08/24/2013 10:47PM

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.

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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.

Karem Bustillos More than 1 year ago
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.
Rob Smoke More than 1 year ago
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.
Steven Rockwell More than 1 year ago
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?
Steve Schnell More than 1 year ago
Unless he had all 3 horses alive on different tickets, there would be withholding. I've had it happen before...
Ming Chen More than 1 year ago
Love the racist comment. You have no shame but I am sure your mother is ashamed for you.
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Greg Michaels More than 1 year ago
You are so full of it
Fredo Brown More than 1 year ago
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.
David Merz More than 1 year ago
You're right. He accidentally pushed the button and every gate opened but the 1, because that always happens.
Ming Chen More than 1 year ago
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?
David Merz More than 1 year ago
The whole pool WAS distributed to everyone who hit 5 of 5, regardless of who those tickets had in the 6th leg.
Holybull More than 1 year ago
Because you are greedy.
Will More than 1 year ago
First day at the track, anyone?
Ming Chen More than 1 year ago
So it was my first day. Lol. Give a guy a break
George Russell More than 1 year ago
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
resty More than 1 year ago
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
darren g More than 1 year ago
Rule 1976.9 states that if a no contest is in the pick six sequence then the net pool is distributed to those tickets that have the most winners in the remaining 5 races. Unfortunately, the consolations get screwed. They should distribute the consolations as well but he payoff would be very low as there would be such a high number to payout.
resty More than 1 year ago
In that rule, is it stated that there would be no winner in the 5/6? If not, no matter how small the payoff be, they should declare it.
Pingus McHenry More than 1 year ago
The assistant starters and the jockeys did a great job controlling the horses. They are all very underappreciated.
Ming Chen More than 1 year ago
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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Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
You must really be a miserable person making all those racist and ethnic remarks. Look beyond skin color and ethnicity and religion and enjoy people.
Mark Campbell More than 1 year ago
Thinking a few other people could make that claim. It was the fair decision.
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
I will take your 4,751.00 if you do not want it...
W.G. More than 1 year ago
And what happens if they do run the race and a horse breaks down after all that? PETA would be all over Del Mar. They did the right thing by doing what they did.
Brian Rich More than 1 year ago
Oh, puleeze....
George Russell More than 1 year ago
What are you talking about ??? they didn't even take the time to examine the horses or jockeys, the stewards just took a lousy few minutes to call a non-race and take away the thrill of those going for daily doubles, pick 3's and four's and the pick six.
Brian Rich More than 1 year ago
Yeah, I was alve in the P-4, but ya know...STUFF HAPPENS...deal with it!
darren g More than 1 year ago
Ming, they divide the net pool between all the tickets with 5 winners. There were many that had 5.
Greg Michaels More than 1 year ago
THE WILL PAYS WERE: 1) 153K 2) 51K 7) 7K 8)153K 10) 12K 11) 51K 12)38K 13) 153K So where is your 250K donk?
Andrew More than 1 year ago
Ming I don't think you understand what a guarantee means. It is the size of the pool not the payoff. On a side note the 250K guarantee is not till Sunday anyway.
Will More than 1 year ago
Please get a clue! You didn't have 5 of 6. Stop making an #ss of yourself and disappear
Ming Chen More than 1 year ago
Laughing my way to the bank thanks for the tips