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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jockey Mario Gutierrez was transported by ambulance to Scripps La Jolla after going through the inside rail on the backstretch of the turf course after being thrown by Queen Stormborn in the ninth race. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Friends battle to wire in jockey’s race," 4 Sep. 2020 The traffic slowdowns on Hwy 231 during the Peanut Festival will make Spring Break on Panama City Beach look like the backstretch at Talladega. Ike Morgan |, al, "No Peanut Festival? Also, scrambling colleges and vaccine testing," 26 Aug. 2020 However, as the field came around Turn 2, Carmen Perigo and Brady Bacon flipped on the backstretch as the rest of the field slowly jammed up behind them. Christopher Deharde, The Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier Hundred 2020: Ex-NASCAR driver Kyle Larson moves 22 spots for USAC Silver Crown win," 25 Aug. 2020 Arkaan set the early fractions of 24.17 seconds for the quarter-mile and 48.28 seconds for the half-mile, with Wartime Hero and Pneumatic stalking on the backstretch. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Pneumatic and Swiss Skydiver cruise to victories, now face decisions about Kentucky Derby," 16 Aug. 2020 Mel and brother Warren began working on the backstretch, with Mel’s first job as a groom. Beth Harris,, "Mel Stute, trainer of 1986 Preakness winner Snow Chief, dies at 93," 12 Aug. 2020 Cindric again drove to the lead on the backstretch and took the win. Jason Hoffman, The Enquirer, "Austin Cindric wins Shady Rays 200 at Kentucky Speedway: 'I've never had more confidence.'," 10 July 2020 Because of the schedule change, the Belmont Stakes was shortened from 1½ miles (one lap around the sweeping Belmont Park main track) to 1 ⅛ miles — meaning it’s a one-turn race beginning in a chute on the backstretch. Larry Stumes,, "Belmont Stakes first up in Triple Crown races that come with ‘big asterisk’," 19 June 2020 Racers kicked off from a starting gate placed atop the backstretch, rather than in front of the grandstands. Jake Seiner,, "New York-bred Tiz the Law wins barren Belmont Stakes," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of backstretch

1831, in the meaning defined above

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11 Sep 2020

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“Backstretch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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