Stalkers Like to Pick Their Spots

Usually behind the front-runners early in the race are the “stalkers,” which are horses that pace themselves early on but stay within reach of the front-runners. When the front-runners tire, the stalkers often times have enough energy to make a late hard charge for the win. Stalkers and front-runners both can be strong runners and could push themselves too hard through the early and middles stages of a big race. When that happens, both types of horses can tire at the end, although if a stalker is in good condition and has saved some energy for the final leg, a hard charge could propel the horse to a win. If there are too many stalkers, it is possible for the horse to get boxed in by others and likely will wind up finishing out of the money. Stalkers tend to do well in medium to long races where front-runners are more likely to tire.