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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 - May 21, 2011

RACE 9: Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection involving the stretch run. # 5 Spa City Princess (J. Chavez) lodged an objection against # 1 Happy Week (J. Lezcano) for alleged interference through the stretch.  # 1 shifts out at the top of the stretch, bumping and carrying # 5 out with him, and continues to drift out in deep stretch to the wire with # 5 outside. # 1 is disqualified from third to fourth place.

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.