Race 6 - Stewards’ inquiry and jockey’s objection. #11 Kemba (Dylan Davis) claimed foul against #12 Sweet Mission (Jose Ortiz) for coming into him turning his horse. After reviewing the video and speaking to the riders involved, it was the opinion of the stewards that the #11 Kemba caused the infraction. The race was made official 12-11-10-1.
After the running of Race 6 it was determined the photo finish system malfunctioned. The stewards using enhanced video slowed the video to frame by frame so the placing judges could make a decision for 3rd and 4th place. The decision of the placing judges was to dead heat the #1 and #8 for 3rd place.
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.
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