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Before the gate

by Ray
(Las Vegas, NV.)

I have been around horse racing since the early sixties, I've written, did radio and gave seminars in the 90's and early 2000's in Houston so I am not trying to be funny when I ask this question.

I was watching a race from Belmont on TV, when the camera focused on a horse about to enter his post # 8 w Suddenly he stopped cold, lifted his tail and was about to do his business, that's when the gate assistant dragged him into the gate before he was able to start his business. The horse spurted out of the gate first (at single digit odds) and quickly did a steady decline.

My question is : does the fact that the horse had to go, take his attention away from racing ? Has anyone ever approached that question before ?

P.S. I certainly would feel uncomfortable being taken away from that situation, (again, not to be funny).

Answer: It is an unusual situation which may have had had some influence on the horse's performance.

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