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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 - April 3, 2013

Race 4: Steward’s inquiry and Jockeys objection into the stretch run. The rider Jose Ortiz of # 3 Excess Liquidity claims against the # 7 Gallant Breeze (D Cohen ) for contact throughout the stretch. At the top of the stretch # 7 angles out knocking the # 3 off stride then continues to drift out making contact and goes on to beat the # 3 by a nose. After reviewing the video the # 7 is disqualified and placed behind the 3.

 
 
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.
 

 


Race 6: Steward’s inquiry and Jockeys objection into the stretch run. The rider Jose Ortiz of # 3 Excess Liquidity claims against the # 7 Gallant Breeze (D Cohen ) for contact throughout the stretch. At the top of the stretch # 7 angles out knocking the # 3 off stride then continues to drift out making contact and goes on to beat the # 3 by a nose. After reviewing the video the # 7 is disqualified and placed behind the 3.

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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.


 

Race 8: Steward’s Inquiry into the Start:  # 4 Schoolyard Dreams (J. Alvarado) broke through the gate doors prior to the official start.  # 4 was disqualified and unplaced.  

# 5 Smash (I. Ortiz, Jr.) was held by the assistant starter at the official start and was impeded due to the action of # 4 in the next stall.   As a result, # 5 was declared a Non-starter.

All wagers on # 5 were refunded and the horse raced for purse money only.

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4009.21. Refund-- non-starter.

(a)  When a horse starts. Every horse shall be considered a starter when the stall gates open on the signal of the starter, unless the stewards declare a horse or horses non-starters because, in their opinion, the horses’ chances were compromised leaving the starting gate. If so, all bets on the non-starters will be refunded unless the horse wins. For placing and program purposes, the non-starters will be considered to have run for purse only.