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After Review, Officials Change Time of Charles Town Classic

Game On Dude holds off Ron the Greek to win 2013 CT Classic

Following a review by track officials, the Charles Town Board of Stewards and Equibase, the official fractions and final time for this past Saturday night's $1,500,000 Charles Town Classic, won by Game on Dude over Clubhouse Ride and Ron the Greek, have been amended.

After the fractions and final clocking for the Charles Town Classic appeared in question, the matter was reviewed by the parties on Tuesday morning.  With the most likely reason for the original timing being the inadvertent tripping of one of the timing beams by an outrider's pony, the decision was made to re-time the entire race by hand before arriving at what was believed to be the most accurate clocking.

As a result, the official fractions for the race will be recorded as  :24.12; :47.43; 1:11.32; 1:37.10 , with a final time of 1:49.93.  The originally reported final time was 1:52.27, but the new clocking of 1:49.93 stands just .07 seconds off the Charles Town Classic stakes record and .17 seconds off the track record for 1 1/8 miles, both held by Researcher.

“The important thing is that the timing has ultimately been recorded correctly without much of a delay,” said Charles Town's Vice President of Racing Operations Erich Zimny. “We obviously would have preferred it to be accurate the first time, but the issue was identified and corrected as soon as it could have been.”

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