Thoroughbred Terminology

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Lead pad

A piece of equipment under the saddle containing thin slabs of lead used to bring a rider's weight up to that assigned to the horse.

Length

A measurement approximating the length of a horse is one length. It is used to describe the distances between horses during a race and at the finish line.

Longshot

A horse that wins a race but was not considered a favorite. Odds are high on a longshot, resulting in high-money payoffs to winning bettors.