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