What does the term "break her maiden" mean in horse racing?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
There are several different catagories in racing.
Maiden races are restricted to horses which have never won a race.
There are 2 kinds of Maiden races
Maiden Special Weight
claiming means the horse has a price tag on him and can be "bought" by another trainer/owner
For Winners there are:
all horses have a price tag and can be bought whether you want them to be or not
has conditions like never won a race besides a maiden
Allowance optional claim
if you don't meet the condition you can still run but for a price tag
only horses that have started for a certain claiming price can be eligible...kind of like a little stake race and they are not for sale
you have to pay a nomination fee to run and all carry the same weight
same as stakes but you are weighted according to your races
So, to "Break your maiden" means to win for the first time, be it your first start or your hundredth startSource(s): I work in the racing department of a major racetrack
- Anonymous1 decade ago
In horse racing terminalogy a maiden is a horse that has not won a race. So when they use the term "break her/his maiden" they mean the horse winning the first race of it's career. It does not mean they have to win the first race they run in. Some race horses never break their maiden until they are 3, 4, or 5 years old.Source(s): 5 years working with race horses.
- PNewmarketLv 61 decade ago
Within racing there are two definitions of a "maiden":
1. A horse that has never won a race.
2. A filly/mare that has never had a foal.
As has already been said, your term refers to a horse winning their first race.
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- Karin CLv 61 decade ago
A horse is said to have "broken his/her maiden" when it wins for the first time. A horse is a "maiden" until it wins a race.
- bwj1963Lv 51 decade ago
a horse has finally won it's 1st race
- 1 decade ago
To win for the first time!Source(s): Lone Star Park Racing Program
- ハーツクライLv 41 decade ago
not really....it just means te horse won its first race thats all it doesn't have to be in its first race
- ?Lv 51 decade ago
Her first win on her first outing!