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 - July 28, 2011
RACE 8: Steward’s Inquiry into the Start- at the break, # 6 Lots of Stones (R. Dominguez) turns her head and her nose is behind the gate door as it opens.
The assistant starter continues to hold onto the bridle in an effort to correct and straighten her. Lots of Stones breaks far behind the field and is never a factor in the race. In the judgment of the stewards, Lots of Stones was compromised at the start and declared a Non-Starter.
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.
(b) If it be determined by the stewards that a horse is declared a non-starter, the money bet on the horse shall be refunded; if such horse is part of an entry or field, such circumstances shall be treated as a scratch for wagering as provided in section 4009.20 of this Part, notwithstanding the placing of any remaining part of the entry or field.