Taken UpA horse pulled up sharply by its rider because of being in close quarters.
TakeoutCommission deducted from mutuel pools which is shared by the track, horsemen (in the form of purses) and local and state governing bodies in the form of tax.
TattooA permanent, indelible mark on the inside of the upper lip used to identify the horse.
TeletheaterSpecial facility for showing simulcast races.
ThoroughbredA Thoroughbred is a horse whose parentage traces back to any of the three "founding sires" the Darley Arabian, Byerly Turk and Godolphin Barb, and who has satisfied the rules and requirements of The Jockey Club and is registered in "The American Stud Book" or in a foreign stud book recognized by The Jockey Club and the International Stud Book Committee. Any other horse, no matter what its parentage, is not considered a Thoroughbred for racing and/or breeding purposes.
TightReady to race.
Tightener1) A race used to give a horse a level of fitness that cannot be obtained through morning exercises alone.
Toe-inA conformation flaw in which the front of the foot faces in and looks pigeon-toed, often causing the leg to swing outward during locomotion ("paddling").
Toe-outA conformation flaw in which the front of the foot faces out, often causing the leg to swing inward during locomotion ("winging").
Track BiasA racing surface that favors a particular running style or position. For example, a track bias can favor either front- runners or closers or horses running on the inside or outside.
Track ConditionCondition of the racetrack surface. Ex: fast; good; muddy; sloppy; frozen; hard; firm; soft; yielding; heavy.
TrifectaA wager picking the first three finishers in exact order. Called a "triactor" in Canada and a "triple" in some parts of the U.S.
Trifecta BoxA trifecta wager in which all possible combinations using a given number of horses are bet upon.
TripAn individual horse's race, with specific reference to the difficulty (or lack of difficulty) the horse had during competition, e.g., whether the horse was repeatedly blocked or had an unobstructed run.
Triple CrownUsed generically to denote a series of three important races, but is always capitalized when referring to historical races for three-year-olds. In the United States, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. In England the 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes. In Canada, the Queen's Plate, Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders' Stakes.