morning line


Definition of morning line

: a bookmaker's list of entries for a race meet and the probable odds on each that is printed or posted before the betting begins

Examples of morning line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Exotic West and Varda, also Baffert, were the 3-1 second choices off the Jon White morning line. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Life Is Good wins in perplexing style," 3 Jan. 2021 The odds are morning line and actual betting has changed them. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Ready for the Kentucky Derby?," 28 Nov. 2020 Other top contenders Friday include Essential Quality (4-1 in the morning line) and Reinvestment Risk (9-2). Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Meet Jackie's Warrior, the way-too-early favorite for 2021 Kentucky Derby," 5 Nov. 2020 An early morning line of voters, most wearing masks, wrapped around all four sides of the Greenfield Community Center. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I could do a happy dance. Our voices will be heard:' Shadowed by pandemic, Wisconsin voters cast ballots in historic race," 3 Nov. 2020 Art Collector drew the No. 3 post position for Saturday’s Preakness and, at 5-2 in the morning line, is the second choice to Bob Baffert’s Derby winner Authentic (9-5). Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "After difficult Derby scratch, Louisville's Tommy Drury points toward Preakness," 29 Sep. 2020 Thousand Words is likely to be third choice in the morning line based on his upset of Honor A.P. in the Aug. 1 Shared Belief Stakes. Childs Walker,, "Preakness storylines: Can Derby champ Authentic assert himself as nation’s top 3-year-old?," 26 Sep. 2020 Though her record in graded stakes is comparable to or better than those of the top male competitors in the Preakness field, Swiss Skydiver is a 6-1 co-third choice in the morning line. Childs Walker,, "As the lone filly in Preakness field, Swiss Skydiver brings her road-warrior spirit to Pimlico," 2 Oct. 2020 Yes, the 1989 entry of Easy Goer and Awe Inspiring was also 3-5 in Battaglia's morning line, but that was two horses for the price of one. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "With Art Collector scratched, Tiz the Law could outclass this Kentucky Derby field," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of morning line

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

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3 Feb 2021

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