Due to what is called a “timer malfunction,” J B Quick’s winning time for Thursday’s sixth race at the Gulfstream Park West meet has been adjusted to 1:11.27 for six furlongs on the dirt track at Calder Casino.
As we reported Thursday afternoon on this blog, the time posted at the end of the race was 1:08.72. That was faster than the Calder track record of 1:08.95 that Forty One Carats set in winning the then ungraded Smile Sprint Handicap on Oct. 7, 2000.
Later on Thursday, the Equibase chart for Thursday’s sixth race listed new fractions and a new final time.
In the chart, Equibase said (in capital letters) RACE WAS HAND TIMED DUE TO TIMER MALFUNCTION.
We will attempt to get a further explanation from Gulfstream Park officials. Gulfstream is holding the GP West meet under a lease agreement with Calder.
None of the other Thursday times at GP West were listed as being adjusted.
The adjusted difference for J B Quick was 2.55 seconds—the equivalent of about 15 lengths. His Equibase speed figure for the race was not readily available. But it did not surpass his previous best of 89.
Even though J B Quick’s time was adjusted, it is still a situation where many times on the Calder dirt track have been fast for Calder standards in the GP West meet that opened Oct. 8.
For example in Thursday’s fourth race, a $35,000 optional claimer, the 2-year-old colt Cinderela El Crome won at six furlongs in 1:10.12. He received a 96 Equibase figure, which is good for a 2-year-old.
In Wednesday’s seventh race, the 3-year-old gelding Spintalk broke his maiden when he won in the fast-for-Calder time of 1:23.24 for seven furlongs on the track listed as fast. He received a 91 Equibase figure.