Stewards

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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Jockey’s License Revoked After Strangely-Run Race At Assiniboia Downs

The $27,500 Winnipeg Stakes, which was held as the first race at Assiniboia Downs on July 25, drew a number of complaints about the way it was run, according to thoroughbreddailynews.com. Barry Arnason holds an ownership interest in three of the four horses in the field, across two different partnerships; two of those were put under […]

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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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Report: Stewards Meet With Geroux On Belmont Ride, But Nature Of Conversation Still Unknown

The Daily Racing Form reported Thursday that New York stewards met with jockey Florent Geroux to discuss his ride in this year’s Belmont Stakes, but further details about that conversation have not been released. Stewards referred questions from the Form to the New York State Gaming Commission, which did not return requests for comment. Geroux came under […]

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Commentary: A Fateful Decision One Night In Oklahoma?

On June 2, Special Candy High flew out of the gate at Remington Park to take the lead in the $1,024,840 Heritage Place Futurity, a Grade 1 event at 350 yards. It was the undefeated 2-year-old Quarter Horse’s third career start for trainer Clinton Crawford, and it would prove to be his last. Shortly after […]

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