Glossary

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Gait
The characteristic footfall pattern of a horse in motion. Standardbreds have two racing gaits --  trot or pace.

Gap
An opening in the rail where horses enter and leave the course.  

Gelding
A male horse of any age that has been neutered by having both testicles removed.  

Good (track)
A dirt track that is almost fast or a turf course slightly softer than firm.  

Grab a Quarter
Injury to the back of the hoof or foot caused by a horse stepping on itself (usually affects the front foot). Being stepped on from behind in the same manner, usually affects the back foot. A very common injury during racing. Generally, the injury is minor.

Graduate
1) Winning for the first time, horse or rider. 2) A horse that has moved up to allowance, stakes or handicap racing.  

Grandsire
The grandfather of a horse; father ("sire") of the horse's dam or sire.  

Gray
A horse color where the majority of the coat is a mixture of black and white hairs. The mane, tail and legs may be either black or gray unless white markings are present. Starting with foals of 1993, the color classifications gray and roan were combined as "roan or gray."  

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