Alert

Said of a horse that draws in the race, i.e. tries to go faster than its driver wishes.

Amateur

Non-professional driver authorized to participate in races restricted for amateurs.

Amble

A lateral two-beat gait where the fore and hind legs on the same side simultaneously come into contact with the racing surface. The gait is reprehensible, and the horse is disqualified.

Batch

Set of horses taking part in a race.

Blinkers

Device that limits the horse’s field of vision. Blinkers are used to isolate a nervous horse from its immediate environment, or help an unmindful horse to focus more on the job at hand and less on what’s going on around it.

Box

Part of the stable in which the horse lives.

Canter

Last warmups a few minutes or seconds before the start of a race.

Catch driver (sometimes called cash driver)

Driver who is in demand to partner horses he does not train.  A catch driver in general does not engage in training activity and seeks the maximum mounts in races. He is a driver known for his talents.

Coat

The colour of a horse’s coat.  The main ones are chestnut, bay, brown bay and dark bay.

Complaint

A complaint lodged after the race by a jockey or a trainer with the stewards, who will conduct an inquiry and then uphold or change the finish.