Oaklawn Race Stopped After Gate Problem
Updated: Saturday, March 15, 2008 6:16 PM
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008 8:34 PM
Photo: Coady Photography
The gate crew at Oaklawn Park helps to stop the field after failing to remove the starting gate from the track during the ninth race on March 13.
The ninth race at Oaklawn Park March 13 was declared a non-event when track workers were unable to move the starting gate out of the way in time for the stretch run of the 1 1/16-mile allowance heat.
Officials said the tractor that pulls the gate malfunctioned.
Jockey Calvin Borel, who was aboard Richwood Silver, led the field of 11 3-year-old fillies into the stretch and was the first to recognize that the starting gate had not been moved. While gradually pulling his mount up, he shouted and waved an arm to his fellow riders to warn them. The other jockeys guided their mounts to the outside of the track and there no mishaps.
The track said that refunds would be made available on all applicable wagers.
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