02/03/2017 12:36PM

Pegasus World Cup time lowered to track-record clocking

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Barbara D. Livingston
Arrogate has been credited with a time of 1:46.83 for his win in the Pegasus World Cup, which is a track record for 1 1/8 miles.

The official time of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup has been lowered nearly 0.80 seconds following a review by Gulfstream Park and its official timer, Trakus, according to an amended chart that was available late Thursday.

The official time of the 1 1/8-mile race will now be 1:46.83, according to the chart, 0.78 seconds faster than the 1:47.61 that was announced after the race. The new time is a record for the distance at Gulfstream, faster than the 1:46.86 that was posted by Lea in the 2014 Donn Handicap.

On Wednesday, Gulfstream Park officials had asked Trakus to perform an exhaustive analysis of the official time of the Pegasus, citing decisions by prominent speed-figure producers to modify their ratings for the race based on their belief that the official time was too slow. In a release Friday, Trakus said the review showed that there was “a minor anomaly in the underlying tracking data” as the winner Arrogate approached the finish line, resulting in a slower time.

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The final eighth of a mile was changed to 12.93. The final eighth had initially been recorded as 13.71. Arrogate won the Pegasus by 4 3/4 lengths over Shaman Ghost.

“Trakus regrets the incorrect reporting of the finish time and apologizes for any inconvenience caused to our partner, Gulfstream Park, their fans and horsemen, and all industry stakeholders,” the release said.

Trakus uses an array of antennas and transmitters inserted into horses’ saddlecloths to generate fractional times and finish times. The system, which is akin to a local GPS, has had trouble generating accurate times at Gulfstream in the past and has been criticized by some horseplayers, especially for timing issues arising in turf races.

The time of the Pegasus began to be questioned just after the race by private clocker Bruno DeJulio, who forwarded his concerns to Craig Milkowski, who produces speed figures for TimeFormUS. Milkowski conducted a detailed analysis of the time of the race using video-editing software and concluded that the time should have been approximately a second faster, he said this week.

Separately, Randy Moss, the television commentator who also produces speed figures for the company founded by Andy Beyer, conducted his own analysis of the race and concluded that the time was too slow.

Both Milkowski and Moss said they believed the most accurate time for the race was approximately 1:46.50, several lengths faster than the adjusted time on the new chart. Trakus said in its release that it determined the new time using a “frame-by-frame video-replay analysis.”

The TimeFormUS figure for Pegasus winner Arrogate was adjusted from a 134 to a 139, while his Beyer Speed Figure was adjusted from 116 to a 119. While the Beyer adjustment does not seem to be fully in line with a full-second adjustment to the time, Beyer said this week that figure makers believed that the track was playing faster later in the afternoon than it had been earlier in the day.