A Daily Racing Form race chart gives more information about a race than any other sports summary, including baseball and basketball box scores and football and hockey resumes.
A racing chart, in just a few inches, details the progress of the horses at several points around the track and includes the margins that separate all the horses in the field. The margins are noted in superior figures next to the horse's running position.
Also to be found in the chart--the complete version carried in the Form--are the date of the horse's previous race and where he finished; the conditions of the race he's running in; the purse value; the names of the jockeys, trainers and owners; the claiming price if there is one; the closing odds; the time of the race (both the final time and the early fractions); the mutuel payoffs, and breeding information on the winner.
But if the top half of the chart is the heart of the race, the footnotes at the bottom are the soul. It is in the footnotes that the Form's track man--the chart caller--can editorialize about his view of the race. Consider Jon White's footnotes of A Sign of Luck's victory the other day at Santa Anita: