09/05/2016 1:20PM

Stewards declare horse a non-starter


DEL MAR, Calif. - Del Mar had to refund $527,606 in wagers on Sunday after Papa Papa Papa was declared a non-starter in race 9. The stewards ruled his break from the gate had been compromised because the gate opened simultaneous to an assistant starter grabbing his head to keep him straightened.

It was an unfortunate, split-second incident, but Papa Papa Papa got off well behind the field, rushed up, then tired and was eased. Stewards ruled he had not been afforded a fair chance, and ordered refunds.

All wagers that included Papa Papa Papa in the win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, and superfecta pools were refunded, along with those using him in the first leg in the day’s final daily double.

Chas 4 months ago
Wonder if it was the same stewards who ruled in the Breeders Cup Classic that Bayern and even Toast of New York didn't interfere with Shared Belief and Moreno, even though both horses 'body slam' the others coming out of the starting gate....the ruling was there was 'plenty of racing left' for Belief and Moreno to overcome their issue....
Frank 4 months ago
I wish they would do away with pick 6's -- this is what makes the races corrupt -- with these large pools of money and the tracks are able to control the out come...

Sure the started accidentally held on to horse to long - oh yea I believe that..


Steve Kendall 4 months ago
Pick 4 or Pick 6 you get the post time favorite!!!   Hello last day carryover!!!  Ripoffs