EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STARTING GATE
While we were circling down I felt exactly as one feels at the start of a race, watching for the starting gate to rise.
He drilled every last one of his two-year-olds till the starting gate was no more to them than so much steel and wood and webbing.
King trembled—perhaps as a racehorse trembles at the starting gate, though he was weary enough to tremble from fatigue.
I patted Tapwater's flank, and so help me Newton, I think that one gentle tap pushed the colt half way to the starting gate!