rail bird

railbird

[reyl-burd]
noun Informal.
1.
a horse-racing fan who watches races or workouts from the railing along the track.
2.
any kibitzer or self-styled critic or expert.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; rail1 + bird in sense “frequenter,” as in jailbird, yardbird

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