back·​stretch | \ ˈbak-ˌstrech How to pronounce backstretch (audio) \

Definition of backstretch

: the side opposite the homestretch on a racecourse

Examples of backstretch in a Sentence

The horses are in the backstretch.

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Comber found another gear on the backstretch, opened up some distance on the field and held off Notre Dame’s Yared Nuguse to win by 8 meters in 9:34.37. Joe Juliano,, "Inspired Villanova men win distance medley relay at Penn Relays," 27 Apr. 2018 About 90 minutes before the race, a week’s worth of rain lifted, leaving behind a fog that essentially blocked out any view of the backstretch. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "In horse racing's biggest moments, Larry Collmus provides perfect call," 6 June 2018 The fog at Pimlico Race Course has gotten worse, making both turns and much of the backstretch impossible to see from the grandstands a little more than an hour before Preakness post time. John Cherwa,, "Justify wins the 143rd Preakness Stakes in a close finish to keep alive Triple Crown bid," 19 May 2018 After a grueling duel with Good Magic on the backstretch of the Preakness, Justify had enough speed to hold off several late challengers at the wire. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "5 things we'll remember about Triple Crown winner Justify," 15 June 2018 Unbridled Juan, who had a narrow lead going into the backstretch finished second, paying $2.60., "Preakness 2018: Race-by-race results," 19 May 2018 Louisville's Dorcas Wasike, who'd passed Schweizer down the backstretch of the final lap with her own fast final lap of 69.2 seconds, was second in 32:11.81 and Schweizer third in 32:14.94. Andrew Greif,, "Kansas' Sharon Lokedi smashes NCAA 10,000 meet record to upset form chart," 7 June 2018 Lap 189: Tony Kanaan crashes in backstretch After starting 10th, Kanaan worked his way up to sixth within the first two laps. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what happened in every Indy 500 crash, from Danica Patrick to Helio Castroneves," 27 May 2018 Semenya, the two-time Olympic champion at 800 meters, ran alone down the backstretch of her half-mile, meanwhile, after no serious challenger emerged en route to the fastest 800 meters ever on American soil, in 1 minute, 55.92 seconds. Andrew Greif,, "Shelby Houlihan wins at Prefontaine Classic while Caster Semenya dismisses talk of IAAF gender rules," 26 May 2018

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of backstretch

: the far side of a racetrack : the side of a track that is opposite to the homestretch

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