Well for the first time in harness racing at the big track since the new whip rules, a horse was pitched. And it was in a stakes race.
In race two this evening, in an elimination for the Peaceful Way stakes, driver Trevor Ritchie put both lines in one hand, and tapped his mount (the very nice filly Angostura) with the whip. She went on to win the race by a little more than a whisker.
The inquiry sign flashed. And after several long minutes it was announced that she would be placed last, as per the ORC rule, for "having both lines in one hand, and striking with the whip".
The 2-5 favorite, Costa Rica, was placed first.