Race 9 - Stewards inquiry and jockey objection by the 5th place finisher #4 Paynter’s Prize (Dylan Davis) against the 3rd place horse #10 The Grand Canal (Benjamin Hernandez) for alleged interference approaching the 1/8 pole. #10 The Grand Canal under right hand crop drops down shutting off #4 The Paynter’s Prize causing that horse to check sharply. After reviewing the race video and speaking to the riders involved, it was the determination of the stewards that the incident altered the order of finish and #10 The Grand Canal was disqualified from 3rd and placed 5th behind #4 The Paynter’s Prize. Official order of finish 188.8.131.52
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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