In Saturday's $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Midnight Soiree crossed the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Camila Princess, but stewards disqualified Midnight Soiree based on interference in the stretch. According to drf.com, Midnight Soiree's owners plan to appeal that decision.
The bumping between the two fillies extended through the final furlong of the one-mile turf race, and each appeared to cause interference with the other. Jockey Luca Panici, aboard Midnight Soiree, was not penalized for the incident in a hearing on Sunday morning.
“By saying Luca didn't do anything wrong, not giving him days, I don't see how the stewards can say the filly did anything wrong either,” said trainer Lisa Lewis. “This was a stakes race, and having a stakes win on the résumé is so important, especially when dealing with fillies having the potential of becoming a broodmare after their racing careers have ended. You just cannot take for granted she'll win another one. She fought hard to win this race, Luca gave her a beautiful trip, and she deserved it.”
Read more at drf.com.
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