How To Read Racecards (Race Cards)

There may also a dash “-” or forward slash “/”, the dash separates years and the slash separates seasons.

The number next to the horse’s name is the number of days since the horse last raced.

The racecard explained

The form shows the placements the horses got in their previous races. You may also see a “C”, “D”, “CD”, “B” or “BF” next to the number.

What are Racecards?

In horse racing, “racecards” are used to give information about the races and the particular horses running in them, they’re often, and traditionally shown in Newspapers but are becoming more and more popular on the internet as betting websites display their own racecards.

What are actually shown on the racecards?

In regards to the races specifically, all racecards will show the:

names of the horses competing

saddle number of the horses

forms of the horses (the positions the particular horse placed in previous races)

trainer and jockey of the given horses

C: This particular horse has competed on this course before.

D: This particular horse has raced at this distance before.

CD: Is a combination of the two above.

B: Means the horse is wearing blinkers. Take the horse “Deerslayer” for example, six races ago the horse made 8th place but was placed 2nd in its last race. (a piece of equipment worn by horses to prevent them from either seeing to the side, rear or both).

BF: This means this particular horse was the favourite choice for betters in its last race but was beaten by another horse.

race name

time of the race

prize money for the winning horse

distance of the course (in horse racing, distance is typically measured in furlongs and miles)

going (the ground conditions)

Below is an example of a basic racecard showing the horses, their trainers and jockeys.

In regards to the horses, racecards will show the:

And that’s pretty much all the basics to reading racecards, if you’d like to see some racecards in action, try this page.

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