Ask Ray: Ponies, Run-Ups And Timing The Races

Ask Ray returns this week with questions from readers about Ask Ray (as in, “Where ya been?”) and other, more important, matters pertaining to racing.

Speaking of matters pertaining to racing, be sure to tune in on Sunday morning, Aug. 16, at 10 a.m. ET for the 68th annual Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing. It will be The Jockey Club’s first (and, hopefully, last) pajama party Round Table done digitally at remote locations because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will be viewable at, TVG or Racetrack Television Network.

Don’t show up at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Sunday morning expecting free coffee and pastries.

This edition of Ask Ray features a question from a reader about the outriders and pony people we see at the racetracks (along with a question about one of the most recognizable ponies in the sport, Harley the Appaloosa).

Ray also attempts to explain run-up distances from the starting gate to the timing pole and the timing of races, which is undergoing a transformation at some tracks from the traditional light-beam teletimer to GPS systems.

If you’ve got questions for Ray, send them to Ask Ray  at He’ll do his best to get you an answer.

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