Stewards inquiry and Jockey objection by the 2nd place finisher #1 Elate (Jose Ortiz) against the winner #2 Abel Tasman (Mike Smith) for alleged interference in late stretch. #2 Abel Tasman raced tightly against #1 Elate through the latter part of the race. After speaking to the riders involved and viewing the available video it was determined by the stewards that the incident did not warrant any further action. The 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.
For more information, see Commission rule 4035.2 (“Riding foul penalized")
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