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 The Preakness Stakes winner was installed as the 2-1 second choice behind 9-5 morning line favorite Tacitus during the Belmont Stakes draw on Tuesday at Citi Field in New York. John Cherwa,, "Tacitus, War Of Will early favorites after good draws for Belmont Stakes," 4 June 2019 The morning line favorite in a field of eight is trained by Dale Romans., "Clancy’s Call: Breeders Cup Day 1," 31 Oct. 2019 Based off the morning line, the Belmont Stakes boils down to two horses, War of Will and Tacitus. Liam Durbin,, "How to bet the 2019 Belmont Stakes: Liam Durbin handicaps the final leg of the Triple Crown," 6 June 2019 Bourbon War is the 7-2 third choice in the morning line for the Florida Derby. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Code of Honor, Hidden Scroll lead Florida Derby field," 29 Mar. 2019 Belmont Stakes runner-up Tacitus was the 5-2 morning line favorite. John Kekis, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby runner-up Code of Honor wins Travers Stakes," 24 Aug. 2019 But his claim to fame before the Derby was a second-place finish in the Florida Derby and a maiden win, so his morning line odds of 9-2 make little sense. Liam Durbin,, "How to bet the 2018 Belmont Stakes," 7 June 2018 Bob Ike’s DMR pick of the day SIXTH RACE: No. 4 Sedamar (3-1) Not too creative in here as the second choice on the morning line gets the call. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Welcome back to Golden Gate," 15 Aug. 2019 The morning line favorites will be formidable but this one offers some value for a trainer-jockey combo that is having a solid meet. Los Angeles Times, "Racing! Del Mar in the homestretch," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of morning line

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Morning line.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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