inside track

the inner, or shorter, track of a racecourse.
an advantageous position in a competitive situation.

1855–60, Americanism Unabridged
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inside track
1.  the inner and therefore shorter side of a racecourse
2.  informal a position of advantage: the local man has the inside track in this contest

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Example sentences
After all, even though they are friendly and you have the inside track, they
  are still free to not consider you.
It's unclear which thinking has the inside track, according to the various
  media reports on the topic.
He has the inside track on a backup outfield job this season.
Some windows have stops installed on the inside track, which will also prevent
  the window from being opened to far.
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