Race 9 – Stewards inquiry and jockey’s objection by the 4th place finisher #5 Patterson Cross (Junior Alvarado) against the first two finishers #4 Focus Group (Jose Ortiz) and #10 Call Provision (Irad Ortiz Jr.) for alleged interference in deep stretch. #10 Call Provision drifts out several paths under left handed crop shutting off #5 Patterson Cross forcing that rider to check sharply. After speaking to the riders involved and viewing the race video it was the determination of the stewards that the interference cost #5 Patterson Cross 3rd position and warranted a disqualification. #10 Call Provision was disqualified from 2nd and placed 4th behind #5 Patterson Cross. Official order of finish 188.8.131.52
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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