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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Neither could keep up with Restrainedvengence, so it was left to Builder to go after him on the backstretch. Larry Stumes,, "Restrainedvengence wins Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields," 2 Sep. 2019 Mike Smith, riding for fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, will keep him closer to the pace this time and might even send him to the front down the backstretch., "Clancy’s Call: Saratoga," 2 Aug. 2019 While Vale occupies the grandstand, other vets move throughout the barns on the backstretch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar has team of veterinarians looking out for horses’ welfare," 1 Aug. 2019 The Blazers’ schedule is set up for early success this season but a tough backstretch is cause for concern. Evan Dudley,, "‘They proved me wrong very quickly’: Star LB has confidence in young Blazers," 24 July 2019 According to the stewards’ minutes, Arroyo’s mount, Street Image, interfered with two horses on the backstretch. John Cherwa,, "Racing! The latest on Jerry Hollendorfer and Del Mar," 15 July 2019 One issue with the lake is that the berms around it are built high enough that spectators in the infield will have a difficult time following the racing for a portion of the backstretch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Espinoza notches first win at Del Mar since accident there last summer," 18 July 2019 The first lap, Olivia was about 10th, 11th place, and actually was in 13th place in the backstretch. Mike Peticca,, "Solon City Council will continue deliberations on Liberty Ford rezoning; honors Solon High track athletes," 7 June 2019 The other heat race winner, Ricky Brophy, saw his race come to an end on the backstretch after a tangle with Shawn Arriaga. Antioch Speedway, The Mercury News, "Aton wins Sprint Car Main Event at Antioch Speedway," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of backstretch

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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