Thoroughbred Idea Foundation Paper Calls For Rules Change On Disqualifications

History is littered with the cries of athletes, fans, reporters and bettors who feel a sport’s officials made a “bad call.” But whether it is real or perceived, inconsistent officiating can be maddening and has the potential to erode customer confidence and impact future participation. Horse racing is no different. The virulence of opinions regarding […]

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Louisiana Court Affirms 2014 Stakes Win For Disqualified Coalport, Napravnik, Ramseys

A court in Louisiana ruled Wednesday that stewards got it wrong when they disqualified Coalport and jockey Rosie Napravnik from first place in the 2014 Unbridled Stakes at Louisiana Downs. According to KTBS, a panel of three judges for the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal agreed Coalport indeed committed a foul in the race […]

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Mike Smith Gets Four-Day Suspension; Will Not Keep Him From Preakness Mount

The California Horse Racing Board suspended jockey Mike Smith for four days Thursday for causing interference in the stretch of a race May 6. The suspension will not prevent him from riding Justify in the Preakness. According to the Blood-Horse, the suspension is scheduled for May 17-20, the time period of the second leg of […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Editorial, A Climax Stallion: The Rules Of Disqualifications?

Officiating in any sport is never going to be perfect, but the outcry is often “we just want consistency!” That’s particularly true in horse racing because the rules are different in every state, and the regulations are also not the same between various countries. In this week’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and […]

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Reversed: Pennsylvania Officials Overturn Stewards’ Disqualification At Parx

In a rare decision, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has reversed the disqualification of a horse that was taken down in a race at Parx Racing last November. In their original ruling Nov. 30, stewards DQ’d the number 6 horse, Rebecca’s Surprise, from that day’s eighth race, placing her second behind the number four horse […]

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Watchmaker: Accountability Needed For Stewards

A day after Gulfstream Park stewards disqualified Upstart from his Fountain of Youth victory due to stretch interference, Mike Watchmaker wrote in a piece for Daily Racing Form that “now that the competency of stewards has become a question at the very highest levels of the game. . .we need to introduce some real stewards […]

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Controversial Calls: Stewards’ Rulings Need More Transparency, Accountability

Remember Game 3 of the 2013 World Series, the one that ended with an obstruction call, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox after it appeared the game would be going into extra innings when Allen Craig was thrown out at home plate? It was one of the most […]

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