back·stretch | \ˈbak-ˌstrech \

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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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 Hunter-Reay got Helio back on the backstretch two laps later. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Here are the six best Indy 500s ever — by generation | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 However, as well as he's played, Middleton doesn't expect to keep up with his career-best numbers over the backstretch of the season. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Khris Middleton back in the mix for an all-star berth he believes he's earned," 7 Feb. 2018 Quip set off down the backstretch on his mile-long gallop, comfortably hitting each furlong in about 18 seconds, his normal galloping pace. David Gendelman, New York Times, "How to Prepare a Horse for the Preakness," 12 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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