? How are post positions allotted?
•The post position, or the number of the stall that a horse breaks from, is entirely a matter of chance. After entries for a race have closed, the racing secretary takes the entry blanks, shuffles them and then picks one. Someone, often an owner or trainer, is invited to shake a numbered ball out of a bottle. The number that comes up is that horse's post position. This procedure is followed for all the horses in the race.
? At the start of a race, Horse A is left in the gate. What happens to the money that has been bet on him?
•If Horse A is not part of an entry or the field, the stewards determine whether the stall door of the starting gate failed to open or if he did not choose to run. If mechanical difficulties stopped A from running, all money bet on him is refunded upon the presentation of pari-mutuel tickets. If, however, the stall door opened and Horse A just did not run, no money is refunded.