Remember: each countries might use different terms for how to wager and also for the type of bets.
AGTOA – American Greyhound Track Operators Association.
All-America Team – The eight top racing greyhounds selected each year by AGTOA.
Apron – An area located next to the racetrack where patrons may watch greyhound racing up close. A fence line separates the apron from the actual racing surface.
Arbitrage – Where a variation in odds available allows a punter to back both sides and guarantee a win.
ARCI – Association of Racing Commissioners International, Inc., based in Lexington, Kentucky.
Backstretch – The area of the racetrack opposite the finish line. At most tracks, it is the area that crosses in front of the Tote board.
Banker – Highly expected to win. The strongest in a multiple selection in a parlay or accumulator. In permutation bets the banker is a selection that must win to guarantee any returns.
Bar Price – Refers to the odds of those runners in a race not quoted with a price during early betting shows. The bar price is the minimum odds for any of those selections not quoted.
Beard – A contact who places bets for someone who wants to hide their identity from sportbooks or bookmakers.
Beeswax – UK slang term for betting tax. Also known as Bees or Ajax.
Bertillon Card – A greyhounds identification card that lists 56 physical identifying points for every registered racing greyhound. The greyhounds Bertillon number is tattooed in its ear.
Betting Tax – Tax on a Bookmakers turnover. In the UK this is a Duty levied on every Pound wagered. Common methods of recouping this by the punter are to deduct tax from returns (winnings) or to pay tax with the stake/wager. In the latter case, no tax is deducted from the punters winnings.
Bettor – Someone who places or has a bet. A Punter in the UK.
Blanket – A covering for a greyhound bearing a number and color corresponding to post position. There are nine officially numbered blankets used in greyhound racing; Mile High uses eight in each race.
Book – A bookmakers tally of amounts bet on each competitor, and odds necessary to assure him of profit.
Bookmaker – Person who is licensed to accept bets on the result of an event based on their provision of odds to the customer. (also know as Bookie)
Breeder – The person who is the owner or lessee of his or her dam at the time of whelping.
Bridge-Jumper – Bettor who specializes in large show bets on odd-on favourites.
Buck – A buck is $100 Bet (known as a dollar bet).
Buy Price – In Spread or Index betting, the higher figure quoted by an Index bookmaker.
Buy the Rack (US) – Purchase every possible daily-double or other combination ticket.
Calls – The position of each greyhound at specific points around the track during a race.
Canadian – Also known as a Super Yankee. A Canadian is a combination bet consisting of 26 bets with 5 selections in different events. The combination bet is made up of 10 doubles, 10 trebles, five 4-folds and one 5-fold.
Career Record – A series of five numbers indicating, in order, a greyhounds total number of starts, followed by first place, second place, third place, and fourth place finishes. Often preceded by an abbreviation showing the track at which the starts were recorded. (Form)
Carpet – UK slang for Odds of 3 to 1 (also known as Tres or Gimmel).
Cart – The motor that runs around the racetrack with the lure. Also called lure motor.
Chart – A record of each race showing finish, calls, odds and comments describing each racers performance; useful to handicappers studying a greyhounds past performance.
Chartwriter – A person who compiles records of each race and writes comments describing each greyhounds performance during a race.
Close (US) – Final odds on a dog (e.g. closed at 5 to 1). Confusingly equates to Starting Price in the UK.
Compound – An area where the racing association houses racing greyhounds.
Cool-Out Area – An area where racing greyhounds cool down following a race. At most tracks water is provided as well as ample room to walk around.
Course – Designates the distance of a race. The most common distances are 5/16, 3/8 and 7/16 mile courses.
Crows Nest – The area where the announcer, judges and others watch the races from a high vantage point.
Dead Heat – An exact tie between two or more greyhounds in a race. The greyhounds nose determines the winner in the photo finish.
Doubleheader – Two racing performances during one day.
Dual Forecast – A tote bet operating in races of 3 or more declared runners in which the punter has to pick the first two to finish in either order.
Draw – A random process by which each greyhounds starting position is determined.
Ear Tattoos – A greyhounds right ear tattoo represents the month, year and tattoo order of your dogs litter. The last number before the letter is his year of birth, the first one or two numbers is his month of birth. The letter represents the order in which the litter was tattooed (It does not mean the order of birth).
Escape Turn – The first turn of the racetrack after the front stretch.
Fast – The racetracks state during normal weather conditions.
Field – The number of entries in a race. Greyhound races are comprised of fields of eight or nine racers.
Flashy Sir Award – Given each year to the nations top distance (3/8-mile) greyhound by the NGA; named for an outstanding distance greyhound of the mid-1940s.
Forced out – A chartwriters term describing an instance of a greyhound being crowded to the outside by one or more opponents.
Front Stretch – The portion of the racetrack closest to the Apron. The finish line is located here.
Futures – (Also, Ante Post) Bets placed in advance predicting the outcome of a future event.
Grade – Defines where a greyhound rates in comparison to other greyhounds at the track. Grades range from Grade AA, the top grade, down through Grades A, B, C, and D. Each time a greyhound wins, it advances one grade until reaching AA. Greyhounds are lowered in grade after posting three consecutive finishes fourth or lower.
Grade AAT – A special grade designation indicating a special stake race event or a hotbox event which contains the tracks best racers in one race.
Grade TA – The T designates mixed grades in a race (such as A and B greyhounds). The letter after the T (in this case, A) indicates the highest grade of greyhound in the race.
Grading System – Method of assuring greyhounds compete against racers of similar caliber; grades are assigned according to performance, with the top grade being A.
Greyhound Hall of Fame – A museum and shrine to the greats of the sport. Located in Abilene, Kansas.
GROC – The Greyhound Race of Champions, the premier annual event in American greyhound racing, sponsored by the AGTOA.
Handicapper – The official who decides the weights to be carried in handicap events, and the grading of horses and greyhounds.
IKC – Interstate Kennel Club. Name applied to the racing season held at Wembley Park during the winter months, October through February.
Interference – Intentional physical contact which obstructs or impedes the running of another greyhound. After being called for interference, a greyhound must run in a non-wagering race before he can compete again.
In the Money – A first-, second- or third-place finish.
ISW – Interstate Wagering. Wagering which takes place between tracks located across state lines.
ITW – Intertrack Wagering. Wagering between tracks located within the same state.
Jackpot – Pick six winners in six races to share in a Jackpot prize. The rules and prizes will vary from race track to race track.
Judge – Racing official responsible for determining finish order in a race and other racing matters.
Judges Stand – An area designated at the racetrack for the judges to perform their duties. May also be designated as the Crows Nest.
Kennel – A business that cares for and races greyhounds under contract with one or more race tracks.
Lead Out – A handler employed by the track who parades racers in front of the public before a race and places the greyhounds in the starting box and retrieves the dogs when the race is finished.
Length – The margin equal to the length of one greyhound. Used to denote how far ahead or behind a greyhound is during certain points of the race or at the finish.
Lock-Out Kennel – Sometimes referred to as the Jinny Pit, this is an area within the Paddock designed to house the racing greyhounds prior to their racing performance. All greyhounds racing that day are placed in the kennel 30 minutes before the first race. Only specific, licensed personnel are allowed in the area to maintain the greyhounds safety.
Lure – A mechanical device attached to an arm and electrically driven around the racing strip. The lure operator keeps it a uniform distance ahead of the greyhounds. Its the object the greyhounds chase while racing. A lure generally is a stuffed object that resembles either a bone or a rabbit.
Lure operator – The person responsible for keeping the lure a uniform distance ahead of the greyhounds during a race.
Maiden – A greyhound that has not won an official race. This is the lowest Grade designation. Once a greyhound wins a Maiden race, it advances to Grade D.
Marathon Course – The longest course distance at Mile High, measuring 2,407 feet, or about 7/16ths of a mile.
Matinee – A program of racing conducted during the daylight hours.
Middle Distance – Distance classification for the Commerce Course at Mile High. This course measures 2,050 feet or 3/8ths of a mile.
MTP – Minutes To Post. How much time remains before a race begins.
Mutuel Handle – The total sum wagered for a single performance or a full meeting.
Muzzle – A wire, leather or plastic devise, with a white tip, which is fitted over the greyhounds mouth and jaws and used as an aid in a close photo finish and to protect other greyhounds while racing.
NGA – National Greyhound Association, made up of greyhound owners, breeders and trainers; recognized as a registry for racing greyhounds in the United States.
O.O.P. – Abbreviation used in a greyhounds race chart that describes the greyhound as finishing Out Of Picture.
O.P. Smith – Owen Patrick Smith, inventor of a revolutionary mechanical lure circa 1912 that could travel around a circular track; considered the father of American greyhound racing.
Paddock – The area of lockout kennels, scales and the inspection ring. The greyhounds are kept there prior to racing. Before a race, the greyhounds are weighed, identified by a paddock judge, walked and blanketed before entering the track.
Pari-mutuel Wagering – Taken from the French term meaning betting between ourselves, wagering in which winnings are taken from the total amount of money. The system insures that you never wager against the track but only against other players.
Photo Finish – A photo device utilized to more accurately determine the winner of a race where the finishers are very close.
Post – A greyhounds box or post position number. A greyhounds number always corresponds to the number of his starting box. The term also is used to recognize the exact time the greyhounds start from the Starting Box.
Post Parade – The lead outs parade the greyhounds in front of the grandstand prior to a race for a blanket and muzzle inspection.
Post Time – The time the first race of a performance begins, or any other race on the program.
Post Weight – The greyhounds official weight reported before the greyhound enters the racetrack.
Program – A printed guide to the days races including detailed, compiled data to assist customers in handicapping the races.
Racing Commission – A state or county regulatory agency that oversees all aspects of greyhound racing.
Racing Secretary – The track official whose major functions include determining how many races of each grade are to be run over each distance for any given performance and conducting the random draw for post position.
Rail – The inside race strip where the mechanical lure runs around the track.
Reverse Forecast – A bet placed on two greyhounds – to cross the finish line in any order. (USA, Quiniela).
Ringer – A greyhound (or horse) entered in a race under anothers name – usually a good runner replacing a poorer one.
Rural Rube Award – Given each year to the nations top sprint (5/16-mile) greyhound by the National Greyhound Association; named for an outstanding sprinter of the late 1930s.
Scale Room – An area within the Paddock where the greyhounds are weighed on a calibrated scale by the Clerk of Scales.
Schooling Race – A practice race held using actual racing conditions, but in which no wagering is allowed.
Scratch – The withdrawal of a greyhound from a race. Scratches at Mile High are listed by race number then greyhound number.
Separate Pools – Money wagered on a race at another track, which is totally apart from the pool at the other track.
Sprint – A race run over 5/16 of a mile or shorter distance.
Stakes Race – A race for a championship or for a purse larger than those offered for ordinary feature races.
Starter – A greyhound becomes a starter for the race when the doors of the starting box open.
Starting Boxes – Mechanical gates that ensure all runners start in unison.
Steam – When a betting selection starts to move quite rapidly, usually caused by many bettors betting on it.
Straight Forecast (UK) – A tote bet operating in races of 3 or more declared runners in which the punter has to pick the first and second to finish in the correct order. See Forcast.
Superfecta – Picking the first four greyhounds to finish in exact order.
System – A method of betting, usually mathematically based, used by a punter to try to get an advantage.
Takeout – The money taken from the betting pool by track management for the state and for the association.
Tattoo – An identification number placed inside the ear of a registered racing greyhound.
Tattoo Draw – When purchasing, all greyhounds are selected in order of purchase or reserve/deposit – according to your preferred sex or random
Tattoo Drawing – Most pups are sold by the time they are three months of age, so the sellers rarely have greyhounds of an older age. This is a favorable way to purchase greyhounds since no one can tell how much speed any greyhound pup will have at such an early age and therefore the purchase price is relatively low. To determine ownership in each litter, sellers hold a
numbers found in the ears of each greyhound. This is held after the 4th month of age since that allows the sellers time to meet all administrative requirements of the National Greyhound Association before any drawing is held.
Totalisator Machine – A computerized system that records amounts wagered, prints tickets for bettors, calculates odds and displays them on screens throughout a race track.
Tote Board – A board located behind the racetracks backstretch that displays the odds, pools, results, and payoffs for each race.
Trainer – A kennel employee whose responsibility is preparing greyhounds for racing.
Trap – One of the box-like compartments that are set along the starting line of a greyhound race-track where the dogs wait before being released at the beginning of a race.
WGRF – World Greyhound Racing Federation, the worldwide promotion association for the sport.
Wheel – A wagering term describing the selection of a greyhound to win, place or show with every other greyhound in the race.
Win – A Win bet is a also called a straight bet or a single. If you bet for Win you collect only if your chosen greyhound is the first across the finish line.
Winners Circle – Where the winning greyhound proceeds following the race, often to participate in a ceremonial presentation.