Considering how many players exploited the shortcut, I'm surprised that the race flag issue hasn't been. I'm not happy with the whole flag deal. I've missed a few by sliding pass the flag.
Another interesting event occurs during the race. Pets disappear at the drop then reappear after your character makes it across. I assume that they had to do that to compensate for bad coding. I mean what's the difference between coming off that drop and jumping off any other high point?