Horse Racing Glossary Part 3

Scratch. When a horse is withdrawn from a race in which it’s scheduled to run. Depending upon the type of wager you’ve placed, you’re entitled to either a refund or your interest will automatically be transferred to the betting favorite.

Horsemen are allowed to “scratch” their horses up to 24-hours after entries are taken, sometimes because a more suitable race has become available. There are many reasons to scratch a horse, however, including illness or injury. If the scratch occurs before the writing of the program, the numbers of the other horses change, which is where the confusion lies between entry and program numbers. If the scratch occurs after the program has been written and sent to the printer, the scratch is called a ‘program scratch.’ In that case, the other horses in the race do not change program numbers.

There are many rules regarding scratches. If a horse is scratched due to injury or illness, for example, the horse can’t immediately be entered in another race. Depending upon the injury or illness (for example, if the horse was administered medications), there may be a time frame when a horse may not be entered.

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Simulcast Wagering. The option to watch and wager on the races live via television broadcast. If you are unable to enjoy live racing at the track, you can attend any one of hundreds of simulcast wagering facilities nationwide that carry the Del Mar television broadcast, including California’s own Southern and Northern California Off-Track Wagering network.

Tote Board. The infield graphics board, or tote board, provides the following information: the amount of money wagered on each horse individually in the win, place and show pools, updated odds, fractional and final race times, the results of the preceding race and additional messages including program changes, post time for the upcoming race and the time of day. The tote board is updated frequently.