Dashing Beauty time revised

The final time of Sunday’s six-furlong Dashing Beauty Stakes for fillies and mares at Delaware Park has been revised downwards to 1:12.10 in the official Equibase chart. The original time on the broadcast of the races and in the chart had been 1:13.39.

Delaware has had numerous issues with timing races this year, and the charts have frequently pointed these out. In this case, the chart notes that the race “had a timing discrepancy” and that the company used video review to determine the most accurate time.

Delaware uses a beam-style timing system, and from time to time, objects, horses, and people might block the beam or trigger it to start early.

In the case of the Dashing Beauty, the change in time followed questions raised by The Racing Biz to Equibase field staff. The original time seemed implausible, given the times of other races that day. For example, a $25,000 maiden claimer in the first race went six furlongs in 1:13.17, slightly faster than the initial Dashing Beauty time. And the nightcap, a bottom $6,250 maiden claimer, got the distance in 1:13.54.

The new fractions are as follows: quarter-mile, 22.08 seconds; half-mile, 45.65 seconds; five-eighths, 59.06, and final, 1:12.10. The discrepancy is entirely in the first quarter, which initially was recorded as 23.37 seconds.

Night Cap, trained by Horacio De Paz for DEA Thoroughbred Racing LLC, won the Dashing Beauty by nearly five lengths at odds of 8-1. With Flavien Prat in the irons, Night Cap earned the first stakes win of her career.