Form runs from left to right, with the oldest races on the left and the most recent on the right.
Horse Racing MetaphorsExpressionSports UsageA head startAlso ranWhen the result of a race is given, only the first 3 placed horses are announced. The only information given about the other poor horses in the race is that they ‘also ran’.And they’re offFrequently the words of a commentator when a race starts.
Odds are simply the way prices and payouts are shown at a horse track. The numbers displayed as 4-7 or 2-5 tell you what you pay and how much you get back if the horse you bet on wins. The first number tells you how much you could win, the second number is the amount you bet.
How to study the form: our 3-step guide
they have won
Types of Horse Racing Wagers (and Your Chances of Winning)Bet TypeYour Chances of WinningSuggested Plays (Based upon a $100 Bankroll)ShowVery good$6 per horsePlaceGood$5 per horseWinAverage$4 per horseQuinellaAverage$2 quinella box using three horses costs $6
Trifecta — Pick three horses. If they finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd, in exact order, you win. Superfecta — Pick four horses. If they finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, in exact order, you win.
Behind the romanticized façade of Thoroughbred horse racing is a world of injuries, drug abuse, gruesome breakdowns, and slaughter. While spectators show off their fancy outfits and sip mint juleps, horses are running for their lives.
Trifecta is the same as Exacta, but this time you are choosing three horses. They need to finish in the exact specified order for you to win. Superfecta is the same as Trifecta, but you’re betting on four horses to finish in the exact order.
When horse racing odds are shown in the form of 7-2, 5-1, etc, it expresses the amount of profit to the amount invested. So odds of 7-2 mean that for every $2 invested, the punter gets $7 profit in return. This means when you bet $2, the total return if the bet is successful is $9.
Reading the Win Odds
For example, 6-5 means you will get $6 in profit for every $5 you wager, while 20-1 means you get $20 in profit for every $1 you wager. In the latter example, a bet of $2 means you would get $42 back for a winning wager.
Traditional Odds in Online Horse Betting
When odds are shown in the traditional fractions, i.e. 4-1 or 9-2, it shows the amount of profit there is to be gained versus the stake. So if you bet a horse at 4-1 for $5 and it wins, you will return $25 ($5 x 4 + original stake).
Grass is a more slippery surface than dirt and harder too when dried. But it is also easier on a horse’s feet and leg because of the cushion underneath their feet. But it is also a much faster surface and speed horses tends to run faster than what their conditions allows them to.
In horse racing, the form of a horse is a record of significant events, mainly its performance in previous races. The form may identify the horse’s sire, dam and wider pedigree.