Claiming RaceA race in which each horse entered is eligible to be purchased at a set price. Claims must be made before the race and only by licensed owners or their agents who have a horse registered to race at that meeting or who have received a claim certificate from the stewards.
Classic1) A race of traditional importance. 2) Used to describe a distance -- A race at the American classic distance, which is currently 1 1/4 miles. The European classic distance is 1 1/2 miles.
Clerk of ScalesAn official whose chief duty is to weigh the riders before and after a race to ensure proper weight is (was) carried.
ClimbingWhen a horse lifts its front legs abnormally high as it gallops, causing it to run inefficiently.
ClockerOne who times workouts and races.
CloserA horse that runs best in the latter part of the race, coming from off the pace.
Clubhouse TurnGenerally, the turn on a racing oval that is closest to the clubhouse facility; usually the first turn after the finish line.
ColicAbdominal pain caused by a problem in a horse's digestive system.
Colors (horse)Colors accepted by The Jockey Club are bay, black, chestnut, dark bay or brown, gray, roan and white.
ColtAn ungelded (entire) male horse four-years-old or younger.