geld·​ing | \ ˈgel-diŋ How to pronounce gelding (audio) \

Definition of gelding

1 : a castrated animal specifically : a castrated male horse
2 archaic : eunuch

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The trainer is looking at the Aug. 17 Green Flash Handicap — whose status has been raised to Grade III — for the 7-year-old gelding, who has two seconds and a third in three starts in 2019. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar racing preview: Horsemen weigh options in uncertain times," 16 July 2019 First post is set for 12:45 p.m. The Bashford Manor (5:59 p.m. post time) sports a field of 10 colts and geldings and is led by 9-5 morning-line favorite Phantom Boss. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Two-year-olds highlight Saturday's closing day of Churchill Downs' Spring Meet," 28 June 2019 The 7-year-old gelding has won 10 races in 35 starts, including eight victories at Gulfstream Park. Christian Simmons,, "Defending champ Stormy Embrace favored in Princess Rooney at Gulfstream’s Summit of Speed," 28 June 2019 American Currency, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Hollendorfer and George Todaro of Seattle, suffered a leg injury during a training run and had to be euthanized. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Hall of fame horse trainer says he wasn’t warned before being banned," 26 June 2019 On Saturday, American Currency, a 4-year-old gelding, suffered a leg injury while exercising and was put to death, the racing board said — the fourth horse trained by Jerry Hollendorfer to have died this season. Alex Johnson, NBC News, "Santa Anita's racing season closes with sport of kings on the line," 24 June 2019 River of Doubt, a 3-year-old filly, died on Nov. 11 and Defiantly, a 6-year-old gelding, was euthanized on Jan. 6 after breaking down. Emily Caron,, "Hall of Fame Trainer Banned After 30th Horse Dies at Santa Anita Park," 22 June 2019 Now, the gelding draws the comfortable outside post and moves up to a restricted $16,000 claimer that has conditions that allow horses that have won for $12,500 or less to qualify. John Cherwa,, "Racing! A visit with the backstretch workers," 21 June 2019 Jockey Tiago Pereira raised his riding crop in his right hand and struck the four-year-old gelding four times in the space of one-sixteenth of a mile. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Horse racing should make whip violations more painful for jockeys," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of gelding

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gelding

Middle English, from Old Norse geldingr, from gelda

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English Language Learners Definition of gelding

: a male horse that has had its testicles removed


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Medical Definition of gelding

: a castrated animal specifically : a castrated male horse

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