Glossary

Across the Board:  A win, place and show wager on a particular greyhound.

Advance wagering:  Wagers that are accepted on a race later during a performance or on a future performance.

AGC:  American Greyhound Council, Inc., a non-profit group jointly supported by American Greyhound Track Operators Association members and National Greyhound Association members, the purpose of which is to provide for the betterment of the welfare of racing greyhounds and the greyhound industry.

AGTOA:  American Greyhound Track Operators Association, a non-profit corporation comprised of owners and operators of greyhound racetracks.

Backstretch:  A straightaway on the far side of the racetrack.

Bertillon Card:  A greyhound's identification card that lists 56 physical identifying points for every registered racing greyhound.

Blanket:  A covering for a greyhound bearing a number and color corresponding to its post position.

Box:  The post position the greyhound will be racing from or the starting box itself. Also describes a wager involving the inclusion of a combination of greyhounds in a race.

Brindle:  A streaky combination of colors, usually including a predominance of brown or tan.

Calls:  The position of each greyhound at specific points around the track during a race.

Career record:  A series of five numbers indicating, in order, a greyhound's total number of starts, followed by first, second, third and fourth-place finishes. Often preceded by an abbreviation showing the track at which the starts were recorded.

Chart:  A record of each race showing finish, calls, odds and comments describing each racer's performance.

Daily Double:  A wagering term describing the selection of the first-place finishers in consecutive designated races.

Dam:  The mother of a greyhound.

Dead heat:  An exact tie between two or more greyhounds in a single race.

Escape turn:  The turn or curve at which the mechanical lure disappears after the race is over.

Grading system:  Method of assuring greyhounds compete against racers of similar caliber; grades are assigned according to performance, with the top grade being "A" or "AA."

In the money:  A first, second or third-place finish.

Interference:  Intentional and unusual physical contact which obstructs or impedes the running of another greyhound as determined by the judges. After being called for interference, a greyhound must run in two schooling (non-wagering) races before racing in an official race.

Kennel:  A business that cares for and races greyhounds under contract with one or more tracks.

Leadout:  A handler, employed by the track, whose job includes parading racers in front of the public and placing them in the starting box before a race.

Length:  The margin equal to the length of one greyhound. Used to denote how far ahead or behind each greyhound is during or after a race. Measuring speed, each length is computed to represent about 7/lOOths of a second.

Lure:  The mechanical device attached to an arm and electrically driven around the racing oval.

Maiden:  Any greyhound that has not won an official race and is less than 2 years old.

Mutuel Handle:  The amount of money wagered on a day or evening's races.

Muzzle:  A wire, leather or plastic device, with a white tip, which is fitted over the greyhound's mouth and jaws and used to aid in photo finishes.

NGA:  National Greyhound Association made up of greyhound owners, breeders, trainers and others; recognized as a registry for racing greyhounds in the United States.

Nose:  The slimmest margin of victory.

Paddock:  The area of lockout kennels, scales and inspection area.

Pari-Mutuel:  Means "betting among ourselves." Type of wagering system at greyhound, thoroughbred, harness and jai alai facilities.

Place:  A wagering term describing the greyhound finishing second in a race.

Post:  A greyhound's post position or starting box number.

Post time:  The starting time of the race.

Quiniela:  A wagering term describing the two greyhounds finishing first and second in either order.

Schooling race:  An unofficial training or qualifying race with no wagering allowed.

Scratch:  Withdrawal of a greyhound from a race.

Show:  A wagering term describing the greyhound finishing third in a race.

Sire:  The father of a greyhound.

Superfecta:  A wagering term describing the first four greyhounds crossing the finish line in exact order.

Takeout:  The money taken from the betting pool to be divided among the track, the state and the operators.

Tattoos:  An identification number placed inside the ear of a registered racing greyhound.

Totalisator machine:  A computerized system that records amounts wagered, prints tickets for bettors and calculates odds.

Tote board:  A board which displays odds and payoffs.

Trifecta:  A wagering term describing the first three greyhounds crossing the finish line in exact order.

Wheel:  A wagering term describing the selection of a greyhound to win, place or show combined with every other greyhound in the race.

Win:  A wagering term describing the first greyhound across the finish line.

Wire:  The finish line for the race.


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