have the inside track

have the inside track

to have an advantage in a competitive situation Of the three advisors, Maddie may have the inside track because her personality fits perfectly with the president's. In this year's election, we've got the inside track, and the horse on the inside track is me.
Etymology: based on the inside curve of the track for horse races, which is not as long as the outer part and gives an advantage to the horse running in that position
See also: have, inside, track

have the inside track

  (mainly American)
to have a special position within an organization or a special relationship with a person that gives you advantages that other people do not have (often + with ) He thinks I have the inside track with the director so he keeps hassling me for information.
See know inside out
See also: have, inside, track
References in periodicals archive ?
Both teams have beaten traditional SCIAC power La Verne, and the winner of this game will have the inside track to challenging Redlands for a conference crown.