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The part of an oval racecourse farthest from the spectators and opposite the homestretch.
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1. (Horse Racing) a horse-racing term for back straight
2. (Athletics (Track & Field)) a horse-racing term for back straight
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the straight part of a racetrack opposite the part leading to the finish line.
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Though Aheadbyacentury continued to lead on the backstretch, the trio were slightly bunched as Thor's Rocket remained glued to the leader's flank, while Husbands sat three-quarters-of-a-length behind.
"You have people on the backstretch working in all kinds of jobs, and they are accumulating knowledge.
Clarcam, in the same ownership as the winner, set a moderate pace and led at the final fence, located on Belmont's backstretch, but Zanjabeel seized the lead early in the home straight before holding off the challenging Hinterland under Sean McDermott to win by a length and three-quarters.
The owner of Belmont challengers Vino Rosso and Noble Indy claimed Geroux was colluding with stablemate Justify and his jockey, Mike Smith, by looming second off the wire-to-wire leader around the clubhouse turn and down the backstretch. In simple terms, Geroux's ride served to block another thoroughbred's path to challenge the frontrunner, Repole claimed.
Among the activities of the association are raising funds and presenting scholarships to people working on the backstretch at the track, on farms and in veterinarians' offices, who are looking to further their education.
In 2003, Oaklawn trainer Robert Holthus described Charles Cella, who had worked in Oaklawn's backstretch as a teenager, as "probably a horseman first and a track owner second."
"It was windy on the backstretch, but it's always windy on the backstretch in Eugene.
got collected in the backstretch, drawing a red flag to clean up fluid on the track.
He not only won by a large margin, he just kept on running until he reached the backstretch where he did his Olympian "arrow" thing.
Matos was left with a wound in his stomach after the incident, which took place in the stable area on the backstretch of Delaware Park.
"Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack" was at Flushing Town Hall, Queens, NY, through June 2015.