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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 - November 26, 2011

RACE 6: Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection: 
D. Cohen, the rider of # 5 Bourbonstreetgirl, lodged a claim of foul against the winner, # 8 Disposablepleasure (R. Dominguez) for alleged interference going into the far turn.  Approaching the 3/8 pole, # 8 shifts out sharply from the rail, carrying # 5 out with him.  # 5 proceeds to advance on the outside and is one length in front of # 8 at the ¼ pole, then fades in the final furlong to finish third.There was no contact between horses.  # 5 finished third, beaten 2 ¾ lengths for second. In the judgment of the stewards, the action of # 8 did not alter the final placing of the race and the race was declared Official as is.

Time posted: 3:15

4035.2. Foul riding penalized.
(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.
(c) If a horse or jockey jostles another horse, the aggressor may be disqualified, unless the impeding horse or his jockey was partly in fault or the jostle was wholly caused by the fault of some other horse or jockey.