PacesetterThe horse that is running in front (on the lead).
PaddockArea where horses are saddled and paraded before being taken onto the track.
Paddock JudgeOfficial in charge of paddock and saddling routine.
PanelA slang term for a furlong.
ParimutuelA form of wagering originated in 1865 by Frenchman Pierre Oller in which all money bet is divided up among those who have winning tickets, after taxes, takeout and other deductions are made. Oller called his system "parier mutuel" meaning "mutual stake" or "betting among ourselves." As this wagering method was adopted in England it became known as "Paris mutuals," and soon after "parimutuels."
ParlayA multi-race bet in which all winnings are subsequently wagered on each succeeding race.
Part WheelUsing a key horse or horses in different, but not all possible, exotic wagering combinations.
Past PerformancesA horse's racing record, earnings, bloodlines and other data, presented in composite form.
Patrol JudgeOfficial who observes the progress of a race from various vantage points around the track.
Photo FinishA result so close it is necessary to use the finish line camera to determine the order of finish.
Pick (3,4,5,6)A type of multi-race wager in which the winners of all the included races must be selected.
PillSmall numbered ball used in a blind draw to decide post positions.
Pinched BackA horse forced back due to racing in close quarters.
Pipe OpenerExercise at a brisk speed.
PlaceSecond position at the finish.
Place BetWager on a horse to finish first or second.
Placing JudgeOfficial who posts the order of finish in a race.
Plate1) A prize for a winner. Usually less valuable than a cup. 2) Generic term for lightweight (usually) aluminum horseshoe used during a race.
Point of CallA horse's position at various locations on the racetrack where its running position is noted on a chart. The locations vary with the distance of the race.
Pole1) Markers at measured distances around the track designating the distance from the finish. The quarter pole, for instance, is a quarter of a mile from the finish, not from the start. 2) The top of the head, between the ears.
PonyAny horse or pony that leads the parade of the field from paddock to starting gate. Also, a horse or pony which accompanies a starter to the starting gate. Also can be used as a verb. He was ponied to the gate. Also known as a "lead pony."
Post1) Starting point for a race. 2) An abbreviated version of post position - He drew post four. 3) As a verb, to record a win - He's posted 10 wins in 14 starts.
Post ParadeHorses going from paddock to starting gate past the stands.
Post PositionPosition of stall in starting gate from which a horse starts.
Post TimeDesignated time for a race to start.
Preferred ListHorses with prior rights to starting, usually because they have previously been entered in races that have not filled with the minimum number of starters.
Prep (race)A workout (or race) used to prepare a horse for a future engagement.
PropWhen a horse suddenly stops moving by digging its front feet into the ground.
Pull UpTo stop or slow a horse during or after a race or workout.
PurseThe total monetary amount distributed after a race to the owners of the entrants who have finished in the (usually) top four or five positions.