Monmouth Park's sixth race on Saturday was run as a “no contest” after it was discovered that a tote malfunction would fail to lock wagering once the race commenced.
“The horses for the sixth race were on the track for nearly half an hour,” said Bob Kulina, vice president and general manager at Monmouth Park. “As always our primary concern is for the jockeys and the horses. To that end, we moved ahead and ran the race rather than have them on the track any longer.”
Typically, horses warm up on the track for 10 to 15 minutes before any given race. In addition to the long delay, temperatures were nearing the 90-degree mark at Monmouth on Saturday.
The sixth race was the start of the popular Pick 5 wager at Monmouth Park. Anyone who wagered on the Pick 5 received all runners in the sixth race and therefore moved ahead in that wager to the second leg, race seven.
“Fortunately the tote problem was corrected and the rest of the card commenced as scheduled,” Kulina said.
The sixth race, run for purse money only, was captured by Stormy Mirage, who took his eight turf course rivals wire-to-wire.
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