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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 - July 12, 2014

Race 2: Steward inquiry into the start involving # 7 Golden Cheetah (John Velasquez):  # 7 was moving toward the doors when the start was affected and doors opened.   # 7 did not break the gate doors prematurely and was a legitimate starter.   No action was warranted and the race declared official as is.

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Race 3: Stewards inquiry and an objection from the assistant trainer of the # 4 Beyond Empire(I. Ortiz Jr.) against #2 Jesses Giant Dunk (T. Rice). Leaving the quarter pole #2 Jesses Giant Dunk (T. Rice) takes a step out and brushes slightly  with #4 Beyond Empire(I. Ortiz). Also, between the three-sixteenths and the eighth pole #4 Beyond Empire (I. Ortiz) comes in slightly, brushing #2 Jesses Giant Dunk (T. Rice). After a review by the Stewards and interviews with both riders, the Stewards deemed that no action was necessary. The result was declared “Official” as is.

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§ 4035.2. Foul riding penalized.

(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.