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Red Mile disqualification “was an easy call”

August 24, 2020
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Red Mile presiding judge Tim Schmitz told harness racing.com Monday morning that "it was an easy call" disqualifying the winning Lindy's Stardust in Race 11 on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. The dq came after Lindy's Stardust made a break on the lead approaching the three-quarters and after regaining her gait roared back in the stretch to cross the finish line first in 1:59.2.
 
David Miller was driving the odds-on 1-5 betting favorite for trainer Nifty Norman in the $3,400 conditioned trot and the 3-year-old filly opened up a five-length lead at the ;57 half-Mile market. Nearing the three-quarters Lindy's Stardust went off stride and was taken wide by Miller.
 
B Lisa and driver Mickey Pryor inherited the lead heading into the stretch. Lindy's Stardust got back on stride and rallied furiously to make up the 15 lengths or so she had fallen back by to best B Lisa by 1 1/2 lengths. The judges immediately posted the "inquiry" sign and subsequently placed Lindy's Stardust back to sixth, moving B Lisa back up as the winner.
 
"When she made the break she didn't lose ground quick enough," said Schmitz. "We timed it and she stayed alongside the other horse (B Lisa) for 8.3 seconds before she lost ground. She didn't lose any ground to the trailing horses."
 
When asked by harnessracingup.com, Miller would only confirm what Schmitz said, and that he was told he didn't lose ground quick enough with the breaking filly trotter.
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