Race 7 - Stewards inquiry and jockeys objection from the #1 Sul Moon (Junior Alvarado) against #6 Are You Kitten Me (Jose Ortiz) for possible interference in the vicinity of the ¼ pole. Jockey Junior Alvarado (#1) alleged that his horse was struck with the crop of Jockey Jose Ortiz (#6). After reviewing the video and speaking to the riders involved the stewards determined the incident did not alter the order of finish. Result stands as is. 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.
Race 11 - Steward’s inquiry into the start: At the break, #5 Tacitus (Jose Ortiz) stumbled badly. He was not in the hands of the assistant starter when the doors opened and no other horses were involved. After reviewing the films of the race, the stewards determined that no further action was required. The race was declared official as is. 2-5-4-1
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