French Racing Info Glossary

Race conditions
A horse needs to be compliant with a series of conditions in order to enter a race: age, sex, winnings… this regulates the weight carried by the horse( gallop) or the "distance handicap" (trotting). Some races are called "condition race" in comparison with the "handicap" race where the weight carried is determined by a handicapper and not by the total of the winnings.
The barrier on either side of the racing strip. - In flat races, the draw number gives the position of the horses in the starting stalls. For trotting races , the departure is given with an autostart. Horse no. 1 is the closest to the rail. "Right rail" means that horses turn to their right in the bends.