Sooner State Stakes Declared "No Contest"
A starting-gate malfunction prompted the decision.
May 7, 2016
Edited press release
Saturday’s 400-yard, $100,000 Sooner State Stakes (RG1) for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park was declared a “no contest” by the stewards.
The starting gate did not release the field of eight in the 400-yard race simultaneously, prompting the no-contest decision. While most of the stall doors on the starting gate appeared to open properly, there were at least three of the stall doors that were late in opening.
After the field had crossed the finish line, the stewards posted an inquiry to review the start which included AJs High, the second-choice in the wagering, rearing in the gate as his rivals left. AJs High was one of the horses affected by the starting gate malfunction.
Sam Crow finished a head better than Sudden Separation for those that completed the 400-yard course. However, the result would not stand as the race was not allowed.
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