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Shock And Awe At Hollywood Park: December 7, 1997

The date of December 7 is my signpost for both of two powerful psychological responses to witnessed events. Shock and awe are two of the few emotions that immerse us in the present moment while remolding our sense of time. Seventy-six years ago was the occasion that President Franklin Roosevelt would immortalize as the date […]

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Dead Heat Declared At Parx After Photo Finish Equipment ‘Malfunction’

A lengthy review of the finish in Sunday’s first race at Parx resulted in a ruling that Promise the Sky and Joywave had dead-heated for the victory. There is no official photo finish for the $7,500 claiming race, because, as noted in the chart on Equibase, there was a “malfunction” of the photo finish equipment. In […]

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Rainha Da Bateria, Starship Jubilee Dead Heat In Woodbine’s Dance Smartly

After a lengthy study of the photo finish, placing judges at Woodbine Racecourse declared a dead heat for the win in the G2 Dance Smartly Stakes between Lael Stables’ Rainha Da Bateria and Kevin Attard/Soli Mehta’s Starship Jubilee. The two mares covered 1 1/4 miles over the firm turf course in 2:02.92. Rainha Da Bateria […]

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Close Call: Distorted Online Photo Raised Questions About Del Mar Dead Heat

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet.” Honest Abe may have been right – even though I haven’t actually read that warning from him anywhere but on the Internet. Take, for example, photo finishes posted on the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club website. More specifically, look at the photo finish of Sunday’s […]

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Parkers Bluff, Songandabullet Finish in First Dead Heat At Emerald Downs 2014 Meet

The photo finish camera revealed the meet’s first dead heat for win in Friday’s feature race for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs. Parkers Bluff, ridden by Rocco Bowen, and Songandabullet, ridden by David G. Lopez, both ran six furlongs in 1:11.80 on a sloppy track. Parkers Bluff, the 5-to-2 betting favorite, paid $3.60, $3.60 […]

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Promising Medal Count Dead Heats with 53-1 Drover Road in Gulfstream Feature

In his first start since finishing off the board in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, Medal Count rallied late to earn a dead-heat victory with 53-1 longshot Drover Road in Sunday’s featured ninth race at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old son of Dynaformer was making his turf debut in the $48,750 […]

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Triple Dead-Heat Behind Boat Trip in Turf Express

A return to Betfair Hollywood Park proved the tonic for Boat Trip, a last-to-first winner of the $99,998 Hollywood Turf Express Sunday. Some five weeks removed from a 12th-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the 4-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday took full advantage of a three-pronged pace duel to win for the fourth […]

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Saratoga Race Has Rare Double Dead-Heat

The fifth race at Saratoga Race Course on Monday resulted in a rare double dead heat when the first two horses finished on even terms and the next two horses also arrived at the wire together. Front-running Indian Splendor, a 10-1 shot ridden by Jose Ortiz, was caught right at the wire by Bobby Jo […]

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Travers Stakes: First dead heat since 1874

In an electrifying finish, favored Alpha came back to hit the wire alongside 33-1 shot Golden Ticket Saturday afternoon at Saratoga Race Course, resulting in the first dead heat in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers since 1874. The 2-1 favorite off his victory in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy earlier in the meet, Alpha […]

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