Glossary

Scoop 6

In the UK, a Tote bet you win by picking the winners of six consecutive races, which are run each Saturday. The pool regularly exceeds a million pounds.

scorecast

A scorecast bet is a combination of two bets: a first goal scorer bet and a correct score bet. Both the first goal scorer bet and the correct score bet need to win in order for a scorecast bet to pay out. Scorecast bets are popular because they offer high odds.
Scorecast betting

scratch

A cancellation. In horse racing, for example, a declared runner that doesn't actually participate in a race is a scratch.

selection to win

In horse racing, a selection to win betting market offers two sets of odds for each horse in a race - odds that the horse will win, and odds that the horse won't win. You can bet either way.
Selection to win betting

sex allowance

A weight allowance given to female horses when they're raced against male horses.

sharp

A professional gambler.

shorten

The process of odds getting shorter, or lower. Bookmakers may shorten odds in response to heavy betting, which indicates that the market thinks the likelihood of winning is higher than the original odds that are quoted.

show

In the United States, the act of a horse coming first or second in a race. In the UK, a horse is said to place if it comes first, second, or third (and sometimes fourth, depending on the number of runners in a race).

show bet

US term for a bet that a horse will come either first or second in a race.

silks

The colours worn by a jockey.

Silky Sullivan finish

In horse racing, a late charge from far back. It's named after a horse known for using this strategy in the late 1950s.

single bet

A single bet is a wager on a single outcome in an event. The bet is unrelated to any additional bets you may place at the same time.
Singles betting

single stakes about

Abbreviated as SSA, a term describing an any-to-come (ATC) bet in which the original stake placed on one selection will be placed on a second selection if the first one wins.

sire

The father of a horse.

sophomore

A three-year-old horse.

split race

A race that's split into two separate races because it's oversubscribed.

sportsbook

Another term for bookmaker.

spread

Also known as a point spread or handicap, points given to an underdog and deducted from the favourite to level the odds. For example, a sportsbook might predict that team A will beat team B by 20 points. This means that 20 points will be added to team B's final score to create a spread result. Team A is said to have covered the spread only if it wins by 21 or more points. Also see spread betting.

spread betting

Spread betting is betting on whether an outcome will be above or below a specified margin, or spread.
Spread betting

sprint

A race over a short distance. In horse racing, it's a race of 7 furlongs or less.

stake

The amount of money you put on a bet.

stakes

A horse race that horses must be nominated to run in advance, and for which there's usually a nomination and entry fee. In the UK, the top horses compete in stakes races. Horses with fewer or no previous wins are entered in non-stakes races.

stallion

A male horse used for breeding purposes.

starter

The official responsible for ensuring a fair start to a horse race.

starting gate

In horse racing, the mechanical steel gate and stalls from which the horses break at the beginning of a race.

starting price

Abbreviated as SP, the official odds for a horse that are quoted at the start of a race. They're determined based on an average of the on-course bookmakers odds for the horse.

steamer

A selection that has attracted heavy betting, resulting in significant shortening of its odds.

steeplechase

A National Hunt race in which entries are required to jump fences. The term dates from early countryside races for which a church steeple provided orientation.

steward

Any official who enforces the rules of racing at a racecourse.

stooper

A person who hunts for accidentally discarded winning tickets at a racecourse.

straight forecast

A straight forecast (SF) is a bet on which selections will finish first and second, in the correct order. It's also known as an exacta or perfecta in tote betting.
Straight forecast bets

straightaway

In horse racing, the straight part of a course (with no turns).

stretch

The final stretch in a horse race. Also known as the homestretch.

Super Flag

A wager on five selections, consisting of 46 separate bets - 10 doubles, 10 trebles, five fourfold accumulators, one fivefold accumulator and 10 up-and-down bets. One winning selection guarantees a return.
Super Flag

Super Heinz

A Super Heinz is a wager on seven selections consisting of 120 separate bets - 21 doubles, 35 trebles, 35 fourfolds, 21 fivefolds, 7 sixfolds and a sevenfold accumulator. A minimum of two selections must win for a return.
Super Heinz

Super Yankee

Another term for the bet known as a Canadian.