Stewards inquiry and jockey objection by #2 Sneaky Fudge Face (Samuel Jimenez) against #6 Aussie Awakening (Javier Castellano) for alleged interference in deep stretch. #2 Sneaky Fudge face and #6 Aussie Awakening came together and brushed approaching the finish line. After viewing the video and speaking to both riders involved it was determined by the stewards that the incident did not warrant further action. Official order of finish 184.108.40.206
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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