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 Meanwhile, Easter and Astronomer appear to be the top threats to defending champion and heavy morning line favorite Hong Kong Harry in Saturday’s Turf Festival feature, the 1 1/16-mile, Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap for older horses. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Nov. 2023 Foremost among his rivals is promising but lightly raced First Mission, who is rated second at 7-2 on the morning line and is coming off a second-place finish behind Pegasus contender Trademark in the Nov. 24 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. Clark Spencer, Miami Herald, 25 Jan. 2024 The 5-2 morning line favorite in the seven-furlong test on the main track is Chancery Way, a 4-year-old daughter of Mr. Big out of the barn of Northern California trainer Jamey Thomas. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2023 Prince of Monaco and Muth are the 4-1 second favorites on the morning line. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2023 Owners Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolph will take their horse into the race at 4-1 odds on the morning line at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ. Naaima Abd-Elhameed,, 4 Aug. 2023 At 15-to-1 on the morning line, Verifying is going to be worth a shot. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 5 May 2023 The morning line maker wasn’t impressed with Reincarnate and has him at 50-1. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2023 The favorite, Celebrity Bambino, is at 2-1 In the morning line odds. Naaima Abd-Elhameed,, 4 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of morning line was circa 1935

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“Morning line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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