How To Read A Program - AmWager

How to read racing programs.

Reading past performances and programs is not always easy or straight forward, especially for newer players. AmWager wants to make sure all players have the knowledge they need to succeed and know how to bet online.

Below is our guide to reading:

  • Horse racing programs
  • Harness racing programs
  • Greyhound Programs

Horse Racing Program Guide

About the 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. Exotic Wagers - Wagers offered in this race. (The exotic wager types listed are in addition to Win Place Show. If there is no minimum listed next to the wager, it has a $1 minimum.)


Horse & Rider
E. Program Number - Refers to the number the horse is listed under in the program. This is the number used for wagering purposes.
F. Owner
G. 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.
H. Horse’s name
I. Race Day Medication - Indicates if the horse is running with Lasix or special equipment. L – Lasix, B- Bute, b – blinkers, f – front bandages
J. Horse’s color, gender, age and pedigree
K. Weight - Weight indicates how much the horse will be carrying in the race. This includes the weight of the jockey and all equipment.
L. Breeder Information - The breeder of this horse.
M. Morning Line Odds - Refers to the odds set by the track oddsmaker. This is an estimate of what the oddsmaker believes the chances are of each horse to win. (Odds can fluctuate based on how much money is bet on each horse prior to the race.)
N. Claiming Price
O. Jockey with Meet Stats - The Jockey Stats allow you to become familiar with the jockeys. The stats provide the number of starts and finishes in the top three this meet.


The Record
P. Current Year Record
Q. Starts
R. Win
S. Place
T. Show
U. Speed/Class Rating


Past Performances
1. Race Dates - Race Dates show the dates of the horse’s past races (Look for trends on how often a horse runs and its success. Also see if it has been awhile since the horse’s last start. If it has been awhile, the horse may need more conditioning before running its optimal performance.)
2. Race Track Abbreviation & Race Number - Shows the track where the horse ran and what 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. Race Restrictions - The age restrictions for the race: A race designated with 3^ would be a race for three-year-olds and up. A race designated with 4^ would be a race for four-year-olds and up. No designation means that the race was age specific.
5. Common Race Type Codes - This identifies the race condition a horse has run in the past. (It is important to identify if the horse has performed well in the past at similar conditions. If it has not done well in similar conditions before, you may find another horse that has done well instead.)
6. Fractional Times of Race - Shows the split times of each of their previous races. (Use in conjunction with the Order of Calls to see if the horse benefited or hindered from either too slow or too quick of a pace.)
7. Final Time of Race - The Final Time of Race shown in 100ths of a second for the noted race.
8. Equibase Pace Figure - The Equibase Pace Figures are basically the horse's 'speed figure' at the first call of the race and is available for all Thoroughbred and Arabian races. (Based on the horse's actual time and other conditions, such as track condition, these figures allow you to compare a horse's performance at the early point of the race.)
9. Post Position - Lists which post or gate the horse was in at the starting gate.
10. Order of Calls - Lists where the horse was and how many lengths ahead the horse was at each point of call. The number of points of call will vary by race distance. (The Order of Calls show you a horse’s progression through each of its past races and can help you determine if the horse has a lot of speed or if a horse likes to do it's running at the end of a race. Comparing this to the rest of the field can help determine how the race will unfold.)
11. Finish Position - The position where the horse finished. (Locate the horse’s best finishes to determine if it may do well in today’s race.)
12. Jockey's Name - The name of the jockey that rode the horse in that race. (Look at the Jockey’s Name to see if they had success with this horse in the past. You can even see if a jockey that has ridden this horse in the past is riding another horse today.)
13. Weight Carried By Horse - Shows the weight the horse carried in that race.
14. Medication/Equipment - Indicates if the horse ran with Lasix or special equipment. L – Lasix, B- Bute, b – blinkers, f – front bandages
15. Equivalent Odds - The decimal odds the horse went off at in the race.
16. First Three Finishing Horses - Shows the first three finishers of the race, followed by the weight that horse carried and then followed by the number of lengths in front of the next position that horse was when it crossed the finish line. (Names in bold will be horses they are competing against in that race. Names in italics indicate the horse won its next start.)
17. Comments Regarding Race - Reflects the chart comments listed for that horse in that race. (Comments Regarding Race gives you short notes about the horse’s performance in that race. Find out if the horse had trouble in a certain race, which could explain a bad performance.)
18. Number of Horses in Race - Indicates how many horses started in that race.
19. Morning Workouts - Morning Workouts show the date, distance and time of recorded works for that horse. (You will see how their workout time rated against all other horses that worked the same distance on that day (Ex., 1/24 – the horse worked fastest of 24 horses).)

Harness Racing Programs

About the 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. Exotic Wagers
E. Purse of the Race

Horse & Driver
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
I. Horse's name
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
L. Breeder
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

The Record
P. 
Q. Current Year Record, Previous Year Record, and Lifetime Record
R. Starts
S. Win
T. Place
U. Show
V. Speed/Class Rating

Past Performances
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. *Missing Info*
5. *Missing Info*
6. Horse's individual fractional times for each 1/4 mile
7. 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
8. Horse's post position
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
14. Driver
15. First three finishers and Number of Horses in Race

Greyhound Programs

About the Race
A. Track Name
B. Distance of the race
C. Exotic Wagers
D. Race Number
E. The grade for this race. Greyhound’s move up or down in grade based on performance.

About the Greyhound
F. Estimated Odds
G. The greyhound’s post position and blanket number
H. The greyhound’s blanket color
I. The greyhound’s name
J. Greyhound’s set racing weight
K. The greyhound’s color, birth date, sire (father) and dam (mother). When an asterisk appears this denotes that the greyhound was imported from another country.
L. Track Abbreviation, Current Year and Previous Year Track Statistics - Number of Starts, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. If the track abbreviation is the same as the current racing track then the statistics are from the previous racing season. If the track abbreviation is different from the current track then the statistics are based on the runners performance at that track.
M. Kennel Info - Name of the Kennel and Name of the Trainer
N. Fastest time with highest and lowest rating *needs to be checked*

Past Performances
1. Dates of the greyhound’s last six races. The letter indicates- “a”- afternoon race, “e”- evening race, “s” means schooling race. The last number indicates the number of the race in that day’s performance. For example11/17/01E10 means the greyhound ran in the tenth race of the evening performance on November 17.
2. Track where the greyhound is currently racing
3. Distance of the race the greyhound competed in
4. Track condition – F- fast, S- slow, M- muddy, L –loose or sloppy (standing water)
5. The time of that race’s winning greyhound
6. Greyhound’s post weight at race time
7. Greyhound's post position and blanket number, position at the break, and position at 1/8 mile pole or around the first turn
8. Greyhound’s position entering the far turn
9. Greyhound’s finish position. (The second small number next to number in the 1/8, far turn position indicates by how many lengths the greyhound was ahead and at the finishing by how many lengths the greyhound won or lost by.
10. This greyhound’s actual running time (ART) in this race
11. *missing info*
12. The greyhound’s odds to $ 1
13. Grade of that particular race. A number in this column means it was a schooling race and shows the number of greyhounds in the race
14. Chart writer’s comments on the greyhound’s racing efforts (winning effort, inside, etc.)
15. Order of finish showing first three greyhounds. If this greyhound finishes first, second or third, its name is omitted and the fourth greyhound to finish is shown