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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 - January 10, 2014

Race 1: Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection:  Guillermo Rodriguez, the rider of # 1a Cuckoo House, lodged an objection against the second placed finisher, # 5 Three Cents (Abel Castellano, Jr.) for alleged interference in the vicinity of the 3/8 pole.  After passing the 3/8 pole, # 5 is bearing out, and there is contact between him and # 1a on the outside.  # 1a finishes last, having eased the final 1/16 mile, with the jockey failing to finish through the wire.

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In the judgment of the stewards, the incident in the turn did not alter the finish of the race.  The objection was dismissed and the race declared official as is.

Race 7: Steward’s inquiry and jockeys objection from the rider of the second place horse # 4 Dapper Draper (T. Rice) for alleged interference against the first place horse # 1 Griffin Rock (I. Ortiz Jr) in the vicinity of ¼ pole.

# 1 is outside of # 4 and # 4 makes light contact and  # 1 crossed over when clear. # 1 draws off for the win. After reviewing the video the claim of foul is disallowed and the race is official as is.

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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.