Race 3 - Stewards’ Inquiry and Jockey’s Objection into the stretch run. The rider of #8 Zabava (Jose Ortiz) claimed foul against the #10 Mike’s Girl (Kendrick Carmouche) for interference. In the stretch the #10 drifts out several paths under a left handed crop finally making contact with the #8 knocking him off stride. The # 8 gathers himself and goes on to finish second by a short ¾ of a length. After reviewing the video and speaking to the riders involved, in the Stewards opinion the contact did alter the final order of finish and disqualify the # 10 from first and place him second behind the #8. The new order of finish is 8-10-6-9.
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.
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