Weekly Stewards and Commissions Rulings: Dec. 20-27

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Jose Ortiz | Coglianese

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Every week, the TDN publishes a roundup of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky.

Here's a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public and where.

There are two important notes. One is that Florida is expected to begin a new system, whereby a panel of stewards–one from the state and two association stewards–will hear medication and riding offenses (more on this in the primer).

There is currently no information on when that panel will begin hearing cases. We will be following developments and updating these weekly reports accordingly.

The other is that, due to the holidays, any rulings from this period that weren't publicly posted in time will be included in subsequent ruling roundups.

California

Track: Santa Anita

Date: 12/26/2021

Licensee: Kyle Frey, jockey

Penalty: Three day suspension

Violation: Careless riding

Explainer: Jockey KYLE FREY who rode JAMMING EDDY in the fourth race at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 12, 2021 is suspended for THREE (3) racing days (Jan. 2, 7, 8, 2022) for altering course without sufficient clearance in the turn and causing interference, which resulted in the disqualification of his mount from first to fifth place. This constitutes a violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1699 (Riding Rules-Careless Riding). Pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rule #1766 (Designated Races), the term of suspension shall not prohibit participation in designated races.

Track: Santa Anita

Date: 12/27/2021

Licensee: Roimes Chirinos, jockey

Penalty: $500 fine

Violation: Riding crop offense

Explainer: Jockey ROIMES CHIRINOS is fined FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00) for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(b)(7) (Use of Riding Crop–more than two times in succession–first offense within the past sixty days) during the eighth race at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26, 2021.

Track: Santa Anita

Date: 12/27/2021

Licensee: Jose Ortiz, jockey

Penalty: $200 fine

Violation: Failure to fulfill jockey agreement

Explainer: Jockey JOSE ORTIZ who was scheduled to ride #11 CROSBY BEACH in the first race Dec. 26, 2021 at Santa Anita Park is fined TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS ($200.00) for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1872 (Failure to Fulfill Jockey Agreement).

Track: Santa Anita

Date: 12/27/2021

Licensee: Eduard Rojas Fernandez, jockey

Penalty: $500 fine

Violation: Riding crop offense

Explainer: Jockey EDUARD ROJAS FERNANDEZ is fined FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00) for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(b)(8) (Use of Riding Crop–more than six times during the running of the race–first offense within the past 60 days) during the ninth race at Los Alamitos Race Course  Dec. 12, 2021.

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