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Led the Florida Derby through six furlongs before finishing last in the nine-horse field.
Invested Prospect, a 5-year-old mare trained by Blaine Wright and ridden by Kevin Orozco, ran 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 8.69 seconds.
Last year, Tapwrit defeated favorite Irish War Cry with a late sprint down the final furlong.
Noble Indy, April 20, Palm Beach Downs, 6 furlongs, 1:15.00, 1/ 2.
These can be any distance but usually are 4-6 furlongs.
Quip set off down the backstretch on his mile-long gallop, comfortably hitting each furlong in about 18 seconds, his normal galloping pace.
First post is at 12:45 p.m. Race 3: No. 5 Swinging Bridge ships in from Parx off of a 4 1/4-length victory against optional claiming foes going 6 1/2 furlongs.
But Cubs right fielder Ben Zobrist uncorked a perfect one-hop throw that beat Dietrich to the plate by a furlong.
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furlong Has Old English Roots
Furlong is an English original and can be traced back to Old English "furlang," a combination of the noun "furh" ("furrow") and the adjective "lang" ("long"). Though now standardized as a length of 220 yards (or 1/8th of a mile), the furlong was originally defined less precisely as the length of a furrow in a cultivated field. This length was equal to the long side of an acre-an area originally defined as the amount of arable land that could be plowed by a yoke of oxen in a day, but later standardized as an area measuring 220 yards (one furlong) by 22 yards, and now defined as any area measuring 4,840 square yards. In contemporary usage, "furlong" is often encountered in references to horse racing.
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Definition of furlong for English Language Learners
: a unit of distance equal to 220 yards (about 201.2 meters) or 1/8 of a mile
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