Hardly a Handicap

.:EQUUS:. Archive on November 8, 2008, 6:20

Referring to more than just horse racing, the word handicap comes from the term hand-in-cap.  In the 17th century this was a popular lottery game were players bets were placed in a cap.

These days with reference to horse racing, it’s a bit more involved and there are also races known as Handicaps.  A handicap is assigned to a horse dependent on their racing history and relates to the weight that horse carries over a particular distance or race.

For example, one horse may be in a race and carrying the weight of 56 kilograms while another could have been assigned the weight

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