Race 2 - Stewards inquiry and jockeys objection by the 2nd place finisher #1 Timely Tradition (Irad Ortiz, Jr.) against the winner #2 Honey Graeme (Jose Ortiz) for alleged interference through the stretch. #2 Honey Graeme drifts out off the rail with sufficient clearance and then comes back down tightening up on #1 Timely Tradition causing that horse to steady briefly. After reviewing the video and speaking to the riders involved it was the determination of the stewards that the incident did not alter the order of finish and warranted no further action. Order of finish 220.127.116.11a.5
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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