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Del Mar: Final Saturday race declared no-contest after gate malfunction
DEL MAR, Calif. – The 10th race at Del Mar on Saturday was declared a no-contest after one horse broke through the gate before the start, causing the starting gate to malfunction and triggering the opening of the stall doors for 10 of the other 11 runners.
Stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward reviewed video of the incident and consulted with track veterinarian Dana Stead before declaring the race a no-contest. No horses, jockeys, or members of the gate crew were injured in the incident, according to track officials.
As a result of the no-contest, the pick six was distributed to ticketholders with the first five winners, which paid $4,671. The 50-cent pick four was paid on the first three winners of the bet and were worth $114.50.
The daily double for the last two races was paid on combinations that had ninth race winner Appealing Resume and any runner in the 10th race, returning $21.80. The late pick three combination of 7-8-all paid $33.40.
The track announced that refunds of $1,002,713 were made in the win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, quinella, superfecta, and super high five pools.
The 10th race was scheduled at seven furlongs for $20,000 maiden claimers.
The incident started when Indian Spirit reared up and put his head over the front of the gate and broke through the stalls, causing the stall doors of all runners but No. 1 St. Valentino to open, according to track president Joe Harper. Harper spoke with starter Gary Brinson after the incident. Brinson told Harper that he never pressed the starter’s button to open the gates.
When Indian Spirit struck the front of the gate, the gelding did so with such force that most of the stall doors opened, Harper said. When that occurred, five horses – Tower Hour, The Gatekeeper, Cruel Spirits, Riseseastsetswest, and Supersonic Heat – ran out of their stalls, with a few galloping down the backstretch. Most did not run more than a few strides. Five horses remained in the gate – Excessive Tequila, Juan’s Corazonsito, Poshsky, Grand Gambler, and Warren’s Tyler S.
Indian Spirit unseated jockey Patrick Valenzuela at the gate during the incident. Indian Spirit came through the front of the stalls, but was held by an assistant starter, who was dragged down the front of the stalls. The assistant starter was not hurt, Brinson told track officials.
After the field was reassembled at the start, the stewards decided to declare the race a no-contest.
“Dana was about to scratch a horse,” Sawyer said. “After we watched it several times, there were too many that had broken through. A couple of them went down the track. It was a combination of things.”
Harper said he was in agreement with the stewards’ decision to abandon the race.
“It was the fair thing to do,” track president Joe Harper said.
I agree with Fredo Brown. I tried to reach someone at Del Mar Offices about 2 weeks ago due to being upset & concerned over the abundance of incidents happening since the meet started, not to mention messing up another past wager I had. No one repied and then this happens. I understand gate crew works hard but are tey partying too hard @ Good Ol' Del Mar?? CA racetracks are suffering, I'm afraid this might not shine a good light.
He's saying he never pressed the button, but last I checked the doors are held by a strong magnet ...and in ALL the cases I have witnessed, which amount to hundreds if not thousands -- if one door opens, it does not trigger the opening of other doors. Actually...you see this all the time. The idea that the horse hit it SO HARD that it literally triggered the opening of other doors is not how the gate is engineered. I don't know how he gets away with telling this story. My guess is he was just on the verge of hitting the button and was alarmed and hit it without realizing he hit it. I don't understand how anything else would even hold up -- I suppose his instinct in telling this story was that he wanted to avoid blame.
Payout were not "Rip off", more like a P5 with 5 of 5. Guy with us had three alive and pulled in just over 14K after an hour wait, and no withholding! He had a payout of probable of 9, 12 and 21k, so he was quite pleased. Maybe Chow Mein should parlay the 4K next out for his pick in the canceled race? Balls or no balls?
Brinson is the worst starter in the business. How many times this meet has he opened the gates with horses sideways, rearing up, etc.Don't believe his BS story. Socal racing is a racket.
I won five out of six so shouldn't the whole pool be distributed between those of us who did? Why do I only get a little over 4 grand?
It only took those coward stewards to call it a non-contest ??? For crying out loud, they had thirteen horses and only a couple warranted being scratched. Another rip off of the betting public. It took only 3 minutes to declare a non race but an hour to get the payoffs out. It always takes longer to SKIM and MANIPULATE the pools. Another crowd pleaser for the fan. George Russell
What happens to the 5 of 6 winner? I mean what if someone missed one of the first 5 legs of the pk6 and his last leg (leg 6) were all the horses, so should have been a sure winner in the 5/6. Just asking. Any comment
The assistant starters and the jockeys did a great job controlling the horses. They are all very underappreciated.
What a rip off. I had 5 out of 6 so I got ripped off for the guaranteed 250,000.00. How can they state that and now I only get 4,751?
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