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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 9, 2011

RACE 9: Steward’s Inquiry into the stretch run.  In the vicinity of the 1/16 pole, # 1 Legally Blanca (C. Velasquez) drifts in  and # 2 Ultimate Class (E. Castro) begins to drift out under a left handed crop, with # 3 Wallis (J. Lezcano) racing well in between.  # 3 is squeezed back between those rivals and must steady for several strides. In the judgment of the stewards, the interference by both # 2 and # 1 caused Wallis to lose momentum.  Wallis finishes fourth, beaten slightly more than a head for third.  In the opinion of the stewards, the incident did alter the finish of the race. # 2 and # 1 were disqualified from their respective first and second placings and placed behind # 3.  The new order of finish is 5 – 3 – 2 – 1.

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.