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# In British horse racing, if a horse "wins by a distance," how far is a "distance"?

Question #74490. Asked by miffy42. (Jan 13 07 8:19 AM)

1cyprus

A distance is more than 30 lengths

 Jan 13 07, 8:34 AM
1cyprus

However,if a horse is nowhere,it is at least 240yds adrift.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eclipse_(horse)

 Jan 13 07, 8:43 AM
1cyprus

And this site gives a distance as 240yds from the post

 Jan 13 07, 9:09 AM
zbeckabee

"Distance - The length of a race: 5 furlongs is the minimum and the 4 1/2 miles of the Grand National the longest. Also, the margin by which a horse wins or is beaten by the horse in front; this ranges from a short head to 'by a distance' (more than 30 lengths); a 'length' is measured from the horse's nose to the start of its tail."

 Jan 13 07, 9:42 AM
What-A-Mess

13. Distance

Horse Racing.

(in a heat race) the space measured back from the winning post that a horse must reach by the time the winner passes the winning post or be eliminated from subsequent heats.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/distance

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/distance

 Jan 13 07, 10:03 AM

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