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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 18, 2014

Steward’s inquiry and jockey’s objection from the rider of the second place finisher # 6 Make the Moment (Taylor Rice) against the first place finisher # 2 Dee Dee’s Comet(Eddie Castro) for alleged interference.
Inside the 1/16 pole, # 6 is advancing steadily along the rail, and # 2 shifts in making contact.   # 2 continues to finish first by only a nose. 
After reviewing the video and in the judgment of the Stewards this action altered the final placement and # 2 is disqualified from first and placed second. The new order of finish is
 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.
(b) A horse crossing another may be disqualified, if in the judgment of the stewards, it interferes with, impedes or intimidates another horse, or the foul altered the finish of the race, regardless of whether the foul was accidental, willful, or the result of careless riding. The stewards may also take into consideration mitigating factors, such as whether the impeded horse was partly at fault or the crossing was wholly caused by the fault of some other horse or jockey.