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 17, 2013
Race 3: Steward’s inquiry and jockeys objection from the # 3 Reaganomics (R. Maragh) for alleged interference in the vicinity of the ¼ pole against the 4th place finisher # 1Sokitumi Samurai(G. Rodriguez).
#1 tires as approaching the ¼ pole and fades sharply back after a strong lead to that point. As # 1 is being overtaken, he drifts out slightly causing # 3 has to take up between #1 and # 5 Adirondack Express.
After that incident, R. Maragh allows his horse to ease through the stretch, coming down to a slow canter at the wire. In the judgment of the stewards, though # 1 does drift while tiring at the ¼ pole, # 3’s failure to ride through the stretch was a contributing factor.
The race was declared official as is.
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.