Race 6: Stewards Inquiry and a jockeys objection from the rider of the second place finisher #4 Orecchiette (Javier Castellano) for alleged interference inside the 1/16 pole against the first place finisher #7 Black Canary (Irad Ortiz Jr.). The #4 Orecchiette racing on the rails shifts out and makes contact with #7 Black Canary multiple times approaching the wire. After reviewing all the video angles and speaking to riders involved, in the judgment of the stewards no further action was warranted. The race is official 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.
For more information, see (Commission rule 4035.2 (“Riding foul penalized")
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