Take the horse "Deerslayer" for example, six races ago the horse made 8th place but was placed 2nd in its last race. There may also a dash "-" or forward slash "/", the dash separates years and the slash separates seasons.. (a piece of equipment worn by horses to prevent them from either seeing to the side, rear or both).
BF: This means this particular horse was the favourite choice for betters in its last race but was beaten by another horse.
Below is an example of a basic racecard showing the horses, their trainers and jockeys.
The number next to the horse's name is the number of days since the horse last raced. You may also see a "C", "D", "CD", "B" or "BF" next to the number.
In regards to the horses, racecards will show the:
What are actually shown on the racecards?
In regards to the races specifically, all racecards will show the:
What are Racecards?
In horse racing, "racecards" are used to give information about the races and the particular horses running in them, they're often, and traditionally shown in Newspapers but are becoming more and more popular on the internet as betting websites display their own racecards.
The racecard explained
The form shows the placements the horses got in their previous races. race name
time of the race
prize money for the winning horse
distance of the course (in horse racing, distance is typically measured in furlongs and miles)
going (the ground conditions)
names of the horses competing
saddle number of the horses
forms of the horses (the positions the particular horse placed in previous races)
trainer and jockey of the given horses
And that's pretty much all the basics to reading racecards, if you'd like to see some racecards in action, try this page.
C: This particular horse has competed on this course before.
D: This particular horse has raced at this distance before.
CD: Is a combination of the two above.
B: Means the horse is wearing blinkers