An allowance race is one in which the runners run for a higher purse than in a maiden race.
These races usually involve conditions such as “non-winner of three lifetime.” A claiming race is one in which the horses are all for sale for more or less the same price (the “claiming price”) up until shortly before the race.
What is an allowance optional claiming race?
A starter allowance gives a weight allowance for horses that meet certain conditions. An Optional Claiming race is one where horses can be entered for the pre-determined claiming price. If “entered not to be claimed”, the horse must meet the allowance condition of this race.
What is a Grade 1 race?
Class 1 races are then divided into Grades 1, 2 and 3, with a further category called listed races beneath that. The weight carried by horses is decided by their age and sex, with no penalties given for previous victories (known as “Weight-For-Age” races). Grade 2 races are directly below Grade 1 (surprisingly).
What does a stakes race mean?
Definition of stakes race. : a horse race in which the prize offered is made up at least in part of money (such as entry fees) put up by the owners of the horses entered. — called also stake race.
Why put a horse in a claiming race?
Horse Betting: Claiming Races. A claiming race means that the horses may be purchased by a licensed owner for the claiming price listed for that race. Every track has certain claiming guidelines, but generally there are certain rules that apply. The horse is then picked up by its new owner/trainer after the race.