Weekly Stewards and Commissions Rulings: June 7 – June 13



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 (or not) and where.



Track: Santa Anita
Date: 06/10/2022
Licensee: Jessica Pyfer, jockey
Penalty: Three-day suspension
Violation: Careless riding
Explainer: Jockey Jessica Pyfer, who rode Picture of a Lady in the first race at Santa Anita Park on June 5, 2022, is suspended for three racing days (June 17, 18 & 19, 2022) for altering course in the stretch without sufficient clearance and causing interference. This constitutes a violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1699 (Riding Rules – Careless Riding).

Track: Santa Anita
Date: 06/12/2022
Licensee: Abel Cedillo, jockey
Penalty: $750 fine
Explainer: Jockey Abel Cedillo is fined $750.00 for violation of California Horse Racing Board Rule #1688(b)(8)(d) (Use of Riding Crop–more than six times–second offense in last 60 days) during the third race at Santa Anita Park on June 11, 2022.


The following was recently posted on the Association of Racing Commissioners International recent rulings website.

Track: Gulfstream Park
Date: 11/23/2021
Licensee: Marcial Navarro
Penalty: $150 fine
Violation: Trainer responsibility
Explainer: Final Order – Case 2021-040103 – F.S. Chapter 550.105, F.A.C. Rule 61D-2.023(7)(c) – violation = Respondent FINED for failing to ensure that the Petitioner was notified of the death of “NOW A JAGUAR” within 18 hours as required by Florida Administrative Code. 5/24/2022 – Final Order Fine of $150 paid in full.


Track: Belmont Park
Date: 06/12/2022
Licensee: Steven Lascher, racing official
Penalty: $4,000 fine
Violation: Failure to follow Lasix procedure
Explainer: Mr. Steven Lascher is hereby fined $4,000 dollars for failing to follow proper Lasix procedure necessitating the late scratches of horses racing in the 7th race on June 9th, 2022.


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