Stewards

‘No One Seems To Care’: British Owner Irate After Mistaken Scratch

The British Horseracing Authority is looking into an incident at Nottingham Wednesday that has left a sour taste in the mouth of one owner. Craig Buckingham tells the Racing Post he’s considering quitting the sport after what happened in the Sprint Final of the Grassroot Series. As the horses were being loaded into the gates, […]

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Desormeaux Officially Sanctioned For ‘Failure To Give His Best Effort’

Jockey Kent Desormeaux has officially been handed a three-day suspension by the Del Mar stewards, reports drf.com, regarding an incident in the fourth race on Aug. 25. Desormeaux was aboard Take A Leap, who was in second position for most of the stretch but got nailed on the wire to end up finishing third. A social […]

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Failure To Launch: Group 1 Winner Chautauqua Nearly Banned From Racing

Star sprinter Chautauqua has now stood in the starting gates and failed to leave the barrier with the rest of the field seven times, reports dailytelegraph.com.au, and was nearly banned from racing by Racing NSW stewards. In a barrier trial on Saturday, the gelding did leave the gates, but only did so seven or eight lengths […]

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CHRB To Investigate Desormeaux’s Del Mar Ride For Lack Of Perseverance

Jockey Kent Desormeaux rode Take a Leap in the fourth race at Del Mar on Saturday, and was caught near the wire to finish third. Stewards called a hearing on Sunday morning with Desormeaux, regarding allegations that he did not persevere with his mount all the way to the wire, but eventually decided to pass […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Horseplayers Deserve Better From Stewards And Regulators

My phone started blowing up Sunday afternoon, shortly after the fourth race at Gulfstream Park was run. There were calls, emails, text messages and Twitter comments imploring me to watch jockey Tony Maragh on a horse named Musical Heart. The 3-year-old gelding by Maclean’s Music, owned by Joseph Bucci and trained by Aubrey Maragh, finished […]

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Gate Errors? Spa Race Contested At Wrong Distance

The fifth race on Wednesday at Saratoga was written as a 1 1/16-mile contest over the turf course, but drf.com reports that video replays confirm that the starting gate was not in the right place, and horses actually ran 1 1/8 miles. Original fractions on the race were extremely slow and initiated the concern: :29.69, :53.50, […]

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Midnight Soiree’s Owners Plan To Appeal Martha Washington Disqualification

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 […]

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California Stewards To Trade Places During Del Mar Meet

Del Mar will have a new steward in the booth for the first time in three years this summer, reports drf.com. John Herbuveaux, from Golden Gate Fields, will replace Scott Chaney, while Chaney will take a position at the Sonoma County Fair. California Horse Racing Board officials declared that they would implement a rotation of stewards in Southern […]

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Hayward: Stewards’ Response To Belmont Controversy An ‘Absolute Outrage’

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward weighs in on the questionable tactics employed by jockeys in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. Hayward first notes that last year, New York stewards chose to prevent owner Ron Paolucci from entering a “rabbit” in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, with steward Stephen […]

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