Del Mar officials confirmed Wednesday that the final time registered
on its Teletimer of 2:00.69 for Sunday’s TVG Pacific Classic would
remain as the official time of the 10-furlong race.
In recent days, some outside sources had given rise to the thought
that the race time should have been posted as faster. However, an
extensive video review of the race, along with interviews with the
track’s timer and starter, as well as additional comparative time
studies all failed to substantiate any need for a change.
“The bottom line,” said the track’s director of racing and racing
secretary Tom Robbins, “is we haven’t seen or heard anything that tells
us a change is needed.”
The fractions for the track’s $1-million headline event were :24.19,
:47.96, 1:12.61 and 1:36.61. The winner was Game On Dude, who scored by
eight and a half lengths, a record margin for the race. His final time
was third-fastest of the Polytrack era, which began at Del Mar in 2007.
The track record for the distance is 1:59.54, established by last year’s winner, Dullahan.
Track timer Russell Hudak confirmed that watching replays of the race
left him with the impression that nothing unusual had occurred at the
start or during the running. As he does for every race, he also
hand-timed it and his clocking was in line with his standard findings
matched up to Teletimer figures.