Wednesday, May 03, 2000

'Derby for Dummies'


Here are terms to increase enjoyment of Saturday's race

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        With just a few days before the Kentucky Derby, it's time to brush up on your horse sense.

        If you don't know a Derby colt from an Indianapolis Colt, here's an equine version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Our apologies to Regis Philbin and ABC.

        1. In horse racing, a horse is defined as:

        A. A 6-year-old or older male horse.

        B. A 3-year-old male horse.

        C. A 4-year-old female horse.

        D. A foal.

        2. A yearling would be:

        A. A gelding.

        B. A filly in the second year of its life.

        C. An influential sire.

        D. A combination or cross of two family lines in a pedigree that tends to produce successful runners.

        3. A broodmare sire is:

        A. A horse's mother.

        B. A group of horses sired by a stallion in a single year.

        C. The sire of a horse's dam.

        D. A horse in the first year of its life.

        4. A Stakes Race is:

        A. A race determined by conditions of past performances and/or earnings that determine the quality of the horse.

        B. Races divided into price categories for which a horse may be purchased.

        C. A race for horses that have never won a race.

        D. The highest quality race, often requiring entry fees by an owner which are added to the prize money. Answers:

        1. A. A 3-year-old male is a colt, a 4-year-old female is a filly and a foal is a newborn.

        2. B. Geldings are castrated males regardless of age. An influential sire is called a chef-de-race, and a combination or cross of two family lines in a pedigree that tends to produce successful runners is a nick.

        3. C. A dam is a horse's mother. A foal crop is a group of horses sired by a stallion in a single year, and a horse in the first year of its life is a weanling.

        4. D. A race determined by conditions of past performances and/or earnings that determine the quality of the horse is an allowance race. Races divided into price categories for which a horse may be purchased are called claiming races, and a race for horses who have never won is called a maiden race.

       

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