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 22, 2014
RACE 4: Stewards inquiry and objection from M. Franco the rider of the fourth place finisher # 8 Profluent for alleged interference in vicinity of the 1/8 pole against the second place finisher # 2 Goodnewsisnonews(C. Decarlo). # 2 racing along the rail drifts out under a left handed crop and # 8 steadies to avoid the # 2 and makes contact with # 9 Away Game(M. Luzzi) and hindering his momentum.
# 2 continues out several paths while carrying out # 9. After reviewing the video and in the judgment of the stewards # 2 Goodnewsisnonews is disqualified and placed 4th. The new Order of finish 10.9.8.2 and race is official.
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 6: Stewards inquiry into he start where as the # 6 Tiny Predicament (L Mejias) throws his head down when the start was taken unseating the rider. After reviewing the video the race is declared official as is.