OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) There was a triple dead-heat for first in a horse race at Evangeline Downs, a finish so rare there have been just six since 1990.
Three horses hit the wire together in the fifth race Friday night at the Louisiana track. The official photograph showed all three horses' noses touching the wire, so a triple dead-heat was declared by the stewards.
Chessie Slew, a 25-1 long shot, 5-1 shot All in the Art and 8-1 shot Memories of Trina shared the victory in the $15,000, six-furlong claiming race.
The winning trio was just three-quarters of a length ahead of fourth-place finisher Lady Bistineau.
It was the first-ever triple dead-heat at Evangeline Downs. The most recent triple dead-heat was at now-closed Betfair Hollywood Park, when three horses tied for second in December. That Southern California track was also the site of a triple dead-heat for first in 1997.