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Each one of

these have important differences in terms of the types of

horses entered into the race, as well as how horse owners

and trainers will decide to run their horse in the race.

Claiming races are far and away the most common type of

race. In

fact, it is unlikely that track officials would even allow

such discrepancies to take place.

Handicap races are such that the weights of the various

jockeys are equalized through the use of lead weights. In a claiming race, each horse is entered at a

specific price, and may be purchased, or “claimed” by

another owner. This is part of the reason why

professional handicappers tend to stick to a limited number

of tracks for their wagering. For example, an excellent

horse which is valued at $20,000 will not run in a claiming

race where the claiming price is $5,000 or less.

Conversely, a horse with a low value (e.g., due to poor

past performance) is unlikely to run in a race with a high

claiming price, simply because it will be outclassed. In the hands of skilled trainers and

jockeys, horses with poor past performances can have their

careers rejuvenated, oftentimes by making changes such as

race distances, conditioning regimens, and so forth.

Similarly, jockeys with excellent records can improve the

potential of even the most mediocre of horses, under the

right conditions. However, careful handicappers will spot maiden

races which have a horse or two which has some history of

winning relative to others in the race.

. Older, stronger

horses are typically allowed to carry more weight than

younger horses, and these differences are one of the many

factors savvy handicappers take into account when choosing

their winners.

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John Timmons is a horse racing player who lives in Florida.

His website http://www.5minuteracingsystem.com helps

people handicap horse races effectively. Many

consider the weight that a horse is carrying to be one of

the critical factors in handicapping races. Other conditions may be applied to maiden races as

well, such as “Non winners in last 3 races.” Maiden races

are sometimes difficult to handicap because the entire

field may consist of horses with minimal past performance

histories. As they bet at particular

tracks, they become increasingly familiar with the trainers

and jockeys who work at that track, and this knowledge is

taken into account as they pick their winners.

Allowance races are essentially non-claiming races, usually

designed for horses which race infrequently.

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Stakes races are those which occur annually, offer very

large purses, and attract very high quality horses.

Examples of stakes races include the Belmont Stakes and the

Kentucky Derby.

This article was posted on January 28, 2006

Types of Horse Races

 by: John Timmons

Horse Races come in several types, namely, stakes,

handicap, allowance, claiming or maiden races.

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When one is placing a bet on a horse, the better is

actually betting on the skills of the horse, the jockey,

and the trainer. Claiming is one way in which competition

between horses can be equalized. If your a horse

racing enthusiast be sure to visit and sign up for his

monthly Racing eZine.

Lastly, Maiden races are for those horses who have never

won

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