Inside track

Inside track is an idiom that originated in America. We will examine the meaning of the common saying inside track, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

Inside track means an advantage or a leg-up in a competition. When one has the inside track, it may mean that he has relationships that give him an advantage in a situation or it may mean he has information or abilities that give him an advantage in a situation. The expression inside track originated in the United States in the mid-1800s and is related to the sport of horse racing. Horses that are positioned closest to the inside of the track at the beginning of a race are considered to have the advantage, and once the race begins, horses vie for the inside position on the track because the distance around the oval track is shortest on the inside rail.

Examples

But in this unusual, shortened season, Saxons coach Mitch Olson and Vaqueros coach Mike Enright both have similar sentiments going into Thursday night’s showdown at Glover Stadium: Getting the inside track on a potential league title is secondary after all that both teams have gone through due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Orange County Register)

CNN has launched Royal News, a weekly newsletter bringing you the inside track on the royal family, what they are up to in public and what’s happening behind palace walls. (Press-Enterprise)

LONDON: Golf fans in Saudi Arabia can now get the inside track to the Kingdom’s plans for the game via Golf Saudi’s brand-new podcast – Power of the Game. (Arab News)