Stewards inquiry and a jockey's objection from the rider of #8 Put It Forward (Antonio Gallardo) against the third place finisher #5 Blue Pigeon (Jomar Torres) for alleged interference in the vicinity of the 1/16 pole. #5 Blue Pigeon reacting to his rider left handed crop comes out and #8 Put It Forward has to steady, completely stopping his momentum while racing in contention. After reviewing all the video angles and speaking to the riders involved, in the judgement of the stewards this incident changed the finish of the race. #5 Blue Pigeon is disqualified and placed eighth. The new order of finish is 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.
For more information, see Commission rule 4035.2 (“Riding foul penalized)
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