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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 - March 1, 2014

Race 2: Seward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection:   Rosario Montanez, the rider of # 3 Effinex, lodged a claim of foul for alleged interference against the winner, # 4 Shipwrecked (Irad Ortiz, Jr.).

 
After passing the 1/16 pole, # 4 shifts out under a left-handed crop into the path of # 3, who is steadily closing on the outside.  # 3 must check and alter course, losing momentum in the process.
 
# 4 continues to finish first by approximately ¾ length, with # 3 again moving up outside.
 
In the judgment of the stewards, the interference did alter the finish of the race.  # 4 is disqualified from first and placed second, with the revised order of finish: 3 -4 -1 -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.
 

Race 9: Steward’s inquiry and jockeys objection from the # 2 In Trouble (J Rocco Jr) and # 4 Uncle Sigh(C Nakatani) for alleged interference in the stretch. After reviewing the video the race is declared official as is.

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Race 10: Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection:  Manuel Franco, the rider of # 4, Buckeye Heart, lodged a claim of foul against # 2, Bear’s Spirit (Rajiv Maragh) for alleged interference in deep stretch.

 
After passing the 3/16 pole, # 4 advances steadily along the rail inside of # 2..  In the vicinity of the 1/16 pole, # 2 shifts in making contact with # 4 causing him to check hard, lose all momentum and dropping back to finish fifth.
 
# 2 Bear’s Spirit is disqualified from third and placed fifth, behind #4.   The revised order of finish: 3 – 8 – 7 – 4 – 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.