Odd Mix-Up In Christiana Stakes May Prompt Change In Scratch Procedures For Delaware

Dancing Rags (Union Rags) wins The Darley Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland on 10.07.2016

An odd situation ahead of the Christiana Stakes at Delaware Park on Wednesday led to one runner starting for purse money only. Dancing Rags, a Graham Motion trainee for owner Chadds Ford Stable, had been scratched ahead of the $ 50,000 race, though no one could quite figure out how that happened, according to The Racing Biz.

Motion said no one from his staff had called to scratch the horse, who was also entered in the Light Hearted Stakes on Thursday’s card in case the Christiana was taken off the turf. One of the Delaware Park stewards received a call to scratch the horse, which he thought came from the racing office, but Delaware Park executive director of racing John Mooney said no one from his office made the call.

Dancing Rags ultimately finished last in the race after pressing the early pace.

John Wayne, executive director of the Delaware Racing Commission, said the incident may prompt a change in scratch procedures. Currently, scratches are called in from the racing office to the stewards as they’re received, but in future the procedure will likely be a written system.

Read more at The Racing Biz

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