04/03/2014 3:40PM

Oaklawn Park: Horse left out of gate declared non-starter


Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., refunded all wagers on Reagan Trinity in Thursday’s first race after she was not loaded into the starting gate. She was No. 9 in a nine-horse field of fillies and mares for the $16,000 conditioned claimer at 1 1/16 miles. Reagan Trinity was 5-2 on the tote board for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg.

Larry Snyder, a steward at Oaklawn, said the incident was simply due to “human error.” Terry Walker is the starter at Oaklawn.

“No one feels worse than Terry Walker,” Snyder said. “It was just one of those things that has happened to every starter that’s been in the business a long time.”

Snyder, a former jockey, added that during his riding career, he had experienced being left out of the gate with a mount. 

Reagan Trinity was declared a non-starter, according to Snyder.

Oaklawn refunded $8,400 to on-track patrons who bet on Reagan Trinity, said Jennifer Hoyt, a spokeswoman for the track. Hoyt said shortly after the incident that the amount of off-track wagers refunded was not yet available.

Oaklawn offered win, place, show, daily double, exacta, trifecta, and superfecta wagering on the first race Thursday.


mikey More than 1 year ago
All bets need to be refunded.This changes the make up of the race.Make it a non contest.Things like this hurt the game.Fine the starter or days off no pay.Maybe he had a bet and had a better chance with out that horse.I am sorry just don't cut it.Bo contest is the only way.
Labattdrinker More than 1 year ago
not only that, but u can tell the jockey on the 8 was like wtf?!?!
Mark Thomas More than 1 year ago
Yeah Mikey like you never made a mistake before. Sure you here about it when they make a mistake, but you don't give the starter and the gate crew any credit for getting half broke half schooled rouges that lazy trainers refuse to school at the gate in the a.m. out on a timely manner so you can cash your 2 dollar bet. Obviously Mikey you haven't spent any time around the backside to see how complicated the start of a race is. So give the guy a break. I've seen it happen 100 times. Its just one of those things. Sorry to see your 10 cent tri get messed up mikey
Railbird Brad More than 1 year ago
This Happened at Deleware when the better half of a entry 1 1A did not make it in the gate, the was no refund on the 4-5 shots because the other horse raced ,they should have declared the entry running for purse money only, .but the public got robbed.