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The Stewards' Corner

Welcome to the Stewards’ Corner, where you will find explanations of the decisions that our stewards make on race days. Directly following any decision they make having to do with the official order of finish, including inquiries and objections, the stewards – one appointed by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), one appointed by the New York State Gaming Commission, and one appointed by The Jockey Club (TJC) – provide an explanation of what happened and the reason for their decision. Click on the links below to read those explanations.

Race Decisions - February 22, 2014

Race 3: Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection:  Rajiv Maragh, the rider of # 5 Thrill Hill, lodged a claim of foul against the winner, # 3 Maybry’s Challenge (Abel Castellano) for alleged interference into the turn.  In the vicinity of the 7/16 pole, # 5 moves up strongly on the rail inside # 3.  # 5 checks sharply as # 3 appears to shift in slightly, tightening up the rail.   # 3 continues to pull away in the stretch, winning by over three lengths.  # 5 tires in the stretch and finishes third, beaten a length for second.

In the judgment of the stewards, the incident did not alter the finish of the race.   The objection was dismissed and the race declared official as is.
 
(a) When clear, a horse may be taken to any part of the course provided that crossing or weaving in front of contenders may constitute interference or intimidation for which the offender may be disciplined.
 
(b) A horse crossing another may be disqualified, if in the judgment of the stewards, it interferes with, impedes or intimidates another horse, or the foul altered the finish of the race, regardless of whether the foul was accidental, willful, or the result of careless riding. The stewards may also take into consideration mitigating factors, such as whether the impeded horse was partly at fault or the crossing was wholly caused by the fault of some other horse or jockey.
 

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Race 4: Stewards inquiry and trainers objection inside the 1/16th pole. The trainer of the # 2 Beautyinthepulpit (M Franco) claims foul on the winner # 6 Zivo ( A Castellano Jr) for allegedly drifting in. The stewards inquiry on the # 3 Sinistra (R Montanez) for carrying the # 2 out slightly, after reviewing the video the race is declared official as is.

 

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Race 9: Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection: Christopher DeCarlo, the rider of # 6 Percussion, lodged a claim of foul against the winner, # 3 Farhaan (Irad Ortiz, Jr.) for alleged interference in the stretch.

#’ 3 comes down to # 6 in mid-stretch, and both horses continue together, with light brushing to the wire.  # 6 maintains his path and is not forced to the rail throughout the stretch run.

The objection was disallowed and the race was declared official as is.

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Race 10: Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection: Christopher DeCarlo, the rider of # 6 Percussion, lodged a claim of foul against the winner, # 3 Farhaan (Irad Ortiz, Jr.) for alleged interference in the stretch.

#’ 3 comes down to # 6 in mid-stretch, and both horses continue together, with light brushing to the wire.  # 6 maintains his path and is not forced to the rail throughout the stretch run.

The objection was disallowed and the race was declared official as is.

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