Stewards inquiry as #7 Gambler’s Ghost(Angle Arroyo) comes over after the start makes contact with #5 Sol the Freud(Cornelio Velasquez) who then goes into #2 Lyrical Miracle(Eric Cancel) forcing him into #1Formal Miracle(Michael Luzzi) who is turned sideways and #1 Formal Miracle goes on to finish 3rd, two lengths behind #7 Gambler’s Ghost. After reviewing the race video and speaking to the riders involved, in the judgment of the stewards this incident altered the finish. #7 Gambler’s Ghost is disqualified from 2nd and placed third. The revised order of finish is 18.104.22.168.
With regard to interference, New York is a “Category 2” state, meaning that Commission rules provide that if the interferer is guilty of causing interference and such interference in the judgment of the Stewards has altered the finish of the race, then the interferer is placed behind the offended horse.
The Stewards consider whether the riders of the horse or horses that are offended continue to give effort to the finish of the race.
The Stewards also consider whether the offending jockey acted in a willful or careless manner while interfering with another horse or jockey, for which the interferer may be disqualified, i.e., placed last or unplaced in the order of finish. For example, if an offending jockey acts in a dangerous manner, exhibits extremely improper riding or impedes several horses, the Stewards may disqualify the offending horse without regard to the specific effect of the foul on the order of finish.
For more information, see Commission rule 4035.2 (“Riding foul penalized
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