Race 1 - Stewards inquiry concerning #1 Deft through the stretch and a jockeys objection by the 2nd place finisher #4 What’s to Blame (Rajiv Maragh) against the winner #2 Digital Footprint (Irad Ortiz, Jr.) #1 Deft (Manuel Franco) came out without sufficient clearance causing # 3 Highway Flyer (Luis Saez) to clip heels, stumble badly and unseat the rider. Concerning the objection, #2 Digital Footprint comes out and brushes #4 What’s to Blame at the 1/16 pole and then that horse comes in making contact with #2 Digital Footprint on two separate occasions. After reviewing the video and speaking to the riders involved #1 Deft was disqualified from 3rd and placed last. The stewards determination on the objection was that each horse shared in the contact and the incident did not warrant any further action.
Official order of finish 18.104.22.168
Race 3 - Trainers objection by #3 Nazay (Luis Saez) against #1 Catania Rose (Benjamin Hernandez) for alleged interference in deep stretch. The winner #6 Gattino Marrone (Dylan Davis) floated out just before the finish line and #3 Nazay steadied briefly. After reviewing the video and speaking to the riders involved it was determined by the stewards that the incident did not alter the order of finish and no action was taken.
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.
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