French Racing Info Glossary

Area where horses are saddled and paraded before being taken onto the track.
A form of wagering originated in 1865 by Frenchman Pierre Oller in which all money bet is divided up among those who have winning tickets, after taxes, takeout and other deductions are made.Oller called his system "pari mutuel" meaning " mutual stake" or " betting among ourselves".
Using a key horse or horses in different, but not all possible, exotic wagering combinations. See wheel.
Past performances
A horse's racing record, earnings, bloodlines and other data, presented in composite form.
Instrument used to measure the going. Ten measurements are made at different points of the track and the average of these measurements provides a number between 5.5 and 1 which describes the condition of the track.
Photo finish
A result so close it is necessary to use the finish-line camera to determine the order of finish.
Place bet
Wager on a horse to finish first, second or third in race of 8 runners or more. Wager on a horse to finish firs or seconf in race with 7 runners or less.
PMU slide
Pari Mutual Urbain.
1) Starting point for a race: Starting post, 2) An abbreviated version of post position.
Post position
Position of stall in starting gate from which a horse starts.
Post time
Designated time for a race to start.
Prize Money or Purse
The total amount of money dedicated to a race. This is financed by a takeout on stakes for the racing associations. The owners of the runner who have finished in the first positions will receive a percentage of the price money depending of their placing.