Lawyer Ron's Whitney Time Deemed Accurate

Edited press release

The winning time of 1:46.64 for Lawyer Ron in the July 28 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) has been confirmed as the nine-furlong, main-track record at Saratoga Race Course.

The time shattered the old mark first set at 1:47 by Tri Jet in 1974, prior to when races were timed in hundredths of a second. In the 2002 Whitney, Left Bank stopped the clock at 1:47.04.

Both the teletimer operator and New York Racing Association placing judge Stephen Foster hand-timed the race, as is normal procedure, and their results verified the teletimer result.

On July 30, the race was re-timed off the video recording of the Whitney before media representatives Jack Kelly of Equibase; Jerry Bossert, New York Daily News racing writer and president of the New York Turf Writers Association; and Mike Welch of Daily Racing Form. The race was hand-timed by Welch and Foster. Their timings were again consistent with the original teletimer result.

The final time of the Whitney was questioned in a DRF article that said it wasn't in sync with other times on the program.

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