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Stewards Corner

Welcome to the Stewards’ Corner, where you will find explanations of the decisions that our stewards make on race days. Directly following any decision they make having to do with the official order of finish, including inquiries and objections, the stewards – one appointed by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), one appointed by the New York State Gaming Commission, and one appointed by The Jockey Club (TJC) – provide an explanation of what happened and the reason for their decision. Click on the links below to read those explanations.

Race Decisions - July 26, 2013

Race 6: Steward’s Inquiry into the stretch run.  In the vicinity of the 1/16 pole, # 8 Present Course (I. Ortiz, Jr.) shifts in causing # 2 Gridiron Great (L. Saez), who is advancing inside, to check and in turn # 9 Uncle Gare (J. Lezcano) on the rail must check hard.  # 9 was tiring and being passed when forced to check.  # 8 continues to finish fourth.    The race was declared official as is.

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Race 8: Steward’s Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection.  Ricardo Santana, Jr., the rider of # 5 Proud Strike, lodged an objection against the winner, # 1 Transparent (I.Ortiz, Jr.).  In the vicinity of the 3/8 pole, # 1 drifts out causing # 5 to clip heels and almost unseating the rider.  # 5 recovers and finishes fifth.  In the judgment of the stewards, the incident did not prevent # 5 from finishing ahead of the entry mate, # 1a Romansh.

# 1 Transparent is disqualified from first and placed fifth, behind # 5.  The revised official order of finish:  1A - 3 - 7 – 5

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4035.2   If two or more horses are coupled in the betting as an entry, and one or more of them shall be disqualified for violation of the rules of racing, the balance of the entry shall also be disqualified if in the judgment of the stewards such violation prevented any other horse or horses from finishing ahead of the other part of the entry. If said violation is without such effect upon the finish of the race, penalty therefore may be applied against the offender and the balance of the entry may go unpunished.: