Stewards inquiry and a jockey’s objection from the second place finisher #2 Mighty Zealous(Michael Luzzi) against the first place finisher #10 Formal Summation(Cornelio Velasquez) for alleged interference inside the 1/8 pole. Both #10 Formal Summation and #2 Mighty Zealous were racing wide in the stretch.
After reviewing the race video and speaking to both riders involved in the judgment of the steward no further action was warranted. The order of finish is 10.2.8.11
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.
#12 Non Stop(Hector Diaz Jr.) lost a shoe while entering the track and the stewards deemed that #12 Non Stop runs for purse money only
§ 4022.21. Discretionary powers.
If any case occurs that is not, or that is alleged not to be provided for by this Article, such case shall be determined by the stewards in such manner as they think just and conformable to the usages of the turf; and the stewards may impose such punishment and take such other action in the matter as they may deem to be within the intent of this Article, including reference to the commission
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