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Back Marker
In a standing start event, which is handicapped, the horse who is given the biggest handicap is known as the backmarker.
Back Straight
The straight length of the track or paceway farthest away from the spectators and the winning post.
The area of the racetrack opposite the finish line. At most tracks, it is the area that crosses in front of the Tote board.
Highly expected to win. The strongest in a multiple selection in a parlay or accumulator. In permutation bets the banker is a selection that must win to guarantee any returns.
Bar Price
Refers to the odds of those runners in a race not quoted with a price during early betting shows. The bar price is the minimum odds for any of those selections not quoted.
The positions in the starting stall that the runners start the race from.
Barrier Draw
The ballot held by the race club to decide which starting stall each runner will occupy.
Belmont, New Hshire
Beard (Us)
A contact (friend or acquaintance) who places bets for a bettor who wants to hide their identity from sportbooks or bookmakers.
UK slang term for betting tax. Also known as 'Bees' or 'Ajax'.
Bell Lap
In harness racing, the last lap of a race, signified by the ringing of the bell.
Bertillon Card
A greyhound's identification card that lists 56 physical identifying points for every registered racing greyhound. The greyhound's Bertillon number is tattooed in its ear.
Betting Tax
Tax on a Bookmaker's turnover. In the UK this is a 'Duty' levied on every Pound wagered. Common methods of recouping this by the punter are to deduct tax from returns (winnings) or to pay tax with the stake/wager. In the latter case, no tax is deducted from the punter's winnings.
Bettor (Us)
Someone who places or has a bet. A 'Punter' in the UK.
Black Hills
Biscayne, Florida
See Enclosure.
A covering for a greyhound bearing a number and color corresponding to post position. There are nine officially numbered blankets used in greyhound racing; Mile High uses eight in each race.
A device to prevent a horse from having sideways vision and keep its attention to what's in front of it.
Birmingham Course
A bookmaker's tally of amounts bet on each competitor, and odds necessary to assure him of profit.
(U.K.) Short for bookmaker. The person or shop who accepts bets.
Person who is licensed to accept bets on the result of an event based on their provision of odds to the customer. (Sportsbook US).
UK slang, odds of 2 to 1.
Boxed in
A horse that is racing on the rails (or fence) and is surrounded by other horses in front, outside and behind it. A horse that is boxed in is held up and unable to gain a clear passage.
Bluffs Run, Iowa
The individual who is the owner or lessee of his or her dam at the time of whelping.
Bridge-Jumper (Us)
Bettor who specializes in large show bets on odd-on favourites.
Buck (Us)
A bet of US$ 100 (also known as a 'dollar bet').
A bet placed when you believe the make up will be higher than the spread. 'Buy' spread bets are placed at the higher of the two values listed in a spread.
Buy Price
In Spread or Index betting, the higher figure quoted by an Index bookmaker.
Buy the Rack (Us)
Purchase every possible daily-double or other combination ticket.
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