04/23/2013 3:03PM

Final time of Charles Town Classic adjusted

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Game On Dude wins the Charles Town Classic. The final time of the race was adjusted to 1:49.93 on Tuesday.

The official final time of last Saturday night’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic – won by Game On Dude – has been changed to 1:49.93, which is 2.34 seconds faster than what was originally posted.

The final time, as well as the internal fractions, were changed following inquiries by several parties and a review by Charles Town officials, the track’s board of stewards, and Equibase. The new final time was hand-timed off a replay.

The internal fractions originally recorded as 25.96 seconds for the quarter, 49.37 for the half, 1:13.38 for six furlongs, and 1:38.85 for a mile now will be recorded as 24.12, 47.43, 1:11.32, and 1:37.10.

The final time 1:49.93 is just .07 of a second off the Charles Town Classic stakes record and .17 of a second off the track record for 1 1/8 miles. Both of those records are held by Researcher.

According to a press release issued Tuesday afternoon by Charles Town, the most likely reason for the original timing being incorrect was the inadvertent tripping of one of the timing beams by an outrider’s pony.

“The important thing is that the timing has ultimately been recorded correctly without much of a delay,” said Erich Zimny, Charles Town’s vice president of racing operations. “We obviously would have preferred it to be accurate the first time, but the issue was identified and corrected as soon as it could have been.”

The Beyer Speed Figure of 106 assigned Game On Dude will not be changed as it was made reflecting that the time was approximately two seconds faster than originally posted.