How To Read A Harness Racing Program
Standardbred Horse Racing: How To Read a Program
A harness racing program, or also called a Standardbred racing program, can be broken down into two key sections;
1. Information about today’s race
2. Details about the horses’ past performance
We took an example program and labeled each section so you can better understand how to read a harness racing program and be ready for race day.
Information About Today’s Race
|A||Distance of the Race|
|B||Race Number – The Race Number indicates the order that race will run for the day.|
|C||Track Name – Designates the track where the race is run.|
|D||Track Name – Designates the track where the race is run.|
|E||Purse of the Race|
|F||TRA Saddle Cloth Color – Indicates the color cloth the horse will have under his saddle. The saddle cloth will also display the program number of the horse.|
|G||Horse number in race|
|H||Owner(s) and address|
|J||Race Day Medication – Indicates if the horse is running with Lasix or special equipment. L – Lasix, B- Bute, b – blinkers, f – front bandages|
|K||Horse’s color, gender, age and bloodlines|
|M||Trainer with summary of starts, wins, seconds, thirds & Universal Rating|
|N||Driver with summary of starts, wins, seconds, thirds, Universal Rating, driving colors, weight and class of driving license|
|O||Estimated Odds and Claiming Price|
|Q||Current Year Record, Previous Year Record, and Lifetime Record|
Details About The Horses’ Past Performance
|1||Date of past performance|
|2||Track where horse raced and race number|
|3||Course Conditions – Shows the condition of the track for that race. (Some horses will perform better over a wet track than they will a fast track. Look to see what conditions a horse does well or bad over)|
|4||Purse & Class|
|6||Horse’s individual fractional times for each 1/4 mile|
|7||Horses post position|
|8||Horse’s position at 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and top of stretch with lengths behind leader and ‘outs’ to indicate horse raced outside of other horses|
|9||Finish position and margin|
|10||Horse’s final quarter|
|11||Horses’s personal time for the race|
|12||Odds at post-time|
|13||Medication/Equipment – Indicates if the horse ran with Lasix or special equipment. L – Lasix, B- Bute, b – blinkers, f – front|
|15||First three finishers and Number of Horses in Race|
Turning The Corner To A Betting Victory
While Standardbred harness horse racing is different from the more popular Thoroughbred horse racing, you can still walk away with a big win if you know what you’re doing.
Understanding how to read a harness racing program is critical to placing a smart bet.
We hope this helpful guide makes you bet with a little more confidence. If you are anxious to place your first, tenth, or 100th bet, head on over to AmWager’s online betting platform.
We wish you happy (and lucky) betting!