What Does Show Mean In Horse Racing

Posted : admin On 08.03.2021

Roulette betting chart. Trainer form – If a trainer has been firing in the winners in the last fortnight, don’t be quick to write. Show Bet - Horse Racing Understanding Horse Racing Show Bets A Show bet is one of the easiest bets you can make in horse racing: simply pick a horse to finish in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd position in a given race. If your horse runs first or second or third: you win your Show Bet.

What is a Show Bet?

When you bet to show your horse must finish first, second or third in order for you to cash a ticket.

The problem with show betting is that while your risk is reduced (you cash a ticket if your horses finishes anywhere in the top three positions), the payoffs are often very small when compared to win or place betting. This is because the show pool (all money wagered to show on a race minus the track takeout) must be divided equally and paid out to the holders of show tickets on the first three finishers in a race.


Additionally, the payoffs on show bets are dependant on which horses finish in the top three positions. If the favorites run out of the top three positions, the show payoffs will normally be higher than if the favorites finish in the first three positions.

There are a few situations, however, when show betting can be either justified or just plain fun.

The first situation occurs when a race includes one short-priced favorite and ALL other runners in the race are longshots. In this scenario, the favorite will sometimes pay as much to place and show as it does to win.

The second situation in which show betting can offer a good payoff is when you really like a horse to win, and you think the favorite or favorites can finish out of the money. In this case, you have reduced your risk by betting to show while also having the opportunity for a decent payoff. In this scenario, betting your selection across the board (win, place, and show) might also be a reasonable option.

One of the most popular low-risk show wagering strategies (and the most fun), is to play a show parlay. Starting with whatever amount you are comfortable with, you play a horse to show. If your horse finishes in the first three, you take all the winnings and bet them back on the next race to show. You’d be surprised how quickly this can add up to a substantial amount.

For example:

In the first race of your parlay you bet a horse to show, and it finishes in the top three and returns $3 for a $2 show bet. If you had wagered $10 to show, you would now have $15.

In the second race you bet your $15 to show and your horse finishes in the first three, returning $2.80 for a $2 show wager, and increasing your bankroll to $21 (7.5 * 2.80). You have now doubled your original $10 stake.

In the third race you bet your $21 to show and your horse finishes in the first three and returns $3.60 to show. You now have $37.80 (10.5 * $3.60).

In the fourth race you bet $37 to show, and your horse again finishes in the first three. You’re on a roll! This time your horse pays $3 to show for a $2 wager, and you have increased your original $10 to $55.50 (18.5 * $3). If you keep going it won’t be long before you have increased your initial stake of $10 to over $100.

The best way to play a show parlay is to set a reasonable goal of how much you want to win and to keep betting the show parlay until you get there. You then start over. If you don’t make it to your goal on the first try, you have only lost $10.

Show parlays are affordable, fun and can be lucrative. They give you action on every race at a very low cost and the closer you get to your monetary goal, the more the tension and excitement builds.

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Horse Racing Terms and Jargon Buster

The world of horse racing contains plenty of confusing words, some of which may mean very little to the unseasoned horse racing fan. This handy jargon-buster can help you understand some of the common horse racing terms, so you can join in with the horse-talk next time you’re at the races.

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Racing TermDescription
AbandonedThe status of a race or racecourse described as closed, usually as a result of bad weather.
AgeThe age of a horse.
All-weatherA synthetic racing surface usually made from sand, which generally is not affected by the weather.
The deduction in the weight a horse must carry. This can be a result of the age or the gender of the horse or the type of jockey (amateur).
A bet placed in advance of the final declarations of a race. Bookmakers usually offer better odds, but no refunds are given in the event of a non-runner.
BackwardA horse not fit or fully developed.
BankerA supposedly certain bet.
Betting ring
The on-course bookmakers, often close to the running rail, who compete against one another for trade. Traditionally an integral part of the racing experience, bookmakers with names like Jolly Joe, loud check jackets, and voices like foghorns used to shout the odds and hand our colourful cards as receipts. While their clerks entered the bets in their ledgers and tic tac men, standing on orange boxes, waved their white gloved hands in signals of the trade, communicating changes in the horses’ prices.
BitA bar (usually made of stainless steel) that sits in the horse’s mouth and is attached to the bridle.
Black typeA race which is of Listed or Group class.
A type of headgear fitted to a horse that limits its field of vision, mainly from each side. Blinkers are designed to help horses concentrate in races.
A term used to describe the part of the racing industry which deals with racehorse breeding, be it at the sales, stud farms or elsewhere.
Boxed inWhen a horse cannot obtain a clear run during a race due to other horses being in close proximiity.
A sale in which unraced two-year-olds are ridden, galloped or ‘breezed’ along the racecourse. Most of the horses have been purchased as yearlings, and are then broken in and ridden in preparation for them galloping at the sale.
BridleA piece of tack that fits over a horse’s head and to which the bit and reins are attached.
BroodmareA mare (female horse) at stud who is kept with the aim of producing a foal.
Brought downUsed to describe a horse who falls because of another horse, rather than falling independently.
Also known as a National Hunt Flat race, and usually run over two miles without any obstacles. Commonly used as a way to give horses race experience before tackling hurdles and fences.
ChaseA race run over fences.
A form of headgear which consists of pieces of sheepskin placed on either side of the bridle and performs a similar job as blinkers in helping the horse to concentrate.
A jockey who takes weight off a horse to compensate for their relative inexperience as a rider. Their claim is reduced the more winners they have.
Grade 1 contests confined to three-year-olds only in Britain. There are five Classics in Britain: 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas, Oaks, Derby, St Leger.
Clerk of the courseThe person responsible for the overall management of a racecourse on a raceday.
An uncastrated male horse aged four years old or younger. A colt older than four is referred to as an entire or horse (if still racing) or stallion (if at stud).
ConnectionsA term often used in place of a horse’s owners and trainer.
DamMother of a horse.
When the raceday judge cannot split two or more horses at the finishing-line, the prize is split between the horses and a dead-heat is called.
A formal notification from a trainer that notifies the racing authorities they intend to run a horse in a certain race. Horses are commonly declared at either the 24-hour or 48-hour stage prior to a race.
DrawA term in Flat racing denoting a horse’s position in the starting stalls.
The type of obstacle jumped during chase races. There are different types of fence, including an open-ditch, the water jump and a plain fence.
FillyA female horse aged four or younger.
FoalA horse aged younger than one.
A horse’s race record which is denoted by figures next to its name in a racecard. The form may also include some letters, for example F denoting a fall.
An imperial unit of distance measurement in horseracing. A furlong is an eighth of a mile or a little more than 201 metres.
GallopA training strip used to exercise horses. Trainers have access to either their own private gallops or public gallops.
GeldingA horse who has been castrated, often to improve its temperament.
GoingThe underfoot conditions at the racecourse.
GoingStickA device used to measure the underfoot conditions at the racecourse.
Graded race
The highest quality of race. Grade or Group 1 races are the highest quality, with Grade 2 and Grade 3 races a slightly lower quality.
Hacked upA phrase used to describe a horse who has won comfortably.
A type of race in which horses carry different weights depending on their overall rating, which is determined by the handicapper.
HandicapperAn official who assesses how horses should be rated, based on their previous performances.
HoodAnother type of headgear fitted over the horse’s head to cover its ears and muffle the noise of a raceday.
The obstacles jumped during a hurdle race. They are smaller than fences and therefore take less jumping. Sometimes referred to as flights.
Refers to anything that happens during a race, and could refer to in-running betting markets or in-running race comments.
JuvenileA two-year-old horse.
The length of a horse from its nose to the start of its tail, and a measurement used to describe the distances between horses at the finish line.
Listed raceA race type one step below Grade 3/Group 3 contests.
MaidenA horse who has yet to win a race.
MareA female horse aged five or older.
NapA bet considered to be the most likely winner of all bets during the day.
National Hunt
Known as jumps racing. One of two racing codes, the other being Flat. National Hunt racing is best known in Britain and Ireland.
NeckA measurement used to describe a winning margin in a close finish. A short head is the smallest winning margin.
Non-runnerA horse withdrawn from a race for which it had been declared.
A strap that goes over a horse’s nose to secure the birdle. They can help prevent the horse from getting its tongue over the bit which can obstruct its breathing.
A race for horses who are in their first season in that code of racing. Can have age specific conditions, particularly on the Flat.
NurseryA handicap race for two-year-old horses.
OddsThe chance offered for a selection to win. Also known as price.
Off the bridleA term to describe a horse not travelling well.
On the bridleA term to describe a horse travelling well.
One-pacedA term used to describe a horse who cannot quicken when the tempo of the race increases.
Open ditchA fence with a ditch on the take-off side, forcing the horse to make a longer jump than at a plain fence.
OutsiderA horse whose chance of winning is considered unlikely by the market.
PacemakerA horse who races with the aim of ensuring the even tempo of race, thus helping a stablemate who would benefit.
PaddockThe area of a racecourse where horses are paraded before each race. Often referred to as the parade ring.
Parade ringThe area of a racecourse where horses are paraded before each race. Also referred to as the paddock.
Photo finish
A close race finish, requiring the raceday judge to consult a photo before declaring the winner or a dead-heat. A photo can also help determine the placings behind the winner.
Pulled upA horse who is brought to a halt during a race by its jockey.
A horse who is keen during a race and wants to go faster than its jockey is allowing. Often described as pulling for its head.
PunterSomeone who has had a bet on the outcome of a race.
Pushed outA term to describe a horse who has gone clear of its rivals in a race after minimal urging from its jockey.
A programme giving information about the races scheduled during a race meeting and the horses set to run in them.
SchoolingA term to describe a horse being trained and getting practice over obstacles.
SilksAn owner’s colours.
SireFather of a horse.
SprinterA horse who competes in races run over a short distance, usually over six furlongs or less.
StallionA male horse used for breeding.
StallsThe box from which horses begin Flat races.
Staying on
A phrase frequently used by race commentators or in post-race comments referring to a horse who finished strongly during the closing stages.
Stewards’ inquiryAn inquiry held at the racecourse on a raceday after any given race. The panel is advised by the stewards.
StudAn establishment set up for breeding of horses. Stallions are based at studs and are sent mares to breed with.
TattersallsThe main auctioneer of racehorses in Britain and Ireland.
ThoroughbredThe breed of horse best known for its use in horseracing.
A strap or piece of stocking used to tie down a horse’s tongue to prevent the tongue getting over the bit which affects a horse’s breathing.
Triple Crown
To win the Flat Triple Crown in Britain, a horse must win either the 2,000 or 1,000 Guineas, either the Derby or the Oaks, and the St Leger. There is a staying chasers Triple Crown for jumps horses consisting of the Betfair Chase, the King George VI Chase and the Gold Cup.
Turn of footA term to describe marked exceleration during a race.
Under starter’s ordersBefore a race, the starter brings the field of horses into order to prepare them for the start of the race.
UndulatingA track that does not have a flat terrain. Cheltenham is often referred to as an undulating track.
A type of headgear, much the same as blinkers, which limits a horse’s rearward vision to aid concentration. A visor differs from blinkers as it has a small slit in the eye cups.
Weighed in
Every horse in a race has to carry a certain amount of weight. To ensure it does, all jockeys must weight out both before and after a race. The ‘weighed in’ announcement made after the race means the result stands.
WhipAn instrument used by jockeys to help keep horses under control and to encourage them.
YardA term that refers to a trainer and their horses. Also referred to as a stable.
YearlingA young horse between the age of one and two.