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{adj: triple-crown} of a horse that has won the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness races




{adv: ahead, out front, in the lead} leading or ahead in a competition
"the horse was three lengths ahead going into the home stretch"
"ahead by two pawns"
"our candidate is in the lead in the polls"
"way out front in the race"
"the advertising campaign put them out front in sales"

{n: bookmaker, bookie} a gambler who accepts and pays off bets (especially on horse races)

{n: catch, grab, snatch, snap} the act of catching an object with the hands
"Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"
"he made a grab for the ball before it landed"
"Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"
"the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion"

{n: chariot} a two-wheeled horse-drawn battle vehicle; used in war and races in ancient Egypt and Greece and Rome

{n: claiming race} a horse race in which each owner declares before the race at what price his horse will be offered for sale after the race

{n: daily double} a single bet on two horse races in the same day

{n: dark horse} a racehorse about which little is known

{n: dope sheet, scratch sheet} a racing publication giving information on horses and the outcomes of horse races

{n: field} all of the horses in a particular horse race

{n: finish} designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)
"excitement grew as the finish neared"
"my horse was several lengths behind at the finish"
"the winner is the team with the most points at the finish"

{n: harness race, harness racing} a horse race between people riding in sulkies behind horses that are trotting or pacing

{n: hippodrome} a stadium for horse shows or horse races

{n: horse race} a contest of speed between horses; usually held for the purpose of betting

{n: jockey} someone employed to ride horses in horse races

{n: mudder} a racehorse that runs well on a muddy racetrack

{n: nonstarter} a horse that fails to run in a race for which it has been entered

{n: nose} a small distance
"my horse lost the race by a nose"

{n: odds-maker, handicapper} someone who sets the betting odds based on calculations of the outcome of a contest (especially a horse race)

{n: pink shower, pink shower tree, horse cassia, Cassia grandis} tropical American semi-evergreen tree having erect racemes of pink or rose-colored flowers; used as an ornamental

{n: place bet} a bet that a horse will finish a race no worse than second

{n: pole horse} the horse having a starting position next to the inside rail in a harness race

{n: pony} an informal term for a racehorse
"he liked to bet on the ponies"

{n: quarter horse} a small powerful horse originally bred for sprinting in quarter-mile races in Virginia

{n: race meeting} a regular occasion on which a number of horse races are held on the same track
"the Epsom race meeting was an important social event"

{n: racehorse, race horse, bangtail} a horse bred for racing

{n: selling race} a horse race in which the winning horse must be put up for auction

{n: stake race} a horse race in which part of the prize is put up by the owners of the horses in the race

{n: starting post} a post marking the starting point of a race (especially a horse race)

{n: stayer} a person or other animal having powers of endurance or perseverance
"the horse that won the race is a good stayer"

{n: steeplechase} a horse race over an obstructed course

{n: thoroughbred} a racehorse belonging to a breed that originated from a cross between Arabian stallions and English mares

{n: three-year-old horse, three year old} a racehorse that is three years old

{n: thyrse, thyrsus} a dense flower cluster (as of the lilac or horse chestnut) in which the main axis is racemose and the branches are cymose

{n: two-year-old horse, two year old} a racehorse that is two years old

{n: welterweight} a weight of 28 pounds; sometimes imposed as a handicap in a horse race (such as a steeple chase or hurdle race)

{n: yearling} a racehorse considered one year old until the second Jan. 1 following its birth

{v: crossbreed, cross, hybridize, hybridise, interbreed} breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties
"cross a horse and a donkey"
"Mendel tried crossbreeding"
"these species do not interbreed"

{v: handicap} attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant

{v: hopple, hobble} strap the foreleg and hind leg together on each side (of a horse) in order to keep the like-sided legs moving in unison
"hobble race horses"

{v: horse-race} compete in a horse race

{v: jockey} ride a race-horse as a professional jockey

{v: place} finish second or better in a horse or dog race
"he bet $2 on number six to place"

{v: play} bet or wager (money)
"He played $20 on the new horse"
"She plays the races"

{v: pull} rein in to keep from winning a race
"pull a horse"

{v: show} finish third or better in a horse or dog race
"he bet $2 on number six to show"

{v: soup} dope (a racehorse)


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