Aqueduct Plagued By Timing Issues, Malfunctioning Photo Finish Technology On Dec. 2 Card – Horse Racing News

Aqueduct Racetrack.

An equipment malfunction during Aqueduct’s sixth race on Dec. 2 left stewards to determine the order of finish by video. The starter allowance race was won by Electric Youth at odds of 10-1 over Chloe Rose, but after a delay, third place was determined to be a dead heat between Thegoddessofsnakes and Rosey’s Peach. No photo of the third place finish was shown after the official placings, and evidently one does not exist.

“NYRA is reviewing the circumstances that prevented the creation of a photo finish image of today’s 6th race at Aqueduct Racetrack,” said Pat McKenna, senior director of communications for the New York Racing Association, in a statement. “In the absence of that image, the placing judges reviewed the finish by utilizing the enhanced video replay system available to the stewards. Under the rules of racing in New York State, the placing judges have sole discretion in determining the order of finish, which was 5-2-1,8 (DH).”

According to the race’s chart, finish margins were collected manually by the chartcaller “due to an issue by Teletimer with the photo.”

Elsewhere on the race card, times were unavailable for the eighth race due to an unspecified timing issue noted in the chart. The quarter-mile time for the ninth race was also unavailable due to a timing issue.