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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 - October 2, 2011

RACE 8: Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection. Julien Leparoux, the rider of # 2 Bourbonstreetgirl lodged a claim of foul against # 1 Royal Bonnie (J. Castellano) for alleged interference at the top of the stretch. In the vicinity of the 3/16 pole, # 1 Royal Bonnie shifts in sharply bumping # 2 Bourbonstreetgirl, causing # 2 to check behind # 3 Alaura Michele (E. Castro). In the judgment of the stewards, the interference did alter the finish of the race.

As a result, # 1 Royal Bonnie is disqualified from second and placed fourth in the final order of finish.

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.