LONGSHOT: an attempt or undertaking that offers much but in which there is little chance for success.


Probably this word, longshot, is most familiar from the realm of horse racing.  It is a horse that is not believed to be awfully good.  The odds on the horse winning are very low.   The person who bets on this horse is said to be betting on a longshot, who, if he wins, will pay […]

FINAL STRETCH: the last straight portion of the racetrack from the last curve to the finish line

As an old racetrack junkie, having grown up just a stone’s throw from Saratoga Springs, the strategies of the race have always intrigued me.   Some people may have the idea that a horse race is just a bunch of thoroughbreds who bolt from the gate and run as fast as they can around the track […]