SQ_15_Bob 2008One of the things I take great pride in is teaching.  I learned long ago no one learns anything from osmosis.  I always encourage you to call, write, text to ask questions.  There are never any stupid or dumb questions.  To the contrary, as I am only too happy to explain our decisions or answer your questions. 

One of the questions I received was what does “bg” mean next to Red Reddington’s time? It means “breezing from the gate”.  Thus “bg”  When a horse typically breezes three furlongs he starts his gallop between the half mile and five furlong pole.

So the horse is out in the middle of the track getting a running start before dropping down to the rail at three-eighth pole to begin the workout/breeze, as these two terms are interchangeable.   So common sense suggests that a work from a dead start from the gate with a similar time is more impressive than a horse with a running start.

When reading the workouts on the EAST COAST any time you see the letter “b” it means the workout was done easily with the horse well within himself when working/breezing.  If you see a “h” that means the horse was asked to do it handily as he was all out.

Now let me put a little cavort in there with regard to horses who have the bullet, black type or fastest work.  Some clockers at some racetracks regardless of whether the horse is breezing (going easily) or working handily {all out) automatically place an “h” next to each horse at the respective distance that has the bullet work.  In other words the horse could be breezing or going easily but he doesn’t care as he will put an automatic “h” next to it’s time.

So here are the symbols for the EAST Coast.

b” = breezing going easily, well within oneself.

h” = handily or being all out and asked for his best

bg” = breezing from the gate

hg” = handily from the gate

dark or bold black type print = the fastest work at the distance.