French Racing Info Glossary

Chestnut
A horse colour which may vary from a red-yellow to golden-yellow. The mane, tail and legs are usually variations of the coat color, except where white markings are present.
Claiming
Processed by which a licensed person lay purchase a horse entered in a designated race for a predetermined price. When a horse has been claimed, its new owner assumes title after the starting gate opens although the former owner is entitled to all purse money earned in that race.
Claiming box
Box in which claims are deposited before the race.
Claiming race
A race in which each horses entered is eligible to be purchased at a set price. Claims must be made before the races and only by licensed owners or their agents who have a horses registered to race at that meeting or who have received a claim certificate from the stewards.
Classic (distance)
A typical distance for a kind of race, e.g.: 2,400 m for a flat race and 2,700m for a trotting race.
Classic Tiercé
Pick the first three past the post in order. On Group or Listed races.
Colours
Jacket and cap worn by jockeys or drivers to designate the owner of the horse.
Colt
A male horse aged three or under.
Commingle
Combining mutuel pools from different countries or operators into one pool (the host).
Conditions
The requirements of a particular race. This may include age, sex, money or races won, weight carried, the distance of the race.
Coupled
When two or more horses declared runners in the same race are avowed as “couplé” for Pari Mutuel purposes, they are said to be “bracketed” or “coupled”. This happens when several horses declared runners in the same race belong to the same owner or trainer. If one of these horses is classified first, all “single win” bets placed on the other runners of the bracket having run in the race are awarded the same “win” dividend.