Louisville Magazine

APR 2019

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eyecaresititute.com mortons.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 4.19 25 THE BIT wheels was delayed until 1931. Even so, the track's starter had to depend on a spring-loaded web barrier and his own shouted "hee-ahh!" to send the horses off (Google it; great newsreel). By the next year designer Albert Fihe had added a photo-electric alarm bell to the Bahr gate. Triple Crown winner Whirlaway was among the benefactors of the first complete starting gate in 1941, when the Calumet Farm Thor- oughbred established a new Derby record, 2:01 2/5, which lasted 21 years. The gate's inventor, a cowboy engineer named Clay Puett, incorpo- rated all the Bahr bells and whistles while adding V-shaped electromag- netic restraining gates in both front and back of each stall. The push of a button not only opened the chutes but shut down the Churchill betting windows till the race was completed. A variation of that Puett gate is still used today.

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