Gate Errors? Spa Race Contested At Wrong Distance

by | 08.10.2018 | 3:06pm
The Turf Triple series will feature 3 races in each division between Saratoga and Belmont Park

The fifth race on Wednesday at Saratoga was written as a 1 1/16-mile contest over the turf course, but reports that video replays confirm that the starting gate was not in the right place, and horses actually ran 1 1/8 miles.

Original fractions on the race were extremely slow and initiated the concern: :29.69, :53.50, and 1:19.50. Corrected fractions were reported, as well as a final time for the 1 1/16-mile distance, but the Equibase chart gives the official final time as 1:50.51 for 1 1/8 miles.

Stewards are reported to be looking into the incident.

“This race was scheduled for one mile and one sixteenth but was run at one mile and one furlong due to the gate being placed in the wrong location,” read the comments on the Equibase chart. “The times were adjusted from the video and compiled by subtracting six seconds from the time on video.”


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