Definition of backstretch in US English:



North American
  • 1The part of a racecourse that is farthest from the grandstand and parallel to the homestretch.

    • ‘Black Ruby visited the starting gate and jogged while Taz jogged on the backstretch.’
    • ‘On Sunday, the Kentucky-bred son of Pulpit stretched that streak to four when he rated a ground-saving fourth down the backstretch before plunging through a tiny hole on the inside to notch his second consecutive graded stakes victory.’
    • ‘This allowed pacesetters Free Vacation and Dawson's Legacy, both local horses facing rivals from four other countries, to make the running along the backstretch.’
    • ‘‘When we headed down the backstretch I saw about four of them up there [on the lead] and that just made it sweeter,’ he said.’
    • ‘Proving that history does indeed repeat itself, the dark bay or brown filly showcased the same talent that first surfaced a year ago when she charged up four wide around the final turn after tracking the pace in fifth down the backstretch.’
    • ‘Pampered Princess was positioned between rivals in the backstretch, with Capeside Lady to her outside.’
    • ‘Birdstone moved within striking distance along the backstretch and overtook Lion Heart from three wide in the far turn.’
    • ‘Along the backstretch they raced with 15 lengths separating Danz Star, who had pulled his way into the lead, and King Johny still last.’
    • ‘‘He broke great and relaxed nicely down the backstretch,’ e said.’
    • ‘Fifth on the inside down the backstretch, he had to wait until midstretch before he could angle Perfect Sting between rivals and they just got up for the victory.’
    • ‘Racing up the backstretch Chino Charlie, on the rail, broke down and fell as Apalachian Thunder opened up a four-length lead.’
    • ‘He broke well and got a little bit of dirt in his face before he got right up in the bridle down the backstretch.’
    • ‘I was kind of getting tired of holding him down the backstretch.’
    • ‘He passed horses on the outside down the backstretch, but as he made the lead after the first quarter, he ducked toward the rail.’
    • ‘The son of Mr. Prospector, a $4-million yearling purchase, was angled to the outside leaving the backstretch and made a powerful run on the turn to reach the leaders.’
    • ‘He angled the six-year-old daughter of Desert King to one off the fence from her No.14 post position, and by the time they were racing down the backstretch she was hugging the rail.’
    • ‘Indian Vale, who was unbeaten in three starts prior to the race, set a pressured pace but Amazing Buy challenged her step-for-step through the first turn and along the backstretch.’
    • ‘High Peaks went to the front and was soon joined by Megascape as the pair raced along the backstretch noses apart.’
    • ‘We were able to close the gap down the backstretch [on the final lap] and he just took off around the far turn.’
    • ‘Crawfish King and Hot Space attempted to challenge their unbeaten rival on the backstretch but were no match for Lost in the Fog, who was ridden out after gaining a commanding five-length lead entering the stretch.’
    1. 1.1 The area adjacent to a racetrack where the horses are stabled and stable employees have temporary living accommodations.
      • ‘Many of the G Racing members have been present on the backstretch all week at Lone Star Park.’
      • ‘I've never seen anyone work as hard as Lucy for the betterment of the people on the backstretch and the sport of racing.’
      • ‘As a newcomer coming to the track, are you aware of the fact there's an 18-hole golf course on the backstretch?’
      • ‘The corral will be located on the backstretch of the Speedway's famous 2.5-mile oval.’
      • ‘Training centers and breeding farms also could be become unionized by grooms and other employees under the new California law that allows unions to solicit members on the backstretches of racetracks.’
      • ‘Both riders were injured when their horses ducked into the inside rail when they saw an infield walking path used to bring horses from the backstretch to the saddling enclosure.’
      • ‘Horsemen will be asked to send their horses to that barn as the field for the previous race leaves the backstretch for the paddock.’
      • ‘Management has been incredibly helpful to us in our efforts to relocate horses from the Philadelphia Park backstretch.’
      • ‘The backstretch and racing surfaces at the Baltimore, Maryland, track have been closed since mid-June as part of as a renovation project that included widening both the main track and turf course.’
      • ‘We especially enjoy delivering stories about Louisville residents who work on the backstretch and behind the scenes at the Derby.’
      • ‘Five barns with 34 stalls each will open on the Thistledown backstretch Thursday, increasing the Cleveland-area track's stable capacity to 34 barns and 1,598 stalls.’
      • ‘‘The people here in the backstretch are often the only family they've got,’ he told the publication.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the track used an elevated wood-chip walking path in the infield for horses to cut through on their way from the backstretch to the paddock.’
      • ‘It replaces the Bay Meadows hospital lost in 1996 when that track's barn area was relocated after the backstretch was sold for development.’
      • ‘The California Horse Racing Board has increased security on backstretches throughout the state since four sponging incidents at Santa Anita in October.’
      • ‘Horsemen will dedicate $3.5 million of their annual share annually for capital improvements on the backstretch for as long as NYRA retains its franchise.’
      • ‘With the barns at Pimlico Race Course full, other horsemen have been stabling horses in a makeshift tent city on that track's backstretch.’
      • ‘Currently, there is no winter stabling in New Jersey until Monmouth Park opens its backstretch in April.’
      • ‘It was not immediately known what effect, if any, the fireworks show had on the Breeders' Cup runners stabled on the nearby backstretch.’
      • ‘The sale was conducted in a tent on the Saratoga Race Course backstretch with sale horses stabled at the track.’