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 for Scratch race
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Scratch \Scratch\, a.
     Made, done, or happening by chance; arranged with little or
     no preparation; determined by circumstances; haphazard; as, a
     scratch team; a scratch crew for a boat race; a scratch shot
     in billiards. [Slang]
     [1913 Webster]
     Scratch race, one without restrictions regarding the
        entrance of competitors; also, one for which the
        competitors are chosen by lot.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  scratch race
      n 1: a race in which all contestants start from scratch (on
           equal terms)

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