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Inaugural Showing Up ends in Dead Heat

Showing Up DH
Photo: Gulfstream Park
It must have been the weekend for dead heat finishes because just a day after Bahnah and Brazen Persuasion hit the wire together in the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes, Backseat Memories and Grand Tito had to settle for a draw in the first running of the Showing Up Stakes at 8.5 furlongs over Gulfstream Park’s turf course.
 
 
Despite never before having tried the grass, Sr. Quisqueyano was sent to post as the favorite. Given that he was the obvious class of the field, the bettors’ confidence in him really came as no surprise. Under jockey Carlos Olivero, Sr. Quisqueyano looked well on his way to paying dividends to his backers until the field turned for home. Despite being allowed to get away with glacial fractions, the bay Elusive Quality colt was unable to continue to show the way on the new surface.
 
 
As Sr. Quisqueyano backpedaled, Grand Tito took over the lead and kicked on for home. Behind him, Backseat Memories ducked to the inside to find racing room and charged in hot pursuit after the leader. The green-blinkered Backseat Memories managed to head Grand Tito in deep stretch, but the Candy Ride colt was not giving up so easily. Showing enormous heart, Grand Tito battled back, and two noses, one in green blinkers and the other in blue blinkers, hit the wire simultaneously.
 
 
The drama did not end with the photo, however, as Backseat Memories then had to survive an inquiry in order for his share of the win to stand. Manoel Cruz, the jockey aboard third place finisher Starship Zorro, lodged a protest against Fernando Jara, Backseat Memories’ jockey for interference. When Backseat Memories shifted to the inside to make his move, Starship Zorro appeared to be pinched back as Backseat Memories drifted in and Dr. Chase drifted out. After reviewing the film, the stewards disallowed the protest. El Jefe Grande, Dr. Chase, Saturday Special, and Boy of Summer ran fourth through seventh. Sr. Quisqueyano, who set the pace, faded to finish eighth and last.
 
 
Today’s Showing Up victory was Backseat Memories’ second career stakes win and Grand Tito’s first. Back in May, Backseat Memories won the Mambo Meister Stakes at 8.5 furlongs over Calder’s turf course. Grand Tito, who had a late start to his career, just broke his maiden at third asking last out. The nicely bred Grand Tito finished 7th in his career debut on the dirt before losing his turf debut by a neck. Trainer Antonio Sano was quite pleased with his colt’s performance and stated that he could run in another stake in Florida or ship north to Saratoga. 

 

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Calling a Dead Heat when you can't prove for or against it is fair, in my opinion. Everybody wins.
put up a Mrs Tweedy Secretariat shot, Snow Chief;s Preakness and a poor imgae of Swale which I will reshoot soon
well it is not going too well as of yet
Outstanding! Man, I've been looking forward to that one! Thanks!
Jay....I am putting up Swal tonight I think so look for it
the situation with the iris was at a job where we only had a single camera..Woodbine has 6 available for each race: two on the poly, two for the standardbred track and two on the grass.
Another time the automatic iris failed so the image I got was totally washed out and all the manipulation I had at my disposal would not bring the image into accurate focus...They called dead heat there too as the default position of an unviewable race...Even slowed down the DVD image do make sure. AGAIN (that's why they are stewards and not me) they did the right thing.
There are times when you cannot ACTUALLY SEE the dead heat and it is called as the default position of a UNVIEWABLE race. We had a grass contest where the horses bodies suggested that their noses were going to be very close. Because the horse CLOSER to the rail hah its actual nose covered by an extended tail, we had to go to the mirror image to find it. Lo and behold that image too was blocked......The stewards did the right thing, the thing they have the right to do by the power they are given: they called DEAD HEAT because it was strongly suggested but not proveable...happend the one time only
I'm not a photo finish cameraman or a steward, but logically speaking, I didn't think it was possible to blow a dead heat call. Our technology is just too good. Thanks for the input, tv.
Thanks for the insight tv. Interesting.
i meant fool proof there
LOOK, if anyone here should know a dead heat, it is a photo finish cameraman, YOU cannot cheat into one (today, could in the past using a thicker wire over the enlarged negartive and burying one of the noses into it to make it look tied) but NOT today........The entire digital scan is presented to the palcing judge and the stewards and it is IN THIER POWER to call the order of finish which then they call down to the parimutuel clerks......We blow the image soemtimes 3 - 400% until the pixels start making the nose area bumpy and innacurate.....I have NEVER seen a called dead heat that I did not agree with. I have, in the past, had to pull up old photos to insure some nervous owner that he was not getting screwed and NEVER have had to change my or the track's position on the placing. The only time you might not get an accurate reading would be if the camera were not callibrated EXACTLY 90 degrees to, and be right ON the finish line, HOWEVER, there is a target that one uses to test the camera each day to insure its alignment and I wold not last too long at my job if one of the federal overseers ever came up to look things over and found it to be off. I shoot TWO camera views of each finish: wide angle and regular angle and do an internal check by putting the placing line over an image on one shot and them making sure it aligns EXACTLY on the same horse's nose on the other camera. I have had misalignments in the past, but they were always corrected before ANY new races were photographed. It is not full proof, but with the internal checks and balances, ALMOST so.
It was a DEAD HEAT in a photo... just like EvanAuonna or someone saying Alpha won the Travers by a "millimeter". It WAS a dead-heat. End of story.
I don't see how you can say that Backseat Memories won that outright, jmac.
I had the ONE in our 10th today here at Woodbine, tell me about it!
screwed me outta a lot of money.
we had another one today for the show
That dead heat was a joke, Backseat Memories won outright.

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