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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 30, 2014

Race 2: Steward’s inquiry in the vicinity of the ¼ pole first place finisher # 5 Love the Breeding (R. Alvarado) shifts out and makes contact with the third place finisher # 8 Casual Elegance (C. Velasquez).  # 8 is moving in slightly at the time of the incident, and # 5 is turned out further as a result of the contact.

After reviewing the video and in the judgment of the stewards this incident did not alter the final placement. 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.

(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.

Race 3: Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection:

Wilmer Garcia, the rider of # 1 Peter’s Fleet, lodged an objection against # 5 Xixixi ( Manuel Franco) for interference in deep stretch.  Nearing the wire, # 5 shifts out making contact with # 1, who is moving in simultaneously  The contact occurs as the horses are almost on the wire, and in the judgment of the stewards the incident did not alter the finish of the race.

The objection was dismissed and the race declared official as is.

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