North Randall Stall Gate Causes Unusual Incident: Partially Blocks Track While Thursdays Final Race Is Run, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-16


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North Randall Stall Gate Causes Unusual Incident Partially Blocks Track While Thursdays Final Race Is Run NORTH RANDALL, Ohio, June 15.— An unusual circumstance accompanied the running of the one mile and 70 yards eighth race here at Randall Park yesterday when the starting gate was rendered immovable because of a mechanical failure. The field was dispatched in front of the grandstand and, in the process of towing the stall gate off the track to the outer rail, a pin in the steering apparatus snapped, freezing the mechanism, according to local track officials. The stall gate partially blocked the track, leaving a gap of about 25 feet open between the inner rail and the gate structure. Alert members of the starting crew advanced up the track while the field was on the backstretch to warn riders through the stretch running, of the obstacle. Five horses figured in the race. Spin In led through the stretch with Truthful Bud lapped on her and the pair crossed the finish wire without altering positions. Bitter Quill, who was in fourth position at the furlong marker, was pulled up by her rider, while the remaining two entrants, Tetra-dan and Jab Me passed through the gap and finished third and fourth, respectively. Following the race a refund was made of all monies wagered on Bitter Quill. The refund on Bitter Quill amounted to ,043 deducted from a pool of 8,281. Track officials stated today that ordinarily the stall gate is towed on a runway into the centerfield but recent heavy rains softened the ground, making this procedure prohibitive. Track superintendent F. G. MacMahn ordered several truck loads of crushed rock poured on the runways this j t morning and the former method of remov-I ing the stall gate to the centerfield will be I resumed today.

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