There Was Once a Triple Dead Heat at Yakima Meadows
One of the rarest feats in all of sport took place in Yakima on May 12, 1996 at Yakima Meadows when THREE horses hit the finish line simultaneously making it just the 7th triple dead heat in over 195 years!
At the time, Tom Harris was the track announcer and his call of the improbable finish was aired on multiple national and international media outlets including ESPN as part of their daily top 10 lists. He nailed it perfectly, exclaiming, "Three heads hit the wire; it's a close one!"
Harris also served as both a Public Address announcer and a radio broadcaster in the early years of the Yakima SunKings organization of the now defunct Continental Basketball League. He is currently the track announcer at Emerald Downs in Auburn, WA.
At the time, the three-way tie that occurred on the grounds at State Fair Park (the grandstand and dirt track still exist to this day) was just the 7th triple dead heat in horse racing history. Since that unlikely day in '96, there have been just two more -- one occurring in 2009 at The Meadows in Pennsylvania and, most recently, in 2014 at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana.
The three horses, Fly Like A Angel, Allihavonztheradio and Terri After Five, forced SIX exacta payouts for bettors.
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