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 23, 2013
RACE 4: Stewards inquiry and jockeys objection into the stretch run.The # 4 Cat Man Fu ( S Camacho Jr.) in deep stretch under a left handed crop shifts out knocking the # 2 Potus ( J. Ortiz) off stride.After reviewing the video the Stewards disqualified the # 4 placing him behind the # 2.
4035.2. Foul riding penalized.
(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.
(c) If a horse or jockey jostles another horse, the aggressor may be disqualified, unless the impeding horse or his jockey was partly in fault or the jostle was wholly caused by the fault of some other horse or jockey.
(d) A jockey shall not ride carelessly or willfully such that his mount, equipment, or any item or object under his or her control interferes with, impedes, intimidates, or injures another horse or jockey in the race, including that a jockey shall not carelessly or willfully strike another horse or jockey or his or her equipment with his or her whip. The stewards may disqualify the horse ridden by the jockey who committed the foul if the foul was willful or careless or may have altered the finish of the race; the stewards may also take into consideration mitigating factors such as whether the impeded horse was partly at fault or if the foul was caused by the fault of some other horse or jockey.
RACE 5: Steward’s Inquiry involving the # 2 Franky Nails in the first turn. Moving through the first turn, # 2 Franky Nails (K. Coa) is racing with a neck lead, with # 1 Search Engine (L. Perez) on the rail inside, and # ‘s 3, 5 and 6 close outside. The outside horses are tightly bunched and # 2 makes contact with # 3 and loses his action, unseating the jockey, K. Coa.
In the judgment of the stewards, the incident was not the result of any specific horse or jockey. The race was declared official as is.