Race 3 - Steward’s Inquiry and jockey’s objection into the stretch run. The rider of #7 Shackleford’s Joy (Rajiv Maragh) lodged an objection against #1 Indian Cross (Ricardo Santana, Jr.) for alleged interference in deep stretch. Inside the 1/16th pole, #1 drifts out under a left-handed crop, making contact with #7. After reviewing the race films and speaking with the riders involved, in the judgment of the stewards, the incident did affect the final outcome of the race. The #1 was disqualified from 1st place to 2nd. The race was declared official with the new order of finish: 7-1-3-4.
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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