Race 5 - Stewards inquiry and jockeys objection from the rider of the third place finisher #3 Quality Choice(Irad Ortiz Jr) for alleged interference against the first place finisher #10 Crypto Gold(Eric Cancel) in vicinity of the 1/8 pole. #10 Crypto Gold drifts out and makes multiple contact with #3 Quality Choice stopping his momentum and #3 Quality Choice goes on to finish third ¾ of a length for second and a length and a quarter for the win. After reviewing the video and speaking to riders involved, in the judgment of the stewards this incident altered the finish of the race. #10 Crypto Gold is demoted from first place and placed third.
The new order of finish is 126.96.36.199
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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