Race 4 - Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection: #5 Sketches of Spain (Irad Ortiz, Jr.) and #8 Sparkling Sky (Jose Ortiz) lodged objections against the winner, #3 Crystalle (Chris Landeros) for alleged interference in the stretch. Approaching the 1/16 pole, #3 on the far outside shifts in two paths, under a right-handed crop, crossing the paths of #’s 5 and 8. #5 steadies slightly and # 8 must check and loses momentum. #8 finishes third, beaten a head for second place. After reviewing the race films and speaking with the riders involved, the stewards determined that the incident did alter the finish of the race. As a result, #3 is disqualified from first and placed third, behind #8. The revised order of finish: 5-8-3-4
With regard to interference, New York is a “Category 2” state, meaning that Commission rules provide that if the interferer is guilty of causing interference and such interference in the judgment of the Stewards has altered the finish of the race, then the interferer is placed behind the offended horse.
The Stewards consider whether the riders of the horse or horses that are offended continue to give effort to the finish of the race.
The Stewards also consider whether the offending jockey acted in a willful or careless manner while interfering with another horse or jockey, for which the interferer may be disqualified, i.e., placed last or unplaced in the order of finish. For example, if an offending jockey acts in a dangerous manner, exhibits extremely improper riding or impedes several horses, the Stewards may disqualify the offending horse without regard to the specific effect of the foul on the order of finish.
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