stewards inquiry

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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Bolt D’Oro Moved Up, McKinzie Disqualified After Dramatic San Felipe

A lengthy stewards’ inquiry and a jockey’s objection decided the finish of Saturday’s Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes. The race, offering 50 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby to the winner, certainly lived up to its billing as a contest between two of the country’s top 3-year-olds. The Bob Baffert-trained McKinzie, ridden by […]

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‘Spirit Of Christmas’? Santa Appearance Draws Stewards’ Ire At Lingfield

A parade including Santa Claus and two of his elves did not go unnoticed on Saturday at Lingfield, reports racingpost.com. While the mounted trio was a hit with the crowd, stewards went as far as to hold an inquiry as to “why the clerk of the course failed to notify the racecourse department” about the […]

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McKinzie On Top In CashCall Futurity After Disqualification Of Solomini

Bob Baffert’s trainees crossed the wire just three-quarters of a length apart in first and second in Saturday’s Grade 1 CashCall Futurity, but stewards at Los Alamitos eventually decided to disqualify Solomini from first to third for interference in the stretch. Solomini, on the outside of a three-way battle in the stretch, was ruled to […]

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Royal Ascot Demonstrates ‘Transparency,’ ‘Seriousness’ With Detailed Inquiry Coverage

Last Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot saw a stewards’ inquiry into the stretch run of the race when two of the contestants were in close enough proximity to warrant concern. Eric Wing (along with a number of other American horseplayers on social media) was particularly impressed by the coverage of the subsequent stewards’ meeting with […]

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What’s He Doing There? Horses Avoid Hitting Man On Golden Gate Fields Turf Course

A Golden Gate Fields employee reportedly working on the Northern California track’s turf course timing system escaped serious injury in the fifth race on Friday, May 12, after erroneously thinking the race was being run on the outer main track – not the turf course. The man was positioned in the middle of the turf […]

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Tough Call: For Stewards, Officiating The Derby A Tall Order

When the stewards take their places on the seventh floor at Churchill Downs this Saturday, their goal will be to treat the day’s races (including the one heading to the post just after 6 p.m.) just as they would an evening card at Turfway Park. “Going into the day, we strive to officiate it as […]

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Towers: Gulfstream Rainbow Six DQ Only Part of Bigger Problems With Stewards’ Rulings

In the last race at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, a horseplayer held what would have been a winning ticket for the Rainbow Six jackpot, worth nearly $2 million. Instead, the horse, Collinito, was disqualified for interference and placed second behind Strategic Keeper, leading to a Rainbow Six carryover into Sunday and a general furor on social […]

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Star Channel Gets A Nose Ahead of Old Time Hockey in Sunshine Millions Turf

Displaying both his talent and courage, Star Channel made his first start for trainer Eddie Kenneally an interesting – and successful – one. The 5-year-old son of English Channel dueled with Grade 2 winner Old Time Hockey down the stretch and emerged from a photo finish a nose in front at the wire to win […]

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Egg Drop Ties Up Yellow Ribbon for Initial Stakes Success

She had to withstand a tough stretch duel with Appealing and a stewards that affected the top three finishers, but Little Red Feather Racing’s Egg Drop emerged with the victory in Monday’s Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar. It was the first stakes win for the 4-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Alphabet Soup out […]

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