Race 9: Stewards inquiry and jockeys objection from the 3rd place finisher #3 Tip Tap Tapizar (Ricardo Santana Jr.) against the 2nd place finisher #5 Recruiting Ready (Irad Ortiz Jr.) for alleged inference at the 3/8 pole. #5 Recruiting Ready comes over at the 3/8 pole and slams into #3 Tip Tap Tapizir forcing that horse to make heavy contact with #2 Sonic Mule(John Velazquez) knocking him off stride. After viewing all video angles available and speaking to the riders involved the stewards disqualified #5 Recruiting Ready from 2nd position and placed him 4th. The official order of finish 4-3-2-5.
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.
For more information, see Commission rule 4035.2 (“Riding foul penalized
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