02/28/2014 6:56PM

Gulfstream Park: Fans will get more information about calls made by stewards


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Gulfstream Park has announced a new policy whereby the track will provide bettors with more information regarding stewards’ decisions following rider objections or inquiries.

Track announcer Larry Collmus will provide a detailed explanation for each ruling while a replay of the infractions is highlighted and played from pan and head-on angles throughout the facility. A statement by the stewards will also be posted on the track’s website following each decision.

“We truly believe the bettor deserves a detailed explanation as to why a horse has or has not been disqualified,” said Gulfstream president Tim Ritvo. “We need to continue to find ways to improve the integrity and transparency of the sport. We have not done a good job explaining why our stewards have disqualified a horse and we’re going to change that. We have a few changes we will implement immediately and are studying other ideas to help clarify these situations, including putting a camera and microphone in the stewards’ booth.”

Ritvo said he has talked to several track officials and stewards from a variety of locales about this situation, which came to national prominence last Saturday after Collinito was disqualified from an apparent victory in the nightcap. A victory by Collinito would have rewarded one single ticket holder with the entire $1.4 million Rainbow 6 jackpot.

“I have talked to several track officials and respected stewards around the country looking for ways to improve the situation,” said Ritvo. “Obviously there’s never going to be a 100 percent consensus whether a horse should or should not be taken down in certain situations. We just want the stewards to be consistent and to treat each race individually because every scenario is different.”

Frank Frangello More than 1 year ago
The stewards should only be emplyed by the State racing board. I never understood why stewards are employed be the host track. There should also be a microphone and camera in the booth so the betting public can watch on how the stewards arrive at there decision. There should be more training for stewards, perhaps a mothly refresher course before they are assigned to a job.
mikey More than 1 year ago
We don't need to hear what 3 stooges have to say.They are just about saying they made a bad call.This was maybe the biggest take down in racing history.How would you feel if you bet a game and the refs work for the home team.Let the fans watch and hear as they make uo their mind.Like other sports with many refs only the crew chief makes the call.
racetrackandy More than 1 year ago
I believe the natural result should stand unless all three Stewards vote to disqualify and that the standard be to a certainty of 90% before you disqualify anyone. This would give everyone a clear understanding of how each inquiry is handled in every jurisdiction and it helps take the conscious and unconscious biases mostly out of the equation. In my opinion the Stewards are now putting horses up based on bad racing luck in many cases. There is no doubt in my mind that this standard (with some modifications where we can all agree) would benefit Horse Racing in the short and long run. And no talking to Jockeys. Some Jockeys are better communicators and better salesmen that others and there is nothing fair about that. I’m not sure that Stewards should be in the same room either. And by the way I think a camera or microphone in the Stewards room sounds good but would create more problems than it would solve.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Good move by GP; they are to be congratulated for responding to the betting public's demands for transparency. I certainly didn't expect such a rapid response to last weekend's controversy, but this move was overdue. Let's hope this becomes SOP at all tracks.
Harvey Hochberg More than 1 year ago
Any fan who invests money in a bet on the performance of an animal; wins the bet,BUT is NOT paid because of a HUMAN decision,is OWED an in-depth explanation of WHY he is not being paid,and the regulation that covers it.
Dave More than 1 year ago
I agree.....call in the 5th pretty much sums up whats going on over there this year.
avlamal More than 1 year ago
mr. ritvo u r a criminal for keeping this horse up today in the fifth outrageous u r an empty suit phony
avlamal More than 1 year ago
oh and by the way u totally sucked as a trainer too totally blew
mikey More than 1 year ago
What do you want from a so called man who was gelded to get his job.
avlamal More than 1 year ago
what bs this empty worded article is right on cue 5th race today chads horse no. 1 gets crossed body blocked nearing wire by winner stewards inquiry obvious dq what happens stays up incredible corruption there in this flagrant foul if there ever was one compare this race to the mild contact in the infamous dq re rainbow 6-outrageous! how could they leave this horse up today-it was that bad compare this race to the needless dq which was way way less egregious compared to today except the track needed to screw over some one to save the payout and keep the scam going see for yourself in todays 5th obviously this track is totally corrupted heads should roll
Joel Sandlin More than 1 year ago
As to the horse taken down at Gulfstream, I thought it was a bad call. I would like to see someone put together some kind of document stating what actions warrant a disqualification. It seems stewards aren't very consistent with their rulings. Maybe their decisions need to be reviewed by an independent board. They need to be held accountable just like everyone else.
johnd More than 1 year ago
Yeah, they close the gate AFTER the horses have left the corral. All the fan is going to get is some mish-mash BS. What I would much prefer is for OTB outlet to be fed photos of photo finishes.