Steward inquiry and jockey’s objection down the stretch. #2 Wonder Girl (Jaime Torres) came out under left handed crop driving #1 Nightsaber (GB) (Irad Ortiz, Jr.) from the 3 path to the 6 path. #1 Nightsaber (GB)
(Irad Ortiz Jr.) then, on his own, went out even further as she continued forward progress. #2 Wonder Girl (Jaime Torres) then moved out again causing #1 Nightsaber (GB) (Irad Ortiz Jr.) to take up. After reviewing the film and speaking with the riders, the stewards felt that #2 Wonder Girl (Jaime Torres) intimidated #1 Nightsaber (GB) (Irad Ortiz Jr.) and did cost #1 a placing. Official order of finish 1-2-9-4.
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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