Standardbred harness horse racing is not quite as popular as thoroughbred horse racing, but it can be just as or even more exciting! The betting process is nearly identical with the only difference being that the better must take into account different information. And all this information can be found on a harness racing program. This program contains the information about that day’s race, horses, and drivers as well as stats from the horses’ previous races. Understanding how to read a harness racing program correctly can mean the difference between walking away a winner or a l**** (we don’t like to say the “L” word).

At AmWager, we want everyone to be a winner, which is why we have put together this easy to read guide on how to read a greyhound racing program.

If you understand how to read a harness racing program, you can place smarter bets.

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How To Read A Horse Racing Program
How To Read A Greyhound 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.

If you know how to read a harness racing program, you will have helpful tips about today's race.

Information About Today’s Race

ADistance of the Race
BRace Number - The Race Number indicates the order that race will run for the day.
CTrack Name - Designates the track where the race is run.
DTrack Name - Designates the track where the race is run.
EPurse of the Race
FTRA 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.
GHorse number in race
HOwner(s) and address
IHorse's name
JRace Day Medication - Indicates if the horse is running with Lasix or special equipment. L – Lasix, B- Bute, b – blinkers, f – front bandages
KHorse’s color, gender, age and bloodlines
LBreeder
MTrainer with summary of starts, wins, seconds, thirds & Universal Rating
NDriver with summary of starts, wins, seconds, thirds, Universal Rating, driving colors, weight and class of driving license
OEstimated Odds and Claiming Price
PBest Races
QCurrent Year Record, Previous Year Record, and Lifetime Record
RStarts
SWin
TPlace
UShow
VSpeed/Class Rating

Details About The Horses’ Past Performance

Understanding how to read a harness racing program can give you details about past races.

1Date of past performance
2Track where horse raced and race number
3Course 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)
4Purse & Class
5Distance
6 Horse's individual fractional times for each 1/4 mile
7Horses post position
8Horse'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
9Finish position and margin
10Horse's final quarter
11Horses's personal time for the race
12Odds at post-time
13Medication/Equipment - Indicates if the horse ran with Lasix or special equipment. L – Lasix, B- Bute, b – blinkers, f – front
14Driver
15First 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!