Jockey World Terms

  • Hack

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what a hack, or light ride, is in horse racing. Frankie also explains why taking a hack is useful for the training of a horse.

  • Half

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains that a half refers to four furlongs, the equivalent to half of a mile. Frankie also explains why this distance is so useful for train horses between races.

  • Half Brother

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what a half-sibling is in the Thoroughbred industry. Something to remember is that a horse is only considered a half-sibling if it comes from the same dam and not the same sire.

  • Hand

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what a "hand" is and how you measure to get the correct number of hands for a horse.

  • Handicap

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the concept of a "handicap" race, how additional weight affects a horse's performance, as well as why horses are assigned specific weights for a race.

  • Handicapper

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the role of the track handicapper, who assigns morning-line odds and weights to horses running in handicap races as determined by each horses ability.

  • Handily

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what the two meanings of the term handily as it is used to describe a horses morning workout or how a horse has won a race.

  • Handle

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what a handle is for a race, or the total pari-mutual amount of money wagered on a race. Frankie also explains why each handle is so important to the success of a track.

  • Hand Ride

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what a hand ride is in terms of the way that a horse finishes a race or how a horse is ridden during a morning workout.

  • Head

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains how the term head is used to measure the distance by which a horse wins a particular race.

  • Head and Head

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains how the term head and head is used to describe two horses completing a morning workout in company, or by the way that two horses may finish a race.

  • Head of the Stretch

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains where the head of the stretch is located on the track, as well as how important phrases are in terms of calling the race.

  • Heavy

    Frankie Lovato Jr. explains how the term heavy is used to describe a dirt or turf surface. Frankie also explains the implications that this may have on a race.

  • High Weight

    Frankie explains what a highweight in a race is. He also explains that the highweight horse may not always be the favorite in the race.

  • Horse

    Frankie explains that the term horse has many different meanings in the equestrian and horse racing world.

  • Horsing

    Frankie explains that horsing is the term used when a mare goes into heat and is receptive to breeding.

  • Horse Path

    Frankie explains the horse path, or walkway, that horses use to get from the barn or stable to the track. Frankie also explains the importance of having a safe horse path for the horses to use.

  • Horse Was Off

    Frankie explains that when a horse is off, he is not 100%. People may use this phrase to refer to a sore or uncomfortable horse, as opposed to a horse that is lame, which is more serious.

  • Hotwalker

    Retired jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains the role of a hotwalker at the track, inclduing the responsibility of cooling a horse out after a morning workout or race. Lovato explains that a hotwalker is the first step to working with horses on the track.

  • Hung

    Retired jockey Frankie Lovato Jr. explains what the term hangs or hung means in terms of when a horse approaches the leaders of a race but will not pass the horses and claim the lead. Lovato also reflects on how frustrating this can be for trainers and jockeys.

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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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