Horse Racing Stadium and Track – Some Essentials to Know about Each

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Horse racing is gaining mainly in popularity lately, and it is now growing not only as a sport or hobby but also as a huge online and offline business too. Many of the world’s most elite class people as film stars, business tycoons, celebrities are avid followers of horse racing. This sporting event also attracts the middle-class men too as they find it as a way to witness some adrenalin rush and enjoy themselves.

However, for someone to become a horse racing enthusiast, it is essential to know many necessary things about this unique sport. Ranging from the performance and health condition of each horse to the race day climate and nature of the track everything plays vital regarding deciding the day’s winner.

Racing track

The first thing one needs to know about on getting into the stadium is the nature and condition of the track. Some horses may run feebly on wet tracks, but few other ones love such track conditions. So, it is essential for the followers to determine what type of track is set for the day and which horses may perform well based on the track conditions. Let’s have an overview of the tracks and performance standards of each.

Dirt tracks

There are different subcategories of dirt track itself as:

  • F (fast tracks) – majority of the horses can perform at their fastest possible run at this track with favoring conditions. The surface of the track will remain dry and hard.
  • WF (wet fast tracks) – The surface may have a moisture layer over the dirt base. These tracks also will help record the quickest time for the majority of horses.
  • S (slow tracks) – Such surfaces are a bit deep and maybe only drying out slowly, on which the horses may be able to run at their full pace.
  • G (good) – Drying surface, but may produce only slower timings when compared to fast track, but better than S.

Turf tracks

  • F (firm track) – Fully dried turf surface, which makes the fastest possible runs.
  • G (good) – Comparatively firmer course, which may have a slight layer of moisture which may make the horses perform a little bit slower than firm tracks.
  • S (soft turfs) – The surface may contain more moisture, may yield a considerable give to the weight of the horse and rider.
  • Y (yielding) – Course with a significant amount of water/moisture, may readily yield to the weight, ending up in significantly lowering race times.
  • H (heavy turfs) – Fully waterlogged turfs which may cause the slowest run times.

You need to have an overview of the race course type and condition to appropriately guess the performance of the horses for the day. Even though the result of a race cannot be predicted due to some variables coming into play in live action, knowing the horses and the track will help you understand the underlying nuances of the race for the day and take appropriate stands.