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Chalk horse?

Posted by Platypus on October 01, 2004

In Reply to: Chalk horse? posted by David FG on October 01, 2004

: : "Never bet on a chalk horse". I heard this on an episode of "Law and Order" last night. I've never seen a pale, thoroughbred horse, and I'd like to know if "chalk horse" is a horse race term for something other than color.

: I'm no gambler so I could well be completely off-track here, but might it refer to the figures carved into the chalk hillsides in many Southern English counties (these take many forms, but a large number are horses.)

: It would certainly be a mistake to bet on one to win any sort of race!


The scene in question took place at an OTB (off-track betting) in New York City. I'm fairly certain it relates directly to horse racing and gambling.