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FORM: How a horse has been racing. Generally, good form is defined as close up
finishes in recent starts - bad form is poor finishes in recent starts.

CLASS: The level of competition that a horse has been facing. Generally, the higher
class level the bigger the purse and the stronger the level of competition.

CONSISTENCY: How often a horse is able to win/race well. A consistent winner can be
defined as a horse that is able to win at least 20% of its starts. A horse that is able to
finish in the money in at least 50%-60% of its starts can be considered to be a
consistent contender.

PACE: The early fractions of a race, particularly the opening 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile.
The pace of a race can effect how well certain horses are able to compete. For
example...if a pacesetter is able to set a slow pace, horses that are far back early will
have a particularly difficult time making up ground once the pace picks up in the latter
stages of the race. Conversely, if the early pace is torrid, it will be harder for pacesetters
to withstand the late challenges of closers who benefit from a relatively slow second half.

GATE SPEED: How quickly a horse is able to leave the starting gate.

POST POSITION: The position a horse leaves the starting gate from at the start
of a race. The #1 post is closest to the rail and the #8 post is farthest from the rail.
Generally speaking, the #1 post is the best and the #8 is the worst.

PARKED OUT: This term describes a horse that is racing on the outside, normally
for an extended period of time. Horses lose ground while racing on the outside and
depending on the circumstances (the amount of time spent racing on the outside,
the pace, etc) can be adversely effected by it.

BOXED: This describes the situation that occurs when a horse is stuck on the rail
with a horse ahead of him and a horse outside him.

SHUFFLED BACK: This occurs when a horse is stuck on the rail and loses position
when outside horses advance past him.

BREAK: When a horse goes offstride. A harness horse competes at either a trot
(diagonal gait) or pace (lateral gait). A break occurs when a horse goes offstride
and into a gallop.

COVER: Describes when a horse is racing with a horse in front of him, especially
on the outside. Live cover occurs when a horse has an advancing horse in front of him,
dull cover occurs when the cover horse does not advance.

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