What does the term "break her maiden" mean in horse racing?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    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

    Maiden Claiming

    claiming means the horse has a price tag on him and can be "bought" by another trainer/owner

    For Winners there are:

    Claiming

    all horses have a price tag and can be bought whether you want them to be or not

    Allowance

    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

    Starter Handicap

    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

    Stakes

    you have to pay a nomination fee to run and all carry the same weight

    Handicap

    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 start

    Source(s): I work in the racing department of a major racetrack
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  • Anonymous
    1 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.
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  • 1 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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  • tani
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    What Is A Maiden Race

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  • 1 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.

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  • 1 decade ago

    a horse has finally won it's 1st race

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  • 1 decade ago

    To win for the first time!

    Source(s): Lone Star Park Racing Program
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  • 1 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

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  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Her first win on her first outing!

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