Stewards inquiry and jockey objection from the 2nd place finisher #5 It Must Be Nice (Jose Ortiz) against the winner #4 Lorimer Street (Manual Franco) for alleged interference in the stretch. The #5 It Must Be Nice and the #4 Lorimer Street came together brushing lightly on two occasions inside the 1/16 pole. After viewing the available video and speaking to both riders involved the stewards determined that the incident did not warrant further action. Order of finish 22.214.171.124.
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")
Stewards inquiry regarding the start of the race. #4 Radial Flyer (Rosario Montanez) Stumbled leaving the starting gate unseating his rider. After viewing the race video the stewards took no further action and the race was declared official. Order of finish 126.96.36.199.
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