A horse that likes to be at or near the front of the pack and often times competes for the lead early in a race is known as a “front-runner.” Front-runners typically start out very strong and can finish strongly if they are in excellent shape, and tracking their recent workouts and race results can help to determine if they are in good physical condition or might be recovering from an injury and be out of shape. Front-runners typically do best in races where they are the only front-runners and can get out to a large early lead and finish well ahead of the pack. When challenged by other front-runners, the horses might push themselves too hard and fade at the end when they tire out. Shorter races can prove beneficial to front-runners, but when in excellent shape, they can do well in longer events, too.