Desormeaux: ‘I Believe They Can Make The Wire Where They Want’

by | 12.13.2016 | 3:07pm
Kent Desormeaux

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux is skeptical about the validity of horse racing's photo finish systems. According to, Desormeaux expressed his doubts at the annual assembly of the Jockeys' Guild in Las Vegas Monday, following a presentation on integrity issues.

“I don't believe in the validity of the photo finish system, not at all as a matter of fact,” said Desormeaux. “I believe they can make the wire where they want. When we're going 40 miles per hour, you can change the finish by a centimeter and show that the horse's nose is on the line or isn't on the line.”

The current photo finish system features a camera placed at the wire that takes 1,000 to 2,000 images per second, capturing each horse as it reaches the wire.

“The (Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau) has not seen one instance—not one instance—in which there has been evidence a fraudulent photo finish has been perpetrated,” said Curtis Linnell, the TRPB's executive vice president of wagering analysis and operations.


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