Racing around a half mile circuit is highly tactical and this is where the driver’s skill comes into play.
Keeping to the inside of the track saves a lot of ground on the bends and there is much jockeying for position. Horses that cannot get onto the inside or in on the rail are said to be parked out and will either lose ground on the bends or be forced to use more energy sprinting faster on the outside track. However, a horse on the inside can get boxed in and fail to get a clear run when it matters. Position is very important throughout the race, and the draw which determines the horses’ starting position on the gate can be crucial. However there is one point where position matters most and that of course is the winning post!