08/17/2016 1:18PM

Careless Haskell ride on Nyquist costs Gutierrez $1,000

Michael Amoruso
Nyquist (right), under Mario Gutierrez, takes an early lead in the Haskell.

The Monmouth Park board of stewards has fined jockey Mario Gutierrez $1,000 for careless riding aboard Nyquist in the Haskell Invitational on July 31.

According to the stewards’ ruling, issued Aug. 6, Gutierrez was fined for violating New Jersey racing rule 13:70-11.1 regarding crossing over or weaving. The rule states, “When clear, a horse may be taken to any part of the course, but no horse shall cross over or weave in front of other horses in such a way as to impede them or constitute or cause interference or intimidation.”

According to John Heims, the director of media at Monmouth, Gutierrez was fined for “coming out going into the first turn and crowding.”

Nyquist finished fpurth in the Haskell behind Exaggerator, American Freedom, and Sunny Ridge. Rafael Bejarano, the rider of American Freedom, lodged an objection against Exaggerator and jockey Kent Desormeaux for interference in the stretch, but there was not an inquiry or objection regarding the first turn of the Haskell. Gutierrez’s fine does not affect the order of finish in the race.

Nyquist broke from post 1 over a sloppy track in the Haskell and remained several paths off the rail. He may have come outward slightly entering the first turn, with Awesome Slew and American Freedom just to his outside, but the incident did not appear to play a major role in the outcome.

** An earlier version of this article incorrectly named Joel Rosario as the rider of American Freedom. The rider was Rafael Bejarano.

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Jerry Mann 5 months ago
Let the jocks ride....
Chuck Berger 5 months ago
A bogus call by the stewards.
datdudeBPM 5 months ago
Leaving aside for a minute whether there should have been a fine, consider how silly it is that the punishment/fine is $1000. This was a million dollar race. The difference for the jockey in winning is between $60,000 and $25,000 and ten times that for the owner. Does anyone really think that $1000 serves as any sort of deterrent? If careless riding provides an advantage to get the money, the jockey has basically no disincentive to just ride carelessly. 
WMaier 5 months ago
Kent D. broke the rule -- probably unknowingly admitting to it. Ridiculous.
Cheryl Kleist 5 months ago
This is Kent D.'s M-O.  He has admitted it and said he uses it to intimidate other jockeys
as much as to win.  Usually, he manages to narrowly escape the consequences and cuts
it close!
WMaier 5 months ago
This is strange. Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Kent D. allude/state this explicitly in his post-race interview after the objection by Bejarano. Why didn't he get a fine?
Will LaTulippe 5 months ago
Garbage racing and awful stewardship.  Florida North.
Gaye Goodwin 5 months ago
What a crock ...
Virgil Villaroman 5 months ago
Poor judgement by the stewards. Mario just got off the rail due to a sloppy track. Ridiculous fine.
Walter Zoolander 5 months ago
I have seen the same tactics used my several different jockeys. On several different occasions, I have never seen a steward fine a jockey for these tactics. Good job Mario, boo stewards.
ArleneBromberg 5 months ago
Ridiculous I've seen worse incidents where the stewards (especially at  saratoga)  where the stewards dud nothing at all