Originally Posted by barrelbeginner View Post
Good job.. what does it mean to be sandbagging? WHy would you get in trouble for that?
Jackpot barrel racing is often set up in a 4D format.
So let's say the fastest run of the day was 15.0 seconds. That would win the 1D. The 1D winning time will always vary, based on what the fastest run was.
A 15.5 second run would win the 2D.
A 16.0 second run would win the 3D.
And a 16.5 second run would win the 4D (although some associations would say a 17.0 second run would win the 4D ..... just depends on the association rules for the time splits.)
So in this example, let's say this was a weekly series. And let's say I went four times and got:
16.3 seconds --> points in the 3D
16.4 seconds --> points in the 3D
15.5 seconds --> points in the 2D
16.7 seconds --> points in the 4D
(Just for example's sake, let's pretend each race had a winning time of 15.0 seconds.)
So if I am competing for points for year-end awards, my best bet is to always to try to place in the 3D because that's where I have the most points accumulated right now. My horse is capable of placing in the 2D (because we had a fast time one time) but I don't have as many points in the 2D because I only placed there once.
So if I "sandbag" and don't push my horse as hard as they can go, I might continue to place in the 3D and rack up more points in the 3D. And possibly win year-end awards in that division.
Some associations have rules that if they see you pulling up your horse to try to purposefully
slow down and clock a certain time, they will disqualify you or penalize you in some way. You should always be trying to make the best run your horse is capable of.
Of course, it is extrememly difficult to sandbag because you won't know what the winning time will be until the race is completed. And let's face it; it's extremely difficult to try to affect your time by a certain number of hundreths of a second.
But that's what "sandbagging" is.