The Starting Barrier

When Sir Barton and company started a race, they didn’t load into a starting gate like we are so familiar with now. They stood at the barrier, sometimes webbing and other times rope or something similar, and then would go when that was raised. This brief video is from the 1918 Kentucky Derby, won by the legendary Exterminator. Watch it for the brief shot of the race’s start as well as the stretch run.

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