Washington, PA – Talk about missing the curtain call, Lady Broadway never even made it to the theater for her $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Final at The Meadows Friday night.
As track announcer Roger Huston looked through his binoculars and counted the horses on the track for the 6th race final for three-year-old trotting fillies, they could only count seven fillies. Everyone kept waiting for Lady Broadway to come out of the race paddock so the race could go off.
She never showed and after a long delay it was announced that Lady Broadway was scratched and refunds and exchanges could be made on wagers that included her in the betting.
Eventually the field got behind the starting gate and the results were that her two stablemates, Classic Martine and Frau Blucher, finished in a world record dead heat for win in 1:53.2. It was the fastest dead heat finish in the history of trotting races. Trainer Chris Oakes could not have been happier, maybe…
Oakes also trains Lady Broadway and said that she was sick and never left her stall to come to the races Friday.
“I was kinda surprised that no one noticed,” Oakes said. “She never showed up for the six hour detention barn.”
The communications breakdown happened early on at The Meadows and was never realized until long after the post parade for the race. It seems hard to believe in this day and age of added security and check lists that not one racing official would notice and question that a horse never showed for its detention barn requirement, that it never came to the race paddock and had ID or equipment checked, its stall, saddle pad and head number never touched, failed to post parade and caused all the other horses in the race to have to stay on the track milling around for twice the normal time. Perhaps the communication breakdown was only between the race officials and the mutuels department.
Needless to say it seems that a lot more went unnoticed than just Lady Broadway missing her opening act!
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com