Arlington Race Voided as Turf Rail Collapses

Several sections of fence fell onto course Sept. 15 when horse brushes a weak spot.

The ninth race at Arlington Park Sept. 15 was declared no contest by the stewards when several sections of the turf rail came apart and fell onto the course in front of the field, causing interference to most of the horses in the one-mile turf race (VIDEO).

The no-contest declaration meant a refund of several wagers and affected all multi-race exotic bets.

Stewards Joe Lindeman, Steve Morgan, and Pete Kosiba Jr. said in a statement: "It appeared there was a very small gap in the turf rail on the far turn. A horse brushed the rail at that exact spot that caused several sections of the rail to come apart, landing on the course.  Several horses either had to jump or otherwise try to avoid the rail and as a result we had to declare the race a no contest."

All win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, and superfecta bets were refunded as was the Daily Double that started with race 9. 

All other multi-race wagers involving the ninth race, including the Pick 3 that started with race 9, became an "all" for that race. As a result, the $2 Daily Double (10-ALL) paid $21.40, the $1 Pick 3 (5-10-ALL) was worth $95.30, and the 10-cent Pick 9, which ended with race 9, paid on 6 of 9 for $33.93. There will be a Pick 9 carryover pool of $8,249 into Sunday's card.