LPR 101

Understanding horse racing terms

The Lindsay Park Racing team demystify the confusing
language of horse racing.


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What are blinkers and why do horses need them?

David and JD Hayes discuss how blinkers improve the focus of a horse and ensure they are free from distraction during the race. Vega Magic is one of our stable stars who improves enormously with the addition of blinkers to his racing kit.

Ear Muffs

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Ear muffs on a racehorse? And why black or red?

JD explains that the basic use of ear muffs is to keep a horse calm and cancel out any noise. If the ear muffs are red, this means a horse will canter around to the barriers and have them removed when they are ready to load. If the ear muffs are black a horse will keep them on and race in them.

Nominations, Weights, Acceptances

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How is a horse entered for a race?

Rayan explains that there are three stages of the race entering process: nominations, weights and acceptances. The first step is a nomination, which is about three to four days out from a race. 24 hours later you will receive a weight for your horse. 48 hours before the race meeting, acceptances come out with a full field and barrier draw.


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What is a roarer?

A roarer is a condition in the horse's throat where one side of the larynx doesn't completely open. The obstruction of the airway limits oxygen intake capacity and thus inhibits performance.


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Would you like to have a share in a horse, but not sure where to start? Syndication might be the way to go for you.

Jason explains syndication is where a number of people come together to co-own a horse by taking smaller shares. These horses are usually managed by syndication companies who purchase the horse and syndicate and manage it . It can be a great way to meet new people and race a horse.


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Ever heard the term scoping at a yearling sale?

Jason explains every horse is scoped post-purchase at a yearling sale. The endoscopic examination performed by a vet will examine the function of the airways and ensure that there are no obstructions.


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Have you heard a horse called a windsucker?

Jason explains what windsucking is and how it effects the horse. The habit generally doesn’t effect the horse's racing career, however, it is a condition of sale to be disclosed if the horse is known to be a windsucker.


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Why do healthy horses need x-rays?

Jason explains how and why x-rays are performed on yearlings pre-sale and what they can tell us before we purchase the horse. Our racing veterinarian, Dr David McKellar then examines these x-rays which can help us to determine the horses suitability to racing and the price of the horse.