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Question about track terms - What are the areas of the track called? (2399 Views)
Jester
Posted: Dec 20, 2004 at 11:19 AM - Jester's 6th post Copy Link
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Where is the backstretch? Are there other specific names for the turns (other than 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)?

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FullHouseRacing
Posted: Dec 23, 2004 at 12:32 PM - FullHouseRacing's 6th post Copy Link
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Ok, lets start by going through a race. The greyhounds will break from the 5/16th box, which is the one that is used most often in greyhound racing located closest to the grandstand. As they break out of the box, they run through a strait section, known as the frontstretch. They head into the first turn, which of course, is the first turn they come to. As they exit the first turn, they are in what is known as the escape. They then proceed past the escape into the backstretch, which is on the opposite side of the grandstand and usually is where the tote board is located. They then turn into the second turn , which is also known as the final turn, and is the final turn a dog will pass through in a standard 5/16th race. Finally they reach the area that was formerly known as the frontstretch, but usually is called the home stretch, which is where the photofinish line is located about 1/2 way through. The greyhounds stop where the lure stops which is known as the break, and is usually located about 1/2 way through the 1st turn. I hope this helps and isn't too confusing for you! If you have any more questions or need more clarification, just post again and I would be more than happy to help. Happy Holidays!

Cory Owens
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Jester
Posted: Dec 23, 2004 at 3:47 PM - Jester's 7th post Copy Link
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This is absolutely perfect!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

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jcsperson
Posted: Dec 23, 2004 at 6:08 PM - jcsperson's 47th post Copy Link
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Also, check out the track schematic right here on RFA:

http://www.raceforadoption.com/index.cfm?content=44&Menu=4

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rockingship
Posted: Jan 2, 2005 at 8:47 AM - rockingship's 100th post Copy Link
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The first turn is sometimes called the "escape turn" or at tracks like Raynham, which don't have an allritt lure, the "curtain" turn. Oldtimers like me, generally say that there are 4 turns to a 5/16ths race......the first turn is to the point of the "escape" turn....the 2nd turn is from the point of the escape to the beginning of the backstretch....the 3rd turn is from the end of the backstretch to the point of the far turn, and the 4th turn is from the point of the far turn, to the top of the homestretch.

A 3/8ths race, is then a "6 turn" race.

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Aushegun
Posted: Jul 8, 2005 at 10:41 AM - Aushegun's 4th post Copy Link
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Yep, that's how I always heard it described.


"I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult." - Rita Rudner

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