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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 - February 21, 2014

Race 10: Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection:  Rajiv Maragh, the rider of # 5 Thrill Hill, lodged a claim of foul against the winner, # 3 Maybry’s Challenge (Abel Castellano) for alleged interference into the turn.  In the vicinity of the 7/16 pole, # 5 moves up strongly on the rail inside # 3.  # 5 checks sharply as # 3 appears to shift in slightly, tightening up the rail.   # 3 continues to pull away in the stretch, winning by over three lengths.  # 5 tires in the stretch and finishes third, beaten a length for second.

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.


(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.

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