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Horse Race Betting Word List

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U

Unbackable
A horse which is quoted at short odds that punters decide is too short to return any reasonable amount for the money they outlay.

Underlay
A horse racing at shorter odds than seems warranted by its past performances.

Under Starters Orders
The starting of a race (also referred to as Under Orders).

Under Wraps
A horse under stout restraint in a race or workout.

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V

Value
Getting the best odds on a wager.

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W

Wager
Another term for a bet.

Walkover
A race in which only one horse competes.

Warming Up
Galloping a horse on the way to post.

Weigh In/Out
Weigh In/Out - The certification, by the clerk of scales, of a rider's weight before/after a race. A jockey weighs in fully dressed with all equipment except for his/her helmet, whip and (in many jurisdictions) flak jacket.

Weight-For-Age
A practice that allows horses of different age and sex to compete on equal terms. The weight a horse carries is allocated on a set scale according to its sex and age.

Wire
The finish line for a race.

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Y

Yearling
A horse in its second calendar year of life, beginning January 1st of the year following its birth.

Yielding
Condition of a turf course with a great deal of moisture. Horses sink into it noticeably.

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