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Getting Started

Welcome to Getting Started, where you’ll find everything you need to know to jump-start your introduction to Thoroughbred racing. Whether you’re seeking basic handicapping and wagering strategies, an explanation of how to read past performances, or you simply want to learn more about the Thoroughbred, you’ve come to the right place. Under the topic headings below are links to a wealth of information about each topic. If you still have questions after reviewing the links, you can contact us for additional information.

Information about Racing Terminology
Equibase's list of race comments
Equibase's list of definitions, equipment codes, and race types
Fractional Times for Various Race Distances
Points of Call for Various Race Distances
Industry Glossary
Equibase abbreviations for North American tracks and training centers

Information about Handicapping Products
Equibase® Basic PP Program
Equibase® Premium PP Program
TrackMaster® Platinum PP's
TrackMaster® Plus Pro
Euroform™ PP Program
Video Race Replays
Expert Selections
TrackMaster® FlashNet
TrackMaster® Track Bias Report
Performance Cycles
Cycles Lite
Online Daily Racing Form Editions
How to read Daily Racing Form
Thoro-Graphs® Form Ratings
TrackMaster® PP's for Harness
TrackMaster® Flashnet for Harness
TrackMaster® Expert Selections for Harness

Information about Lifetime Past Performances and Pedigree Products
Lifetime Past Performances
Lifetime Speed Figure Reports
Enhanced Premium Edited Pedigrees
Enhanced Five Generation Pedigrees

Information about Proprietary Data
Official Equibase® Speed Figure
Official Equibase® Pace Figure
Equibase Horse Class Rating
Equibase Race Rating

Information about Horses
Thoroughly Thoroughbred - An informational guide to the Thoroughbred Industry (Adobe Acrobat

The Jockey Club History of the Thoroughbred Horse.
The Jockey Club Online Fact Book
The Horse a guide to equine health care.

Information about getting in the game.
TOBA's Information on Thoroughbred Ownership
The Racing Game
To get a trainer's, owner's or jockey's license, please contact your local racing commissioner.
      For a listing, visit: American Racing Commissioners International by UTTA
Groom Elite Program

Information about education in Equine Studies

Arizona's Race Track Industry Program
University of Louisville's Equine Industry Program