Stewards inquiry into the run down the backstretch as the third place finisher #7 Beeks (Luis Saez)while racing on the lead shifts in without proper clearance crowding #4 Testosterstone (Manuel Franco) into the first place #3 Tale of S’avall (Jose Ortiz) who then crowds the second place finisher #1 Neolithic (John Velazquez) has to steady. After reviewing all the video angles and speaking to the riders involved, in the judgment of the stewards this incident altered the finish of the race. The #7 Beeks is disqualified from third place and placed sixth. The new order of finish is 126.96.36.199.
The second place finisher #1 Neolithic also claimed foul against the first place finisher #3 Tale of S’avall which was disallowed.
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.
For more information, see Commission rule 4035.2 (“Riding foul penalized")
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