safety, to anyone who wishes to pursue a career or develop a better understanding of the horse racing industry. Jockey World is not a gambling related organization.

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More About the 365 Day Series!

Frankie Lovato Jr. vowed to create 365 racing terminology videos for every day of the year for 2013 - an effort to better educate racing fans and bring awareness to Jockey World. Please watch and share with friends to support Frankie in his mission!

"There are also many misconceptions in horse racing and many potential fans could enjoy the sport better. I love to explain the things that will help open up people's minds and answer many wonders in the world of horse racing that will offer a greater appreciation and understanding of the industry. This will help bring more fans and enjoyment to the sport of horse racing," Lovato said.

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