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racetrack click to hear : racetrack

Place that is designed for horse races; it is made up of an oval track (flat or with obstacles) and stands.
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starting gate homestretch grandstand judge’s stand finish line paddock tote board clubhouse turn clubhouse stable backstretch length post far turn

starting gate click to hear : starting gate

Mobile, compartmentalized barrier behind which the horses line up before the start; at a signal, all the compartment gates open at the same time.

homestretch click to hear : homestretch

Straight line between the far turn and the finish line; it constitutes the last sprint before the end of the race.

grandstand click to hear : grandstand

Space reserved for spectators.

judge’s stand click to hear : judge’s stand

Space reserved for the track judges who establish the horses’ order of arrival at the finish line, using the videotape if necessary.

finish line click to hear : finish line

Line that marks the end of a race; a video camera helps identify the winner when the horses are bunched very close together.

paddock click to hear : paddock

Area where the horses and their jockeys are presented to the public before a race.

tote board click to hear : tote board

Display board that shows the various data on the race (such as class and betting information); it sometimes has a giant screen.

clubhouse turn click to hear : clubhouse turn

First turn after the start and near the clubhouse; the jockeys try to position their horses on the inside track to reduce the distance to cover.

clubhouse click to hear : clubhouse

Building that houses various services such as bar, restaurant, glassed-in stands and betting booths.

stable click to hear : stable

Building where the horses are boarded and cared for.

backstretch click to hear : backstretch

Straight part on the side opposite the stands.

length post click to hear : length post

Markers that are placed at regular intervals along the track so that jockeys can assess the distance still to cover.

far turn click to hear : far turn

Last turn; the homestretch begins at the exit from it.