Decoded: The Belmont Stakes Edition: What exactly is a roughie?

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When it comes to horse races, The Belmont Stakes are amongst one of the most popular! Next to The Kentucky Derby and Preakness, it's one of the most anticipated horse races year round. Held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York -- this 1.5 mile thoroughbred race draws in millions of viewers each year and is one of the top attended events in American thoroughbred racing history.

In honor of this year's Belmont Stakes being held this Saturday (June 6th) at 8:30 a.m. for it's 147th run, we've decided to decode an extremely well known horse racing term that you just might need to know if you plan on attending this highly anticipated event.

If you've ever been to a horse race or know any horse race aficianados, you may have encountered the word "roughie" at one time or another. So, what exactly does it mean? According to allhorseracing.ag, a roughie is "a horse which is considered to have a rough chance of winning a race." In other words, if you pick a "roughie" and they take home the win, your personal winnings will be much higher because of the chances involved.

For instance, "Wow! I can't believe Tale of Verve took home the medal. He was definitely a roughie!" So, now you know -- if you ever consider a certain horse a long shot to win, they're more than likely your idea of a "roughie."

For more information on this year's Belmont Stakes see BelmontStakes.com.

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Decoded: The Belmont Stakes Edition: What exactly is a roughie?
Tonalist, left, with Joel Rosario up edges out Commissioner with Javier Castellano up to win the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Jockey John Velazquez rides Palace Malice, far right, to victory in the 121st running of the Metropolitan horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes will be held at the park later in the day. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
Real Solution (8) with Javier Castellano up leads the pack down the home stretch to win the 113th running of the Manhattan horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Real Solution with Javier Castellano up crosses the finish line to win the 113th running of the Manhattan horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, center, walks near the grandstand at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. Holder spoke briefly with former jockey Ron Turcotte, who rode Secretariat to a Triple Crown victory, during his visit to the park. The Belmont Stakes will be held there later in the day. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Palace Malice with John Velazquez up walks back down the track to the winners circle after winning the 121st running of the Metropolitan horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Palace Malice, right, with John Velazquez up, crosses the finish line ahead of Goldencents with Mike Smith up during the 121st running of The Metropolitan horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Jockey John Velazquez rides Palace Malice, far right, to victory in the 121st running of the Metropolitan horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes will be held at the park later in the day. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
Feathers adorn the hat of a racing fan at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes horse race, the third leg of the Triple Crown, will be held a the park later in the day. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Edwin Collazo, of the borough of Brooklyn, in New York, wears a hat paying tribute to favorite California Chrome before the Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn, left, signs a hat tossed to him by an autograph seeker before the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
One of many racing fans wearing large hats walks through Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. Race horse California Chrome is the favorite to win the Belmont Stakes at the park later in the day. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
A woman passes silhouettes of race horses at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes will be held at the park later in the day. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
James Allen takes a photo of a statue of Triple Crown winner Secretariat in the paddock at Belmont Park during the undercard races for the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A racing fan wears a nasal strip at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. Race horse California Chrome, who also wears nasal strips, is favored to win the Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown at the park later in the day. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Shannon Flannigan of the borough of Brooklyn in New York wears nasal strips at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. Race horse California Chrome, who also wears nasal strips, is favored to win the Belmont Stakes and Triple Crown at the park later in the day. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A horse racing fan smiles as she walks through Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome will run in the Belmont Stakes horse race at the park later in the day.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Barbara Alcide of the borough of Brooklyn in New York reacts to a winning bet on a horse race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes will be held at the park later in the day. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Jockey Victor Espinoza, right, looks over artwork by Susan Sommer-Luarca before riding in an undercard race at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. Espinoza will ride favorite California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes later in the day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Jen Hylkema, left, Rosalie Chamiel, center, and Annie Westlake cheer at Belmont Park before the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Artist Susan Sommer-Luarca, of Springfield, Mo., paints an image of Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome outside the grandstand at Belmont Park during the undercard races for the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Exercise rider Chris Davis strokes Belmont Stakes entrant Medal Count's mane before a workout at Belmont Park, Friday, June 6, 2014, in Elmont, N.Y. Medal Count will be one of ten challengers looking to spoil California Chrome's bid at a Triple Crown when they race in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race on Saturday. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 07: Fans watch a race prior to the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 07: Fans watch a race prior to the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 07: Fans make their way into Belmont Park prior to the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 07: Race fans are seen prior to the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 07: Race fans are seen prior to the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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